AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and were named the seventh "Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time" by MTV. In 2004, AC/DC were ranked number 72 in the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". In 2010, AC/DC were ranked number 23 in the VH1 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
As of 2010, AC/DC have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, as of the releases of their latest albums, Black Ice and the AC/DC: Iron Man 2 soundtrack, including 71 million albums in the United States.
It was Bon Scott who told Angus Young about Brian Johnson (which lead to picking him as the new vocalist after Bon's death): "There's this guy up there screaming at the top of his lungs and then the next thing you know he hits the deck. He's on the floor, rolling around and screaming. I thought it was great, and then to top it off - you couldn't get a better encore - they came in and wheeled the guy off!"
Falsely assumed to be a short form of "Anti-Christ Devil's Children", the band's name has a much more innocent origin: The Youngs' sister Margeret suggested it after seeing it on the back of a vacuum cleaner. In fact it is just the abbreviation of "Alternating Current/Direct Current". Additionally, the band claim to have no knowledge at the time of their initial rise to fame that their name was British slang for bisexuality.
AC/DC's lyrics usually deal with some combination of drinking, sex and Rock. They never play ballads and steer clear of any political songs.
They sometimes had trouble getting into their own shows because they looked just as scruffy as their fans.
Three teenagers were crushed to death at their concert in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 18, 1991, when the crowd rushed to the front to get the best seats. The band did not know of the deaths, and played on to avoid further problems. They were devastated when they found out some fans were killed.
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