The AC/DC song "Back in Black" covered by

"Back in Black" is a song by AC/DC, appearing as the first track on side two of their 1980 album of the same name. Known for its opening guitar riff, the song was AC/DC's tribute to their former singer Bon Scott. His replacement Brian Johnson recalled to Mojo magazine in 2009 that when the band asked him to write a lyric for this song, "they said, 'it can't be morbid – it has to be for Bon and it has to be a celebration.'" He added: "I thought, 'Well no pressure there, then' (laughs). I just wrote what came into my head, which at the time seemed like mumbo, jumbo. 'Nine lives. Cats eyes. Abusing every one of them and running wild.' The boys got it though. They saw Bon's life in that lyric." It peaked in the U.S. at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981 and was No. 51 on Billboard's Top Tracks chart, which debuted in March 1981. "Back in Black" received the RIAA's Master Ringtone Sales Award (Gold and Platinum) in 2006 and reached 2x Platinum status in 2007.
The song was ranked No. 4 by VH1 on their list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songs, and in 2009, it was named the second greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. It was also ranked No. 187 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The same magazine has also ranked "Back in Black" No. 29 on "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time". In 2010, this song came No. 2 in Triple M's Ultimate 500 Rock Countdown in Melbourne, Australia. The top five were all AC/DC songs. It officially charted on the UK charts after 31 years in release; peaking in at #27 as a result of AC/DC music becoming available on iTunes. It also reached #1 on the UK Rock Charts in the same week. -- Wikipedia

The AC/DC song Back in Black was covered by ...

All cover versions with details (partly from Wikipedia)

  • 1986 Boogie Down Productions, sampled without permission on "Dope Beat".
  • 1989 Red Hot Chili Peppers started using "Back in Black" as an intro and outro jam to some of their own songs at various live shows. In 1990 they played it as an ending jam to their own song, "Sexy Mexican Maid" on the television show, Night Music. In 1999 the band once again used "Back in Black" as an intro jam to their songs at a few of their live shows.
  • 1989 Skrewdriver on "Warlord".
  • 1990 Warlock Pinchers on "Deadly Kung Fu Action".
  • 1992 CPR on "Coven, Pitrelli, Reilly".
  • 1992 Refused on "Refused".
  • 1995 Kid Rock, demo with no vocals he scratch over the riff and added a hip hop beat to it, he also covers it in concert usually just the riff in the middle of "Devil Without a Cause" but he will cover it fully occasionally.
  • 1995 Australian band Regurgitator on "Fuse Box: The Alternative Tribute".
  • 1996 The Recliners on "Cosa Caliente".
  • 1997 Rachel Barton as "Thunderstruck/Back in Black" on "Stringendo - Storming the Citadel".
  • 1997 Sheep on Drugs on "Nevermind the Methadone".
  • 1999 Upper Crust on "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be... - A Tribute to AC/DC ".
  • 2000 Dementia on "For Those About to Rot - A Tribute to AC/DC".
  • 2000 Joe Lynn Turner & Phil Collen on "Back In Black - A Tribute To AC/DC".
  • 2001 Sampled by Five on the song "Lay All Your Loving On Me" from the album "Kingsize".
  • 2001 Hayseed Dixie on "A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC".
  • 2002 Damnation of Chaos on "For Those About to Rawk - A Punk Tribute to AC/DC".
  • 2002 Reyo Bikkin on "Backed in Black".
  • 2002 Thee STP on "Come Back in Black - Punk Rock Tribute to AC/DC ".
  • 2003 The String Quartet on "Back in Baroque... The String Tribute to AC/DC".
  • 2003 Living Colour on "Collideoscope".
  • 2003 Solid Rock on "A Tribute to the Greatest Hits of AC/DC Performed by Solid Rock".
  • 2004 ApologetiX on "New & Used Hits: The Best of ApologetiX Vol. 1& 2".
  • 2004 Hundred Reasons on the single "How Soon Is Now?".
  • 2004 Shakira on "Live & Off the Record".
  • 2004 Six Feet Under on "Graveyard Classics 2".
  • 2004 Steriogram on "Walkie Talkie Man".
  • 2006 Hydrogyn on "Bombshell".
  • 2006 My Generation on "The Music of AC/DC - The Hits Re-Loaded".
  • 2006 Wing on "Wing Sings AC/DC ".
  • 2007 The Buddha Lounge Ensemble on "Buddha Lounge Renditions of AC/DC".
  • 2007 Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue recorded live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
  • 2007 Public Enemy, "Black is Back", a revamped version done in tribute to AC/DC. This is a reworked version as the original that was unreleased on album due to legal red tape, but it can viewed freely on YouTube.
  • 2007 Sunshiners on "Welkam bak long Vanuatu".
  • 2008 Electric Eel Shock on "Thunder Tracks - Tribute to AC/DC".
  • 2008 Ryoji Ikeda on "Recovery".
  • 2010 Muse played the song on the third day of Big Day Out in Australia, with Nic Cester from Jet on vocals. Since then, Muse play the "Back in Black" solo as an outro to "Hysteria" in most live performances.
  • 2010 Carlos Santana, feat. rapper Nas, on his cover album "Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time".
  • 2010 Skindred on "Metal Hammer's The Metal Forge, Vol.2: A Tribute to AC/DC".
  • 2010 Turbowolf on "Back in Black Redux - A Tribute to AC/DC".
  • 2011 The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on "Still Live".
  • 2012 Anastacia on her covers album "It's a Man's World".


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