AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long - 1980

AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long (1980)

AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" from 1980 is a landmark track in the world of rock music. Released on their album "Back in Black," it is one of the most recognizable and celebrated songs in the rock genre. This song marked a significant moment for AC/DC, being one of the first tracks to feature Brian Johnson as the lead vocalist after the death of former lead singer Bon Scott.

The Making of a Classic

The song was written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Brian Johnson. It's known for its catchy guitar riffs, solid drum beats, and Johnson's distinctive vocals. The lyrics celebrate the joys of rock and roll lifestyle and youthful exuberance, capturing the band's energetic spirit.

Impact and Legacy

"You Shook Me All Night Long" has been a staple of rock radio since its release, often appearing on 'greatest rock songs' lists. The song's impact is evident in its widespread use in popular culture, including movies, television shows, and commercials, showcasing its enduring appeal across generations.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "You Shook Me All Night Long" released? (1980) (!1979) (!1981) (!1982)

Who became the lead singer of AC/DC before the song was released? (Brian Johnson) (!Bon Scott) (!Angus Young) (!Malcolm Young)

On which album is "You Shook Me All Night Long" featured? (Back in Black) (!High Voltage) (!Highway to Hell) (!Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap)

Who were the main songwriters of "You Shook Me All Night Long"? (Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Brian Johnson) (!Bon Scott, Angus Young, and Malcolm Young) (!Angus Young and Brian Johnson) (!Brian Johnson and Malcolm Young)

What makes "You Shook Me All Night Long" notable in AC/DC's history? (It marked the debut of Brian Johnson as lead vocalist) (!It was the last song Bon Scott recorded) (!It was the band's first acoustic song) (!It was their first song to reach number one on the charts)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Who was AC/DC's original lead singer before Brian Johnson? (Bon Scott) (!Angus Young) (!Malcolm Young) (!Phil Rudd)

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

What is the signature move of guitarist Angus Young during performances? (Schoolboy uniform outfit and duckwalk) (!Headbanging) (!Playing guitar behind his head) (!Smashing guitars)

In what year was AC/DC formed? (1973) (!1969) (!1970) (!1975)

Which of the following albums was released by AC/DC after "Back in Black"? (For Those About to Rock We Salute You) (!High Voltage) (!T.N.T.) (!Powerage)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

Which of the following lines is from "You Shook Me All Night Long"? (She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean) (!I'm on the highway to hell) (!Back in black, I hit the sack) (!Thunder, feel the thunder)

How does the song describe the woman? (She had the sightless eyes, telling me no lies) (!Walking down the street, new shoes on my feet) (!She was a long cool woman in a black dress) (!She looked at me and I could see)

What is the woman compared to in the song? (A fast machine) (!A wild horse) (!A shooting star) (!A rolling thunder)

What effect did the woman have on the singer according to the song? (She shook me all night long) (!She broke my heart) (!She left me breathless) (!She saved my soul)

What does the song emphasize about the night? (It was unforgettable because of her) (!It was a lonely night) (!It was a stormy night) (!It was a silent night)


AC/DC Australian rock band
1980 Year "You Shook Me All Night Long" was released
Brian Johnson Became lead vocalist before the song's release
Back in Black Album featuring the song
Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Brian Johnson Songwriters

Open Tasks


  1. Research the history of AC/DC: Explore how AC/DC was formed and its evolution over the years. Present your findings in a short essay.
  2. Design an album cover: Create your own version of the "Back in Black" album cover using digital tools or traditional art supplies.
  3. Create a playlist: Make a playlist of your top 5 AC/DC songs and explain why you chose each song.


  1. Analyze a guitar riff: Choose a guitar riff from "You Shook Me All Night Long" and analyze its musical structure. How does it contribute to the song's energy?
  2. Write a song review: Write a review of "You Shook Me All Night Long," focusing on its musical composition, lyrics, and overall impact.
  3. Explore the rock genre: Investigate how AC/DC's music fits within the rock genre and its influence on other bands and artists.


  1. Interview fans: Interview several AC/DC fans about their first experience with the band's music and what "You Shook Me All Night Long" means to them.
  2. Analyze the song's impact: Research and analyze the cultural and musical impact of "You Shook Me All Night Long" since its release.
  3. Create a documentary: Produce a short documentary about AC/DC's "Back in Black" album, including the making of "You Shook Me All Night Long."

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