Beyond 'Back in Black': An AC/DC Playlist

“Back in Black,” “Highway to Hell” and other AC/DC anthems are known to most casual listeners. But the band’s catalog goes beyond concert and radio staples. In the spirit of the 21-gun salute on AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You),” here are 21 deeper-cut songs from the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras that deserve greater attention.

“Rock the Blues Away” (2014):

A prime example of AC/DC’s no-frills architecture: Crunchy tones, blue-collar lyrics, a feel-good melody and a rhythm so comfortable and wide, it invites you to climb in and enjoy the ride.

Bob Gendron has been obsessing over music, albums and audio ever since he landed a job at an indie record store at age 13. A longtime contributor to the Chicago Tribune and the first Associate Editorial Director at The Coda Collection, he was also the longtime Music Editor at The Absolute Sound and performed the same role at TONEAudio. Gendron is the author of “Gentlemen” (Bloomsbury) and a coauthor of “Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History” (Voyageur). His writing has also appeared in DownBeat, Rolling Stone, Revolver and other outlets.

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