AC/DC: Every Bon Scott Song Ranked! Part 2

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The countdown continues…

40 Cold Hearted Man/o:p

There’s a darkly atmospheric quality to Cold Hearted Man: a sense of foreboding in its slow, creeping riff, and its story of a mysterious loner with ‘ice in his eyes’. But it’s a song that has slipped through the cracks: included on the original European version of Powerage, but omitted from later editions./o:p

39 Little Lover/o:p

From the original Aussie version of High Voltage, this priapic heavy blues number included one of Bon’s naughtiest asides: ‘Killed me when I saw the wet patch on your seat/Was it… Coca-Cola?’/o:p

38 Dog Eat Dog/o:p

No other AC/DC song is as downright gnarly as this: a blast of bludgeon riffola from Let There Be Rock, on which Bon spoke of the fight for survival, but with tongue in cheek: ‘Dog eat dog/Eat cat too/Frenchy eat frog/And I eat you.’/o:p

37 Beating Around The Bush/o:p

AC/DC never played faster than on this white-knuckle ride from the Highway To Hell album. And as Bon bitched about yet another troublesome woman, he held nothing back: a performance of manic intensity./o:p

36 Crabsody In Blue/o:p

It’s The Jack, Part II: another dirty blues, the subject of which was laid out in that punning title. You can almost feel the itch as Bon croons: ‘Well they moved on down, and they crawled around.’ Featured on the original version of Let There Be Rock, the song was replaced by Problem Child on later editions./o:p

35 What’s Next To The Moon/o:p

This deep cut from Powerage has a seriously badass riff and a wickedly funny lyric from Bon with references to Superman and Casey Jones. ‘I didn’t mean to hurt that woman of mine,’ he protests, ‘It was a heart attack.’/o:p

34 Overdose/o:p

The unsung classic from Let There Be Rock is not a drug story but one of sexual obsession: ‘I overdosed on you.’ It begins in shambolic fashion – a false start and a bum note – but once the Young brothers are locked in, it all coalesces into a thing of hypnotic power./o:p

33 Gimme A Bullet/o:p

On Powerage they made it all sound so easy, so simple, and no more so than on Gimme A Bullet. Nothing fancy: just a great rock’n’roll band playing a great rock’n’roll song./o:p

32 Girls Got Rhythm/o:p

Of all the raunchy songs this band recorded, this is the raunchiest. Bon boasted of the girl in question: ‘She’s enough to start a landslide/Just a-walkin’ down the street.’ The ‘backseat rhythm’ he referred to is replicated in a bouncing, bump-and-grind riff./o:p

31 Kicked In The Teeth/o:p

The last track on Powerage is a real bruiser. It starts with a howl of indignation from Bon: ‘Two-faced woman with your two-faced lies!’ And when the band pile in behind him, it’s mayhem./o:p

30 Go Down/o:p

It says a lot about AC/DC’s brass balls that in 1977, at a key stage of their early career, they would open the Let There Be Rock album with a track as loose as Go Down. This is rock’n’roll in its most raw form. In the first few seconds the band is heard warming up, before being counted in by Bon. With the first big power chords there is a wail of feedback. And while the song is based around a hard, driving riff, it also breaks down midway through into a funky jam in which Bon and Angus play call-and-response with mock-orgasmic wailing. It was a song about blowjobs, after all./o:p

29 If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)/o:p

The title was so great that they used it for their 1978 live album and for this bullish track from Highway To Hell: a song pumped up with a violent energy and full of piss and vinegar./o:p

28 Get It Hot/o:p

From Highway To Hell, a song about cruisin’ and boozin’: two and a half minutes of pure groove, propelled by a floor-shaking bass line. It also has Bon taking a swipe at the big-nosed king of schmaltz, Barry Manilow. It was so typical of Bon: that sense of mischief that never left him./o:p

27 Rock ’N’ Roll Singer/o:p

This was Bon sticking it to The Man: sticking it to ‘nine to five livin’’, to ‘moral standards’, to ‘silly rules’ and, of course, to ‘all the other shit that you teach to kids in school.’ He was nearly thirty when the band recorded Rock ’N’ Roll Singer in 1975, and he delivered it with the cockiness of a man who knew that his time had come. The final line is his funniest fuck-you: ‘Gonna be a rock’n’roll star. Yes I are!’/o:p

26 Jailbreak/o:p

Recorded in 1974 and first released two years later as an Aussie-only single, Jailbreak never made the cut for any of the band’s early albums, but it’s a true cult classic. Powered by a stinging riff, it’s the tale of a killer banged up and plotting his escape. There is no Hollywood ending: ‘He made it out,’ Bon cries, ‘with a bullet in his back!’ According to George Young, the singer was so drunk when he cut Jailbreak, and put so much into his performance, that he passed out at the end./o:p

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