5 Iconic Riffs From Angus Young That’s Not ‘Highway To Hell’

5 Iconic Riffs From Angus Young That’s Not ‘Highway To Hell’ | Society Of Rock Videos

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Haters always point out that AC/DC’s music is formulaic. That may be so but if it still works, why change it? And the fact that the band is still here making new records is proof that they’re one of rock’s most reliable institutions. And Angus Young is key to their distinctive sound. Here are his most iconic riffs:


It’s simple but powerful. And combined with Bon Scott’s incredible vocals, Angus Young delivers searing riffs that anyone can learn. It may not be that hard but it deserves its iconic status.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Young came through with this one. Like “T.N.T.”, this is fairly easy to learn but Young does a lot of work for almost four minutes. He sets the tone for the whole song.

Shoot To Thrill

There’s so much to love about his riffs and it just pumps you up. Young knows how to melt our faces off.

Back In Black

Angus Young at the height of his powers, ladies and gentlemen. The riffs are infectious, unforgettable, and hands-down legendary. The song perfectly captures the band’s ethos.


Speaking of iconic, we cannot leave this out. A few seconds into the track and you just know it’s “Thunderstruck.” There’s a reason why this is one of AC/DC’s most enduring and best known songs – Angus Young doesn’t hold back with his manic and intricate guitar work.

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