Thunderstruck (song)

For the 2004 film, see

Thunderstruck (2004 film)



by AC/DC

from the album The Razors Edge
B-side “Fire Your Guns”
Released 10 September 1990
Recorded January 1990
music genre Hard rock[1]




label ATCO


Angus Young, Malcolm Young
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
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Thunderstruck “ is the jumper cable single on the 1990 album The Razors Edge by australian hard rock band AC/DC. The song was released as a unmarried in Germany, Australia, and Japan, and peaked at No. 5 on U.S. the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. In 2010, “ Thunderstruck ” topped Triple M ‘s Ultimate 500 Rock Countdown in Melbourne, Australia. The exceed five were all AC/DC songs. [ 2 ] With the exception of new material from an album they are touring behind, this is one of the only two songs released after For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) that the band inactive performs alive in concert, the other being “ Rock ‘N ‘ Roll Train ” .


Angus Young stated in the lining notes of the 2003 re-release of The Razors Edge :

“It started off from a little trick I had on guitar. I played it to Mal and he said ‘Oh, I’ve got a good rhythm idea that will sit well in the back.’ We built the song up from that. We fiddled about with it for a few months before everything fell into place. Lyrically, it was really just a case of finding a good title … We came up with this thunder thing and it seemed to have a good ring to it. AC/DC = Power. That’s the basic idea.”[3]

The video which accompanied the single was filmed at London ‘s Brixton Academy on 17 August 1990. The audience members were given free T-shirts with the words ‘AC/DC – I was Thunderstruck ‘ on the front and the date on the back, and these T-shirts were worn by the entire audience throughout the filming of the television. The song has sold over a million digital copies since it became available for digital download. [ 4 ]


The song is composed in the key of B major. The main riff is built of notes in the mixolydian modality .

Charts and certifications


  • Brian Johnson – run vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Slade – drums, percussion

Cover versions

  • In 2002, Australian hardhouse music duo, Blizzard Brothers Inc. released a remixed cover version of the song, which reached number 30 on the ARIA singles charts. template : specify
  • Bagpiper Gordon Duncan arranged the tune for solo pipes,[35] and recorded this on his album Thunderstruck.
  • Finnish country band Steve ‘N ‘ Seagulls covered the song, which went viral on YouTube, with over thirty million views.
  • The Croatian cello duo, 2Cellos, covered this song on their 2015 album Celloverse .


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  • The song was part of the payload of a calculator writhe which attacked the iranian nuclear program. This was not the Stuxnet worm which was considerably more destructive[36]
  • The song is played on the Atlético Madrid team bus just before the team arrives at the stadium for a match.[37]
  • The song is played before the start of every home game the Florida Gators football team plays at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
  • The song is used as on opening song for home games of the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals, respectively at Guaranteed Rate Field and Nationals Park. Elsewhere in Major League Baseball, “Thunderstruck” is used entrance music by Arizona Diamondbacks J.J. Putz, and a clip of the song is also played when he strikes out a hitter. The song had previously been used as entrance music for John Smoltz, when he was the closer for the Atlanta Braves, and now it is entrance music for Mark Melancon of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • The introduction to the song is played immediately prior to tip-off of Marquette Golden Eagles men’s basketball home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The student section accompanies the song with a side-to-side clap in unison with the beat.
  • In the NHL, the song is played during player introductions by the Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning


  • The song was used in the film varsity Blues in the sequence when the team is still drunk from the night at the strip club and have a Saturday football game. The song was also used on the Varsity Blues Original Soundtrack, although this version was performed by the band Sprung Monkey.
  • The song along with “If You Want Blood” is used in the 2005 movie The Longest Yard before the movie’s climatic final game.
  • The song appears in the video games Madden NFL 11 and the Rock Band expansion AC/DC Live : Rock Band Track Pack. However, in Madden NFL 11, the lyrics were slightly edited.
  • The song is used during the opening for the fifth season for Supernatural.
  • The song was one of the theme songs for WrestleMania twenty-six.
  • The song is used by Sussex County Cricket Club when players take to the pitch during Twenty20 matches.
  • Thunderstruck was used in the pilot episode of the TV series The Good Guys (2010).
  • The song was used for TV spots for the 2010 film Iron Man 2 and it appears on the AC/DC compilation album released as the film ‘s soundtrack.
  • Thunderstruck is the unofficial theme song of the annual thunder Over Louisville fireworks and air show in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • In the film battleship, the sequence in which Lt. Hopper and Captain Nagata’s crew and several World War II naval veterans reactivate the USS Missouri ( BB-63 ) has this song playing on the soundtrack.
  • The song is played at various times during Oklahoma City Thunder games.
  • The song is played at various times during Marshall Thundering Herd games of Marshall University.
  • The song was sometimes used by Manny Pacquiao during his ring walk.
  • The song was most often used by Arturo Gatti during his ring walk, especially due to his nickname being “Thunder”.
  • The song is used by the melbourne storm rugby league team when players take to the pitch during naval research laboratory matches.
  • The song is played at Pittsburgh Steelers home football games, generally during the fourth quarter when the Steelers defense is on the field to pump up the team and crowd when the defense is in need of a big stop.
  • The song is used by St Helens R.F.C. when the players take to the pitch during Super League matches.
  • The song has been the official entrance music for North Dakota State University Bison athletics for much of the last three decades. template : When
  • The song is used by Juventus F.C. at Juventus Stadium as an intro when Juventus players taking the field for pre-game warming up.
  • The song is played by Swansea City A.F.C. at the Liberty stadium as part of a pre-match intro when the players enter the pitch.
  • The song was used as the background track for the N.C. State baseball team’s introductory video for the 2013 season.
  • The song will appear in the soundtrack of the upcoming template : When disney video game Disney INFINITY.
  • The song is the official entrance music for the national-ranked Bergen Catholic High School wrestling team.
  • The song used to play at Six Flags Great Adventure on the ride Sky Screamer while the ride was in motion during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. It was removed during the 2014 season.
  • It was used in a baseball scene in the show The Crazy Ones.
  • The song is used before first or second-half kickoffs of many United States men ‘s national soccer team home matches.
  • The song was used in the navigate episode of the 2014 fox television series Enlisted.
  • The song is the official entrance for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders pre-game performance. They also performed the song at Wrestlemania 32.
  • The song was used in the fireworks display of New Year in Sydney 2014.
  • The song is the official introduction of the Naptown Roller Girls A-Team, the Tornado Sirens.
  • The angry Birds Toons episode “Thunder Chuck” is a reference to this.
  • The song has been used to showcase a proud parent’s video editing and guitar skills accompanied by a children’s choir.
  • In Annoying orange, “Monster Truck” is a parody of this.
  • A popular drinking game played in Northeastern US colleges involves a circle of participants alternating chugs of beer every time the word “thunder” is sung or chanted.
  • The song is also featured in the 2014 Disney movie Planes : Fire & Rescue, just before the smokejumpers battle a fire, and also in several trailers.
  • The song is often heard before third downs and after touchdowns at the National Football League’s New England Patriots’ home games.
  • The song is used by the Virginia Cavaliers football and men ‘s basketball teams to open games at Scott stadium and John Paul Jones Arena, respectively. Students chant ” Wahoos!” over the song’s “Thunder” chant.
  • The song is played before Alabama Crimson Tide football home games as the team takes the field.
  • The song is often played by members of the British Army’s 16th Airborne Brigade Pathfinder Platoon before they conduct a HALO jump[38]
  • The song is played 10 seconds before kickoff for Middlesbrough Football Club at the Riverside Stadium.
  • The song is used as the theme tune to Monster Jam’s Blue Thunder.
  • Part of the song is used right before the tip-off of Maryland Terrapins basketball games. The line “I was shakin’ at the knees!” is repeated multiple times just before the start of the game.
  • The song is played on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 advertisement.
  • The song appeared in the film Daddy ‘s home plate.
  • The song is played on a 2016 television commercial for the iPhone


  • The song is played on a 2002 television receiver commercial for the Holden Commodore VU utility.


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