The Best Angus Young Guitar Solos Of All Time

List Rules
Studio recordings only.

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.

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  • Whole Lotta Rosie
    1
    68 votes
    • Album(s): Let There Be Rock
    • Composer: Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young
    • Length (seconds): 3:31

    Album: Let There Be Rock

    Released: 1978

    Solo: 2:20-3:38

  • Let There Be Rock
    2
    39 votes
    • Album(s): Let There Be Rock
    • Composer: AC/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

  • Shot Down in Flames
    3
    37 votes
    • Album(s): Highway to Hell
    • Composer: Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young
    • Length (seconds): 3:22

    Album: Highway to Hell

    Released: 1979

    Solo: 2:03-2:36

  • Highway to Hell
    4
    32 votes
    • Album(s): Highway to Hell
    • Composer: Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young
    • Length (seconds): 3:28

    Album: Highway to Hell

    Released: 1979

    Solo: 2:11-3:27

  • Back in Black
    5
    46 votes
    • Album(s): Back in Black, Stiff Upper Lip
    • Composer: AC/DC, Angus Young, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young
    • Producer: Robert Lange
    • Length (seconds): 4:8

    Album: Back in Black

    Released: 1980

    Solo: 1:48-2:30

    • Album(s): For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
    • Composer: Angus 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