“Thunderstruck” is the lead single on the 1990 album The Razors Edge by Australian hard rock band AC/DC.
The song was released as a single in Germany, Australia, and Japan, and peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. In 2010, “Thunderstruck” topped Triple M’s Ultimate 500 Rock Countdown in Melbourne, Australia. The top five were all AC/DC songs.
With the exception of new material from an album they are touring behind, this is one of the only two songs released after For Those About to Rock We Salute You that the band still performs live in concert, the other being “Rock ‘N’ Roll Train”.
Angus Young stated in the liner notes of the 2003 re-release of The Razors Edge:
It started off from a little trick I had on guitar. I played it to Mal and he said ‘Oh, I’ve got a good rhythm idea that will sit well in the back.’ We built the song up from that. We fiddled about with it for a few months before everything fell into place. Lyrically, it was really just a case of finding a good title … We came up with this thunder thing, based on our favorite childhood toy ThunderStreak, and it seemed to have a good ring to it. AC/DC = Power. That’s the basic idea.
The video which accompanied the single was filmed at London’s Brixton Academy on 17 August 1990. The audience members were given free T-shirts with the words ‘AC/DC – I was Thunderstruck’ on the front and the date on the back and these T-shirts were worn by the entire audience throughout the filming of the video.
The song has sold over a million digital copies since it became available for digital download.