The world of hard rock has definitely taken a hit with the rise of the alternative movement. Although some of the bands of the era had hard rock leanings between their songs, not every band could be what you normally think of as edgy. That’s not to say hard rock hasn’t had its fair share of decent moments.
The rock landscape never changes overnight, and the music scene was always more than hungry for muddy riffs and the occasional metallic guitar sound that might have you banging your head all night long. Now that the rock landscape had a new look, being a hard rock song could come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes you would see songs that were filtered through the lens of punk rock, while you also had the thrash metal movement still showing its colors at the very start of the decade.
Aside from the more obvious choices, there were also people you wouldn’t necessarily consider rock, throwing their hats into the ring and walking away with some of the most legendary songs of the era. For an era that was mostly about playing hearts, there were still some serious strokes of genius to be found along the way.
You don’t really expect a band like AC/DC to change their style so often. Ever since they reinvented themselves with a new singer on Back In Black, every other album feels like they’re trying to recapture the same kind of magic. Every once in a while though, you get this song that manages to get the same swagger again.
Coming just before the waves of grunge really hit, the sound of Thunderstruck’s first lick was enough to get any budding rock fan into the genre. From the first notes, it’s almost like listening to the seconds before a musical bomb goes off, which gets even more exciting when the drums kick in. After all these years, Brian Johnson still sounds as raw and unforgiving as ever, with some of the best screaming he’s ever put on a record to this point.
It’s not like it’s going to revolutionize the rock world overnight or anything. It was exactly the same kind of music that AC/DC produced, but with a lot more urgency this time around. However, not all of the greatest rock songs in the world have to reinvent the wheel. Sometimes that adrenaline rush is enough. There’s no need to overanalyze a song like this here. It shook… end of story.