In the wake of lead singer Bon Scott’s death, AC/DC released their first record with Brian Johnson at the helm on this day in 1980. The album was entitled Back in Black, and with 22 million copies sold to date in the U.S., it became a bigger hit than anyone could ever have dreamed.
The all-black cover seemed to signify the mourning of their late singer, though the tone of album was anything but somber.
From the now iconic "You Shook Me All Night Long" to the rockin’ "Shoot to Thrill," to the hard-hitting title track, AC/DC seemed intent upon giving the late Bon Scott a proper send-off with a set of songs that were pure Rock and Roll.
The album ushered in a new era of AC/DC, and assured fans everywhere that the band, was indeed, "Back in Black."
In celebration of one of the most iconic albums of all-time, take a listen to some of its greatest hits below and be sure to let us know what you think about Back in Black in the comments section!