AC/DC’s Thunderstruck belongs right there in the dictionary as the picture beside the word(s) rock and roll. It’s got it all: Angus Young’s riff buzzing around your face like an aggressive wasp, a driving rhythm from the drums and bass that feels like a runaway train, mindlessly juvenile lyrics, a soccer chant that conveys an urgent menace – and three (four?) guitars with absolutely perfect tone.
If you want to study how to write, perform, or produce a rock song, look no further. Brian Johnson’s vocals, Angus Young’s solo, Malcolm Young’s rhythm, the sound of the mix - they are all perfect. And, what – three hooks?
Go have a listen. Take a breath or two. You’ll need to, because you’ve been thunderstruck.