Whole Lotta Rosie

Composed by Angus Young / Bon Scott / Malcolm Young

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The story behind AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie" has by now become etched in the annals of rock & roll history. One of hard rock's all-time greatest moments, and quite possibly the heaviest song recorded by the band during the Bon Scott era, the song is also one of its most popular. By extension, its subject, the ubiquitous Rosie, remains the most memorable among Scott's vastly chronicled womanizing exploits. Not exactly a candidate for Miss Australia, the portly Tasmanian ("Weighing in at 19 stone") reportedly took a well-liquored Bon home for a bout of after-show horseplay, boasting she'd already bedded 18 men that month (the next morning, she supposedly turned to her roommate and shouted "29!"). Sure enough, the singer was impressed (or traumatized) enough to immortalize Rosie's bountiful attributes in the song: "She ain't exactly pretty, Ain't exactly small, 42-39-56, You could say she's got it all." In concert, its instantly recognizable introductory riff would automatically incite the audience to chant "Angus! Angus!" in years to come, and it has been played nightly ever since. And generally speaking, "Whole Lotta Rosie" also epitomized the Let There Be Rock album's incredible energy. Playing as loud and as hard as it could, the band didn't even stop when volume and distortion set speakers exploding into flames. The jaw-dropping intensity which came forth represented a quantum leap for AC/DC in terms of sheer power and vicious execution, and launched the band into another level as performers.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Let There Be Rock 1977 Warner Home Video
If You Want Blood You've Got It 1978 Sony Music Distribution 4:05
Let There Be Rock [Video] 1991 Falcon Neue
Live 1992 Sony Music Distribution 4:30
No Bull [Video] 1996 Legacy 5:20
No Image 1997 EastWest 4:55
No Image 1997 Kickass
No Image 1998 Kickass
Stiff Upper Lip 2000 404 Music Group 5:27
No Image 2000 My Little Sister's 4:17
Stiff Upper Lip Live 2001 Elektra
Stiff Upper Lip [EP] 2001 EastWest 5:25
The Family Jewels [Video] 2005 Epic / Sony Music
Box Set [17 CD] 2006 Albert Productions 5:33
No Image 2007 Legacy / Sony Music
Live at River Plate [DVD] 2011 Columbia / Sony Music Entertainment / Sony Music Video
No Image 2012 Columbia 5:24
No Image 2012 Columbia 5:24
100 Hits: Rock Classics Karaoke 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits
Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be 2016 Cannonball
What Do You Do With Money Honey 2016 Laser Media 4:44
Tokyo 1981 2016 Zip City 4:32
Rock and Roll: Rare Radio Broadcasts 2016 Laser Media
Live on Air 1986 2017 Laser Media
AC/DC: Live in Moscow Rock Classics 4:12
Die  Biographie Nuclear Blast 4:17
Live Rocks Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Rock Classics 4:13
Monsters of Rock Live, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Rock Classics 4:13
Rock'n'Roll's Greatest Live Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
MGI Classics 4:13
Rock's Greatest Hits Live, Vol. 3
Various Artists
MGI Classics 4:13
Rocks Detroit Immortal
San Francisco '77 Iconography 5:05
No Image
Various Artists
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