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"Highway to Hell" is the opening track of AC/DC's 1979 album Highway to Hell. It was initially released as a single in 1979.

The song was written by Angus YoungMalcolm Young and Bon Scott, with Malcolm Young credited for writing the guitar riff which became an instant classic.[1] AC/DC had made several studio albums before and were constantly promoting them via a grueling tour schedule, referred to by Angus Young as being on a highway to hell.[1]

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Background[edit]Edit

The song's title reflects the incredibly arduous nature of touring constantly and life on the road.[1]

The single spent 45 weeks on the German Singles Chart, even though it peaked at only No. 30, in its 19th week on that chart.[2]

Bon Scott, whose talent as a singer and rock frontman were at a peak, was found dead in the back of a friend's car, just over six months after the song was released and would never enjoy the band's incredible success that was to come.[1]

"Highway to Hell" won the 'Most Played Australian Work Overseas' category at the 2009 APRA Awards.[3]

Personnel[edit]Edit

Production[edit]Edit

"Highway to Hell" was produced by Mutt Lange as part of the album by the same name, and his work is regarded as a significant factor in delivering one of the classic AC/DC albums, the emergence of the double-guitar sound which was later perfected on Back in Black, and improved backing vocals with Malcolm Young joined by Cliff Williams for the first time.[1]

Live recordings[edit]Edit

"Highway to Hell" has been included on three official live albums:

List of accolades[edit]Edit

Notable Covers[edit]Edit

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1979) Peak

position

Germany (Media Control AG)[6] 30
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 24
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 47
Chart (1992) Peak

position

US BillboardHot Mainstream Rock Tracks[7] 29
Chart (2012) Peak

position

Scotland (Official Charts Company)[8] 36
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 40
US BillboardHot Digital Songs[7] 31
Chart (2013) Peak

position

Ireland (IRMA)[10] 23
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[8] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 4

Track listing[edit]Edit

UK[edit]Edit

Released 1992 by ATCO

  1. "Bonny"/"Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "Hells Bells (Live)"
  3. "The Jack (Live)"

Germany and France[edit]Edit

Released 1992 by ATCO

  1. "Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (Live)"
  3. "High Voltage (Live)"

Australia[edit]Edit

Released 1992 by Albert Productions / Epic Records

  1. "Bonny"/"Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "High Voltage (Live)"
  3. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (Live)"

US and Canada[edit]Edit

Released 1979 by Atlantic Records (Atlantic #3617)

  1. A Side: "Highway To Hell"
  2. B Side: "Night Prowler"

Released 1992 by ATCO (Atco #98491-2)

  1. "Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (Live)"

Released 1992 by ATCO (Atco #96135-2)

  1. "Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (Live)"
  3. "The Jack (Live)"
  4. "High Voltage (Live)"

Released 1992 by ATCO

  1. "Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (Live)"
  3. "The Jack (Live)"
  4. "High Voltage (Live)"
  5. "Back in Black (Live)"

Personnel[edit]Edit

Use in popular culture[edit]Edit

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