AC/DC have become the fifth Australian band to have one of their videos reach 1 billion views on YouTube.
They join Sia, Gotye, Tones & I and Iggy Azalea on the exclusive roster.
In AC/DC’s case, it’s with “Thunderstruck” from the 1990 album The razor blade.
“Our video for ‘Thunderstruck’ just surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube,” they tweeted. “Thank you fans! »
AC/DC is estimated to have earned US$1 million from the channel.
‘Thunderstruck’ might not be the obvious candidate for the list compared to their most iconic tracks like ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’, ‘Highway To Hell’, ‘Back In Black’ or ‘For These About To Rock”.
But it’s one of their favorites on stage, with one of Angus Young’s most compelling solos.
Its music video is considered one of the best in terms of capturing the excitement of a live rock show.
When director David Mallet set out to make what he called the “ultimate performance video”, he used creative camerawork while filming August 17, 1990 at Brixton Academy in London.
Angus Young was filmed taking his walk on plexiglass to get footage from below, and mini cameras were placed on the guitar and on one of the drumsticks.
Hundreds of fans sport T-shirts with the message “AC/DC – I was Thunderstruck”.
“Thunderstruck” has also taken on a life of its own over the years.
He has been in half a dozen films, including the Australian film Stunned about five friends’ journey to Bon Scott’s grave in Fremantle as well as Iron Man 2, battleship, daddy’s house and Deadpool 2.
The band charged $500,000 for it to be used in college blues.
It has been used in television commercials for Holden utes while sports teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, Michigan State University football team and the United States Navy Blue Angels broadcast it on the public address system when they enter the field.
A number of Australian acts including Vance Joy, 5 Seconds of Summer, Dean Lewis and Vassy have reached 1 billion streams – and have been honored by APRA AMCOS through its 1,000,000,000 list – but have reached this figure from a number of services.
The five most viewed videos on YouTube in October 2021 were:
(1) “Baby Shark Dance” by Pinkfong Kids’ Songs & Stories (9.53 billion views)
(2) ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi, with Daddy Yankee (7.59 billion views)
(3) ‘Johny Johny Yes Papa’ by LooLoo Kids (5.82 billion views)
(4) Shape Of You’ by Ed Sheeran (5.50 billion views)
(5) ‘See You Again’ by Wiz Khalifa, starring Charlie Puth (5.30 billion)