AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ Video Surpasses One Billion Views On YouTube
Written by megarock on October 31, 2021
AC/DC‘s music video for the song “Thunderstruck” has surpassed one billion views on YouTube. The David Mallet-directed clip, which was uploaded to YouTube in November of 2012, was filmed at London’s Brixton Academy on August 17, 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 video.
“Thunderstruck” was the lead single from AC/DC‘s 1990 album “The Razors Edge”. The song reached No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
In the 2003 re-release of “The Razors Edge”, AC/DC guitarist Angus Young explained in the liner notes how the song came about: “It started off from a little trick that I had on guitar. I played it to Mal [AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young] 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, something along the lines of ‘Powerage’ or ‘Highway To Hell’. 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.”