10 Underrated AC/DC Songs
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Since their albums sound consistently similar, it’s understandable that most of us don’t have an appreciation for their lesser-known songs. So, we’re here to help, and, in the spirit of discovery, our 10-song list comes in reverse chronological order to ease you into an appreciation for the small, much-forgotten parts of the legendary AC/DC. 1. 'Sweet Candy', Rock or Bust (2014) The sultry 2014 album Rock or Bust was the first without founder and guitarist Malcolm Young as well as the band’s highly anticipated return to creating new sounds. Whilst ‘Sweet Candy’ was not billed as a single, it is an excellent example of a fresher AC/DC wherein they move their focus from intense volume towards a more restrained sound. The drums and electric bass are steady and refined. Listen out for the guitar solo at the bridge, does it not remind you of the gliding cries of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Free Bird’? This, along with the deep harmonisation and throaty singing, is a calmer sample of the hard rock genre. 2. 'She Likes Rock N Roll', Black Ice (2008) An issue with said rock genre is often the sexism it brings along with it. Yet in ‘She Likes Rock N Roll’ AC/DC remind us that rock isn’t just for men. Whilst the sensualised lyrics about the titular woman perhaps aren’t brilliant cases of equality, it certainly is an empowering song from AC/DC’s fantastic comeback album. The song makes you feel like you’re a leather-donned patron in a dimly lit dive bar off the long dirt track, locking eyes with that special someone rocking the pool table. Maybe it’s worth wondering what the pause between “she likes,” and, “rock and roll” really means to you. 3. 'Money Made', Black Ice (2008) This Black Ice single is often overlooked for better-known tracks as WWE anthem ‘Spoiling for a Fight,’ and ‘War Machine’. It is somewhat cleaner than the other songs on the album, and Brendan O’Brien’s production value comes into play. Admittedly, for some this song may seem a little flat compared to the other menacing and thrill-seeking guitar riffs of their other works, and yet there is a sense of maturity and experience in the song’s message and tone. It features the monotonous motif “work, work, money made”, a nuanced chorus, and some brilliant lines like “there is no burning out”. AC/DC are here to reflect on our monetary-centric world, and, hopefully, rock the obsession out of us. 4. 'House of Jazz', Stiff Upper Lip (2000) Blues and jazz are the inspiration behind this song, just as the title suggests. Stiff Upper Lip is renowned for its rock and blues fusion threading throughout the album, embodied in 'House of Jazz', and was well-received upon release. Listen out for the introductory low and steady drum as it draws you in: so very subdued for AC/DC, it is almost relaxing. The song is a sneer worthy of Elvis Presley, and his cool, confident refrain. 5. 'Come and Get It', Stiff Upper Lip (2000) “Burnin' down the road in the night / Don't you scold me, or I'll bite…”
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