"Hells Bells" is the first track of Australian hard rock band AC/DC's first album without Bon ScottBack in Black. It is the first song on Brian Johnson's debut album for the band.

The song begins with the slow tolling of a bell followed by an intro played by Angus Young, with Malcolm Young then joining to create the classic Back in Black double-guitar sound, followed by Phil Rudd on drums and Cliff Williams on bass, creating a wall of sound.

The bell used by the band was a 2000 pound cast bronze bell made by John Taylor Bellfounders in Loughborough.[citation needed] The bell used in the song is pitched to the note 'A.'[citation needed] The song also appears on Who Made Who, AC/DC's 1986 soundtrack to the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive, and on both versions of 1992's AC/DC Live.

In 2010, the band Gregorian covered "Hells Bells" and it is included in their album Dark Side of the Chant.

Personnel[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart positions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1981) Peak


Germany (Media Control Charts)[1] 25
U.S. BillboardHot Mainstream Rock Tracks[2] 50

In popular culture[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The song was used as the entrance music for former Major League Baseball (MLB) player Trevor Hoffman at home games from 1998–2010, thrilling the crowd as he emerged.[3][4] The San Diego Padres' usage of "Hells Bells" for Hoffman was a forerunner in the heavy metal theme songs for closers used throughout MLB stadiums.[5][6] San Jose Mercury News and ESPN.comwrote that the song should be honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.[7][8] At Hoffman's number retirement ceremony, Brian Johnson paid tribute in a video to Hoffman for "rocking the mound".[9][10]

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.