Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It's a six-way tie at the top

Is it acceptable to have a six-way tie for favorite AC/DC song?
I pondered that question last night, while watching some of the SYDNEY band's videos on the "FAMILY JEWELS" DVD and while reading the first chapter of "AC/DC: MAXIMUM ROCK & ROLL" by Murray Engleheart and Arnaud Durieux.

I believe it is acceptable, so here are the six songs topping my list:

1. "BABY PLEASE DON'T GO" The band's first single is memorably presented on "Family Jewels," with an appearance on the Australian television show "Countdown" featuring vocalist Bon Scott dressed in drag.

2. "IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP (IF YOU WANNA ROCK 'N' ROLL)" Another song memorably rendered on video, this time with the band miming on a flat-bed truck traveling down a Melbourne street -- accompanied by bag pipers.

3. "PROBLEM CHILD" This classic song shows up on a pair of my AC/DC CDs -- "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and "Let There Be Rock" -- but it is so good, it deserves to be heard twice.

4. "WHAT'S NEXT TO THE MOON" There's something different about this tune from "Powerage." In the last verse, Scott, bassist Cliff Williams and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young sing in distinct voices. I'll always love this AC/DC oddity.

5. "TOUCH TOO MUCH" I never fail to sing along to this track from "Highway to Hell."

6. "SHOOT TO THRILL" The opening has been described as "the best introduction to a rock song... ever." Who am I to disagree?