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The Best Angus Young Guitar Solos Of All Time

February 19, 2020 781 votes 70 voters36 items

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Ranking the best Angus Young guitar solos of all time is a difficult feat. Practically every AC/DC song includes a blistering solo, thanks in large part to the band's historic emphasis on the legendary guitarist as its front man (both during the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson years). Nearly 50 years since the group's launch, Young is still in the studio and doing his famed duck walk dance onstage today, so suffice to say, the catalogue of solo choices is unfathomably deep. 

While some of Young's best cadenzas achieve this status due to their pure ferocity, many too have gone down in history for their interaction with other elements of the songs they share. The guitar solos in "Thunderstruck" and "Let There Be Rock" are two noteworthy giants which meet both these criteria. But, regardless of why the segments on this list are included, they all share one commonality: they are among Angus Young's best moments throughout the expansive AC/DC discography.

Vote up your favorite Angus Young guitar solos below, and be sure to add any that you feel we may have missed. 

Album and date on each song refers to American releases.

  • Whole Lotta Rosie1

    AlbumsLet There Be Rock

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)3:31

    Album: Let There Be Rock

    Released: 1978

    Solo: 2:20-3:38

    More Whole Lotta Rosie 

    #73 of 215 The Best Songs with a Girl's Name in the Title#26 of 106 The Best Songs About Women

  • Let There Be Rock2

    AlbumsLet There Be Rock

    ComposerAC/DC, Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)17:43

    Album: Let There Be Rock

    Released: 1977

    Solos: 1:13-1:48, 3:00-3:32, 4:22-6:05

  • Back in Black3
    41
    10

    AlbumsBack in Black, Stiff Upper Lip

    ComposerAC/DC, Angus Young, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young

    ProducerRobert Lange

    Length (seconds)4:8

    Album: Back in Black

    Released: 1980

    Solo: 1:48-2:30

    More Back in Black 

    #4 of 19 Greatest Guitar Riffs of All Time#9 of 21 21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

  • It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)4

    AlbumsHigh Voltage, T.N.T.

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)5:1

    Album: High Voltage

    Released: 1976

    Solo: 1:55-2:33

    More It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) 

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  • Thunderstruck5
    37
    11

    Thunderstruck

    AC/DC

    AlbumsThe Razors Edge

    ComposerAngus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)4:53

    Album: The Razor's Edge

    Released: 1990

    Solo: 3:11-3:25

  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap6

    AlbumsDirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)4:11

    Album: Dirty Deed Done Dirt Cheap

    Released: 1976

    Solo: 2:00-2:30

  • Jailbreak 7
    32
    11

    AlbumsDirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

    ComposerAC/DC, Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)4:41

    Album: '74 Jailbreak (EP)

    Released: 1984

    Solo: 2:34- 3:26, 3:53-4:40

  • T.N.T.8
    25
    4

    T.N.T.

    AC/DC

    AlbumsHigh Voltage, T.N.T.

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)3:34

    Album: High Voltage

    Released: 1976

    Solo: 2:10-2:30

  • Highway to Hell9

    AlbumsHighway to Hell

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)3:28

    Album: Highway to Hell

    Released: 1979

    Solo: 2:11-3:27

    More Highway to Hell 

    #1680 of 3,867 The Best Songs Of All Time, Ranked#14 of 104 The Best Halloween Songs

  • You Shook Me All Night Long10
    28
    8

    You Shook Me All Night Long

    AC/DC

    AlbumsBack in Black

    ComposerAngus Young, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young

    ProducerRobert Lange

    Length (seconds)3:30

    Album: Back in Black

    Released: 1980

    Solo: 2:20-2:48

    More 

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  • Shot Down in Flames11

    AlbumsHighway to Hell

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)3:22

    Album: Highway to Hell

    Released: 1979

    Solo: 2:03-2:36

    More Shot Down in Flames 

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  • For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)12

    AlbumsFor Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

    ComposerAngus Young, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)5:44

    Album: For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

    Released: 1981

    Solo: 2:45-3:17

  • Bad Boy Boogie13

    AlbumsLet There Be Rock

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)4:29

    Album: Let There Be Rock

    Released: 1978

    Solo: 2:20-3:34

    More Bad Boy Boogie 

    #22 of 115 The Best Songs with Bad in the Title#97 of 121 The Best Songs with Boy in the Title

  • If You Want Blood (You've Got It)14

    AlbumsHighway to Hell

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)4:36

    Album: Highway to Hell

    Released: 1979

    Solo: 2:27-2:55

  • Live Wire15
    15
    1

    AlbumsHigh Voltage, T.N.T.

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)5:49

    Album: High Voltage 

    Released: 1976

    Solo: 2:47-3:57

  • Walk All Over You16

    AlbumsHighway to Hell

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)5:9

    Album: Highway to Hell

    Released: 1979

    Solo: 3:24-4:11

  • Meanstreak17
    2
    2

    Meanstreak

    AC/DC

    AlbumsBlow Up Your Video

    Length (seconds)4:9

    Album: Blow Up Your Video

    Released: 1988

    Solo: 1:40-2:12

  • Have a Drink on Me18

    AlbumsBack in Black

    ProducerRobert Lange

    Length (seconds)3:58

    Album: Back in Black

    Released: 1980

    Solo: 2:21-2:48

  • Who Made Who19
    11
    1

    Date Recorded1986

    Album: Who Made Who (Soundtrack)

    Released: 1986

    Solo: 1:42-1:56

  • Moneytalks20
    14
    5

    AlbumsThe Razors Edge

    ComposerAngus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)3:45

    Album: The Razors Edge

    Released: 1990

    Solo: 2:14-2:45

  • The Jack21
    12
    8

    AlbumsHigh Voltage, T.N.T.

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)5:50

    Album: High Voltage

    Released: 1976

    Solo: 1:59-2:37

    More The Jack 

    #4 of 93 The Best Songs About Jacks#14 of 31 The Best Songs About Poker

  • Stiff Upper Lip22

    AlbumsStiff Upper Lip

    ComposerAngus Young, Malcolm Young

    ProducerGeorge Young

    Length (seconds)3:34

    Album: Stiff Upper Lip

    Released: 2000

    Solo: 1:48-2:18

  • Rock or Bust23

    Date Recorded2014

    Album: Rock or Bust

    Released: 2014

    Solo: 1:58-2:16

  • Black Ice24
    7
    2

    AlbumsBlack Ice

    ComposerAngus Young, Malcolm Young

    ProducerBrendan O'Brien

    Length (seconds)3:25

    Album: Black Ice

    Released: 2008

    Solo: 1:52-2:12

    More Black Ice 

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  • Sin City25
    8
    5

    AlbumsPowerage

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)4:40

    Album: Powerage

    Released: 1978

    Solo: 1:54-2:37