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Old 03-23-15, 04:11 PM
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Ranking AC/DC albums

The band has 15+ albums and just released Rock or Bust last year. I haven't listened to them all but I like all the ones I have:

1. Back in Black
2. Highway to Hell
3. Let there be Rock
4. Black Ice
5. Fly on the Wall
6. Blow up your Video

The Iron Man 2 Soundtrack is sorta their Greatest Hits album but you can include that too.

Did they even make any bad albums?
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Re: Ranking AC/DC albums

No bad albums in my opinion just some that are more awesome than others.

Back In Black
For Those About To Rock
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Let There Be Rock
Powerage
High Voltage
Highway To Hell
Razor's Edge
Black Ice
Rock Or Bust
Stiff Upper Lip
Ballbreaker
Fly On The Wall
Flick Of The Switch
Blow Up Your Video
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IMO the closest thing to bad albums are Fly On The Wall and Blow Up Your Video. Both are lacking the true great songs that hold up to the others.

IMO the best are Back In Black and Highway To Hell given both have no bad songs and are loaded with classics.

I do wonder if people will be using the original version of the Bon Scott albums or their messed up re-releases. In a perfect world '74 Jailbreak would never exist.
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Re: Ranking AC/DC albums

Originally Posted by hdnmickey View Post
IMO the closest thing to bad albums are Fly On The Wall and Blow Up Your Video. Both are lacking the true great songs that hold up to the others.

IMO the best are Back In Black and Highway To Hell given both have no bad songs and are loaded with classics.

I do wonder if people will be using the original version of the Bon Scott albums or their messed up re-releases. In a perfect world '74 Jailbreak would never exist.
Yes, but then all of the North American versions of ...
High Voltage
Let There Be Rock
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
...would be very different. Plus you'd have the added album T.N.T. essentially in place of '74 Jailbreak - which in our case is an EP and not an album, existing solely as a way to give us the handful of songs we were missing from the original Australian releases.

Oh, and I like Blow Up You Video quite a bit.
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Re: Ranking AC/DC albums

Highway to Hell
Back in Black
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
High Voltage
For Those About to Rock We Salute You
74 Jailbreak
Fly on the Wall

couldn't really think of anymore, but these are the ones I own.
I also have the Bonfire box set which I like a lot.
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Let me recommend Flick of the Switch... criminally underrated. Very hard album, his voice sounds great and none of the songs are overplayed by any stretch
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Let me recommend Flick of the Switch... criminally underrated. Very hard album, his voice sounds great and none of the songs are overplayed by any stretch
Flick of the Switch is probably my favorite AC/DC song.
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I like all of the bon scott albums alot!! better than any of the brian johnson albums
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I'd go:

Highway to Hell
Back in Black
If You Want Blood You've Got It
For those about to rock
Flick of the Switch

The early albums all kind of run together for me and I got out of AC/DC almost completely after 1985. Started listening again with Black Ice. Time will tell where Black Ice and Rock or Bust go in my little list. I did enjoy both albums tho.
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1. Back in Black
2. Highway To Hell
3. Powerage
4. Let There Be Rock
5. High Voltage/TNT/Dirty Deeds in any configuration
6. For Those About To Rock (for title track only)
All others sound like generic filler tracks. No really good hooks that grab you. The do rock though.
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Re: Ranking AC/DC albums

Powerage
Highway to Hell
Back in Black
Flick of the Switch
Razor's Edge
For Those About Rock
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Highway to Hell is by far the best album. I just listened to Powerage on CD the other night and the mix is so heavy on treble, it's unlistenable. But I remember really liking that album when it came out. I could take or leave the Brian Johnson stuff.
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Powerage has always been my favorite album (along w/both Keith Richards and Eddie Van Halen, fyi).

Regarding the mix, I do know that different pressings of the early LP releases did in fact have different mixes. I have both the initial UK and US pressings and can notice small nuances between the recordings, fyi. It's an interesting comparison if you get the chance.

Second place for me would be the Aussie pressing of Let There Be Rock (which includes the criminally underrated Crabsody in Blue).

With a few exceptions, I too could take or leave the Brian Johnson-era stuff.
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Powerage is my favorite then maybe the Aussie Dirty Deeds. The "remastered" cds really suck sound wise. Way too loud and brickwalled. I have the original versions. The original Australian versions of the early albums are a must.
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Glad to see others picking Powerage as their favorite.
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Powerage has always been my favorite album (along w/both Keith Richards and Eddie Van Halen, fyi).

Regarding the mix, I do know that different pressings of the early LP releases did in fact have different mixes. I have both the initial UK and US pressings and can notice small nuances between the recordings, fyi. It's an interesting comparison if you get the chance.

Second place for me would be the Aussie pressing of Let There Be Rock (which includes the criminally underrated Crabsody in Blue).

With a few exceptions, I too could take or leave the Brian Johnson-era stuff.
Agree about Powerage. Sin City is awesome
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Highway To Hell is their undisputed best album. The whole band is simply on fire and each and every track on it is a stone cold rock and roll classic.

After that, as cliche as it is, Back In Black is their second best. Again, not a single less than great song on it and Brian Johnson never ever sounded better than he did with his first outing with the band.

At that point you're already getting into diminishing returns, IMO. The earlier Bon Scott albums have a lot of great material but I can't name a single pre-Highway album that doesn't have some filler or a dud. The post-BiB albums are really all over the place. I'd probably say The Razor's Edge is their second best album with Brian. I can't remember a single song from Black Ice or their last album.
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Re: Ranking AC/DC albums

Not sure about "best" but my top five.

74 Jailbreak - first one I listened to, and I really associate it with getting into rock and roll
Fly on the Wall - I know I'm in the minority, but this sounds enough AC/DC to be AC/DC, but enough different to stand out to me.
Dirty Deeds - found in high school, and of course Big Balls and Dirty Deeds were so titillating
Highway to Hell
Flick of the Switch
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Re: Ranking AC/DC albums

1. Back In Black
2. Flick Of The Switch
3. For Those About To Rock
4. Highway To Hell
5. Rock or Bust
6. Blow Up Your Video
7. Fly On The Wall
8. Powerage
9. Let There Be Rock
10. High Voltage
11. The Razor's Edge
12. Black Ice
13. Dirty Deeds
14. Ballbreaker
15. Stiff Upper Lip


For my money the Bon Scott era is a little overrated. There are a ton of great songs there, but that era has more than it's share of filler and duds. And I prefer the slightly different musical style of the Brian Johnson era, too.
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While there is much debate about whether or not AC/DC is heavy metal or hard rock (I believe the band themselves reject the heavy metal label) I have to say that "Highway to Hell" and "Back in Black" are two of the great heavy metal albums.
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I have been on a major AC/DC kick lately and I have listened to each of their albums at least twice in that time, so I am ready to rank:

Back In Black
Powerage
Razor's Edge
Dirty Deeds
Let There Be Rock
Flick Of The Switch
Blow Up Your Video
For Those About To Rock
Black Ice
Highway To Hell
Fly On The Wall
Stiff Upper Lip
High Voltage
Ballbreaker
Rock Or Bust
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Re: Ranking AC/DC albums

He has a lot of haters out there, but I see no coincidence that 3 of the typically highest ranked AC/DC albums are produced by Mutt Lange. They are the 3 I would put at the top.
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He has a lot of haters out there, but I see no coincidence that 3 of the typically highest ranked AC/DC albums are produced by Mutt Lange. They are the 3 I would put at the top.
Lange had one hell of a run there in the late 70s/early 80s with Highway to Hell, Back in Black, For Those About to Rock, High and Dry, Pyromania, Foreigner 4, and Heartbeat City.

Then, after Hysteria, he just sort of fell off of the map. He still had a lot of hits under his belt with Britney Spears and Shania Twain, but he never really seemed to top that five year run.
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I think his work with Bryan Adams and Shania was very strong as well. But I understand not everybody likes those artists. But yeah, short of the work with Twain, things went down hill after Hysteria.
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Re: Ranking AC/DC albums

Powerage
Highway To Hell
High Voltage
Let There Be Rock
Dirty Deeds

Then all the Brian Johnson albums in no particular order. I never need to listen to Back In Black ever again though.

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