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The Best Angus Young Guitar Solos Of All Time

February 19, 2020 972 votes 84 voters 1.4k views36 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.

  • 1

    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

  • 2

    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

  • 3
    46
    11

    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

  • 4

    Thunderstruck

    AC/DC
    39
    12

    AlbumsThe Razors Edge

    ComposerAngus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)4:53

    Album: The Razor's Edge

    Released: 1990

    Solo: 3:11-3:25

  • 5

    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

  • 6

    AlbumsHighway to Hell

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)3:22

    Album: Highway to Hell

    Released: 1979

    Solo: 2:03-2:36

  • 7

    AlbumsHighway to Hell

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)3:28

    Album: Highway to Hell

    Released: 1979

    Solo: 2:11-3:27

  • 8
    34
    12

    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

  • 9

    You Shook Me All Night Long

    AC/DC
    31
    11

    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

  • 10

    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

  • 11

    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

  • 12

    T.N.T.

    AC/DC
    27
    8

    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

  • 13
    19
    2

    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

  • 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

  • 15

    AlbumsHighway to Hell

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)5:9

    Album: Highway to Hell

    Released: 1979

    Solo: 3:24-4:11

  • 16

    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

  • 17

    AlbumsBack in Black

    ProducerRobert Lange

    Length (seconds)3:58

    Album: Back in Black

    Released: 1980

    Solo: 2:21-2:48

  • 18
    13
    2

    Date Recorded1986

    Album: Who Made Who (Soundtrack)

    Released: 1986

    Solo: 1:42-1:56

  • 19
    16
    7

    AlbumsThe Razors Edge

    ComposerAngus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)3:45

    Album: The Razors Edge

    Released: 1990

    Solo: 2:14-2:45

  • 20

    AlbumsHighway to Hell

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)6:16

    Album: Highway to Hell

    Released: 1979

    Solo: 4:00-5:01

  • 21
    15
    9

    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

  • 22

    AlbumsStiff Upper Lip

    ComposerAngus Young, Malcolm Young

    ProducerGeorge Young

    Length (seconds)3:34

    Album: Stiff Upper Lip

    Released: 2000

    Solo: 1:48-2:18

  • 23

    Rocker

    AC/DC
    8
    4

    AlbumsDirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, T.N.T.

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)2:49

    Album: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

    Released: 1976

    Solo: 1:13-1:49

  • 24

    Ride On

    AC/DC
    11
    8

    AlbumsDirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)5:47

    Album: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

    Released: 1976

    Solo: 3:40-4:46

  • 25
    11
    8

    AlbumsPowerage

    ComposerBon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young

    Length (seconds)4:40

    Album: Powerage

    Released: 1978

    Solo: 1:54-2:37