AC/DC - Highway to Hell - 1979


AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" (1979): A Rock Anthem

AC/DC, an Australian rock band, marked their place in rock history with the release of "Highway to Hell" in 1979. This song is not just a track; it's a symbol of the era's rebellious spirit and the band's signature sound. Let's dive into the backstory, the music, and the impact of this timeless rock anthem.


  1. AC/DC: Learn about the band's formation and its members.
  2. 1970s Rock Music: Explore the era in which "Highway to Hell" was released.
  3. Rock Music and Rebellion: Understand the cultural context of the song.

The Song

  1. Song Structure: Analyze the musical composition of "Highway to Hell".
  2. Lyrics Analysis: Delve into the meaning behind the lyrics.
  3. Iconic Guitar Riffs: Learn about the song's famous guitar riff.

Impact and Legacy

  1. Rock Anthems: Discover other songs that defined rock music.
  2. AC/DC's Influence: Explore how AC/DC influenced future generations of musicians.
  3. Music and Cultural Movements: Understand the broader impact of songs like "Highway to Hell" on society.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Highway to Hell" released? (1979) (!1980) (!1977) (!1982)

Which album features "Highway to Hell"? ("Highway to Hell") (!"Back in Black") (!"Let There Be Rock") (!"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap")

Who was the lead vocalist of AC/DC during the release of "Highway to Hell"? (Bon Scott) (!Brian Johnson) (!Angus Young) (!Malcolm Young)

What is a key feature of the song's music? (Iconic Guitar Riff) (!Piano Solo) (!Synthesizer) (!Heavy Drumming)

What theme does "Highway to Hell" primarily represent? (Rebellion and Freedom) (!Love and Peace) (!Political Protest) (!Spiritual Awakening)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Where is AC/DC originally from? (Australia) (!United Kingdom) (!United States) (!Canada)

What is AC/DC primarily known for? (Hard Rock and Heavy Metal) (!Pop Music) (!Jazz) (!Classical Music)

Who are the founding members of AC/DC? (Brothers Angus and Malcolm Young) (!Mick Jagger and Keith Richards) (!John Lennon and Paul McCartney) (!Steven Tyler and Joe Perry)

In which decade did AC/DC gain major popularity? (1970s) (!1960s) (!1980s) (!1990s)

Which AC/DC album became the best-selling album by the band? ("Back in Black") (!"High Voltage") (!"Highway to Hell") (!"The Razors Edge")

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What is the opening line of "Highway to Hell"? ("Living easy, living free") (!"I'm on the highway to hell") (!"No stop signs, speed limit") (!"My friends are gonna be there too")

Which line follows "No stop signs, speed limit"? ("Nobody's gonna slow me down") (!"Like a wheel, gonna spin it") (!"Hey Satan, paid my dues") (!"I'm on the way to the promised land")

What does the singer refer to with "Hey Satan, paid my dues"? (Dealing with challenges in life) (!Making a deal with the devil) (!Being part of a religious cult) (!Celebrating dark forces)

In the lyrics, what is the "promised land" a metaphor for? (Ultimate freedom and success) (!Heaven) (!A literal place) (!A music festival)

Which line expresses the band's exhausting touring schedule? ("Don't need reason, don't need rhyme, ain't nothing I would rather do") (!"Going down, party time, my friends are gonna be there too") (!"Living easy, living free") (!"I'm on the highway to hell")


Year of Release 1979
Lead Vocalist Bon Scott
Iconic Feature Guitar Riff
Country of Origin Australia
Main Theme Rebellion and Freedom

Open Tasks


  1. Create a Playlist: Curate a playlist of other 1970s rock anthems that complement "Highway to Hell".
  2. Draw the Band: Sketch your interpretation of AC/DC during their "Highway to Hell" era.
  3. Rock Music Origins: Research and write a brief summary of how rock music started.


  1. Interview Fans: Interview people who were fans of AC/DC in the 1970s and compile their stories.
  2. Analyze Lyrics: Write a detailed analysis of the lyrics of "Highway to Hell".
  3. Design a Concert Poster: Create a concert poster for the "Highway to Hell" tour using vintage design elements.


  1. Create a Documentary: Make a short documentary about the impact of "Highway to Hell" on rock music.
  2. Write a Review: Write a critical review of the "Highway to Hell" album as if you were a music critic in 1979.
  3. Study Cultural Impact: Conduct a detailed study on how "Highway to Hell" influenced rock culture and music in the 1980s.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Evolution of Rock: Talk about how rock music has evolved from the 1970s to the present day, using "Highway to Hell" as a reference point.
  2. Examine Lyrical Themes: Discuss the themes in "Highway to Hell" and how they reflect the societal attitudes of the 1970s.
  3. Impact of Music on Society: Discuss how music like "Highway to Hell" can influence societal norms and individual behavior.
  4. AC/DC's Musical Style: Explain how AC/DC's style in "Highway to Hell" differs from other rock bands of the time.
  5. Band Dynamics and Success: Analyze the factors that contributed to AC/DC's success, focusing on their teamwork and musical innovation.

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