Song

It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll): AC/DC

Australian singles chart:
It’s a Long Way to the Top entered the Kent Music Report on 22 December 1975 and peaked at #9. The song was #70 on the Top 100 of 1976.

Album:
The song is on T.N.T. which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 5 January 1976 and peaked at #2.

BONUS CLIP BELOW – the famous clip of the song performed on the back of a moving truck in Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Wikipedia:
It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) by AC/DC is the first track of the group’s second album T.N.T., released only in Australia on 8 December 1975, and was written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott. The song combines bagpipes with hard rock instrumentation.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It’s_a_Long_Way_to_the_Top_(If_You_Wanna_Rock_’n’_Roll)

Songfacts:
This is an autobiographical song for AC/DC describing their struggles as they try to make it big by delivering a top notch live show night after night. It was genuine: At the time, they were just getting started and playing some seedy venues with even seedier business associates. The hard work eventually paid off, and several years later the band was selling out arenas.
It’s A Long Way To The Top really summed us up as a band,” Angus Young told Rolling Stone. “It was the audience that really allowed us to even get near a studio.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/ac-dc/its-a-long-way-to-the-top-if-you-wanna-rock-n-roll

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BONUS CLIP
Swanston Street, Melbourne, on a flatbed truck, providing a glimpse of Melbourne in 1976, including some old W-class trams rolling down the tracks. More about the clip below.

Wikipedia – the clip:
The music video for It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll), was filmed on 23 February 1976 for the Countdown television program. It featured the band’s members on the back of a flatbed truck travelling on Swanston Street in Melbourne, Australia, being followed by members of the Rats of Tobruk Pipe band. Known members of the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band at the time of the video’s filming include: Alan Butterworth, Les Kenfield and Kevin Conlon. The video was directed by Paul Drane. David Olney was the cameraman.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It’s_a_Long_Way_to_the_Top_(If_You_Wanna_Rock_’n’_Roll)

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