"Back in Black" is a rock classic by Australian band AC/DC. It was the title track of their 1980 album of the same name, which was released following the death of lead singer Bon Scott.
Back in Black
from the album 'Back in Black'
- Artist: AC/DC
- Release date: July 25, 1980
- Label: Albert, Atlantic
- Songwriter: Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Malcolm Young
- Mode: A Major
- Genre: Hard rock
- BPM: 94 (double-time at 188 BPM)
- Length: 4'15"
The story of Back In Black
Over 50 million copies of the album have been sold worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. It has received a 22x Platinum certification in the US and is now the second best-selling album there, only behind "Thriller" by Michael Jackson. The album has also received Platinum or multi-Platinum certification in several other nations and has been certified Diamond in Canada, denoting sales of over 1 million copies.
Driving guitar chords and a strong rhythm section are included in the arrangement of "Back in Black." The lyrics of the song, which were written by the band's lead guitarist Angus Young and drummer Phil Rudd, focus on overcoming hardship and conquering it. I hit the sack, I've been too long, I'm pleased to be back, the introductory words imply that the narrator has been through a trying time but is now prepared to move forward and resume work. One of the most recognizable and enduring lines in rock music history is the chorus of the song, which goes, "I'm back in black, I hit the sack, I've been too long, I'm pleased to be back."
Other notable lyrics in the song include:
"I'm dirty, but I'm feeling pretty and I'm young, yeah, my tongue's getting tied" "I'm back in black, yes, I'm back in black" "Well, I'm back, yes, I'm back"
The catchy chorus and straightforward yet impactful lyrics of "Back in Black" have made it one of AC/most DC's lasting and well-known songs.
"Back in Black" is accessible for download in a number of file types, including mp3, and streaming on websites like Spotify. Guitar players who want to learn the song frequently use the guitar tabs and guitar chords for it, which are both publicly available online and demonstrate the song's chord progression.
The song has been covered numerous times by other artists and has been included on numerous "best of" and "greatest hits" collections. It is considered a rock classic and has been praised for its catchy hooks, powerful arrangement, and memorable lyrics.
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