You Shook Me All Night Long

Composed by Angus Young / Brian Johnson / Malcolm Young

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One of the best tracks on Back in Black, one of hard rock's greatest albums, "You Shook Me All Night Long" isn't that different from the rest of the classic 1980 album. It's got a simple beat; a melodic, heavy rock-boogie riff; a shrill, pumping guitar solo; Brian Johnson's gravelly, raspy vocals; and easy-to-learn, almost exultant, double-entendre lyrics ("Taking more than her share/Had me fighting for air/She told me to come but I was already there"). What also made "You Shook Me" so significant and unforgettable was that it was equal parts naughty and proud, pop-tinged yet stomp-worthy -- which is exactly what AC/DC exemplified when at their best. "You Shook Me" is a night-after bragging session with a heavy dose of swagger and pomp, yet its pop-tinged guitar chords give the song a slap-on-the-back, beer-swilling friendliness. The song was included on AC/DC's 1986 album Who Made Who, and its accompanying video got substantial airplay on MTV. In 1994, Veruca Salt named their debut album American Thighs (from the song's lyric "And knocking me out with those American thighs"). "You Shook Me" is such a hard rock staple that it's still popular at sporting events and bars, and it remains one of AC/DC's, and hard rock's, most memorable party anthems.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Back in Black 1980 Epic 3:28
Who Made Who 1986 Columbia
Live 1992 Sony Music Distribution 3:54
No Image 1994 Atlantic 3:30
No Bull [Video] 1996 Legacy 4:04
Private Parts 1997
Original Soundtrack
Warner Bros. 3:52
Bonfire 1997 Elektra 3:30
Stiff Upper Lip Live 2001 Elektra
Good Times: 30 Years of Great Australia 2002
Various Artists
Festival Records
The Family Jewels [Video] 2005 Epic / Sony Music
Box Set [17 CD] 2006 Albert Productions 3:30
No Image 2007 Legacy
Backtracks 2009 Columbia / Legacy
Live at River Plate [DVD] 2011 Columbia / Sony Music Entertainment / Sony Music Video
No Image 2012 Columbia 3:31
No Image 2012 Columbia 3:31
Good Times: Celebrating 50 Years of Albert Productions 2014
Various Artists
J. Albert & Son 3:33
Reunion in Dallas 2016 Good Ship Funke 3:48
What Do You Do With Money Honey 2016 Laser Media 4:12
Tokyo 1981 2016 Zip City 3:25
Rock and Roll: Rare Radio Broadcasts 2016 Laser Media
Rocks Detroit Immortal
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