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Malcolm Young is credited as a co-writer on every song AC/DC recorded between their 1975 debut High Voltage through to 2014's Rock or Bust. That’s a lot of songs. And, it is a lot riffs we all know. Their biggest hits include Back in Black, Highway to Hell, and You Shook Me All Night Long.
Malcolm Young is credited as a co-writer on every song AC/DC recorded between their 1975 debut High Voltage through to 2014’s Rock or Bust, including some the bands biggest hits Back in Black, Highway to Hell, and You Shook Me All Night Long.

Anyone who is capable of humming can belt out a guitar riff from Malcolm Young.

The iconic rhythm guitarist who founded AC/DC with his younger brother Angus Young, in 1973, died on Saturday, at the age of sixty-four, succumbing to the dementia that had first manifested nearly a decade ago. Malcolm was 64.

Malcolm Young is credited as a co-writer on every song AC/DC recorded between their 1975 debut High Voltage through to 2014’s Rock or Bust. That’s a lot of songs. And, it is a lot riffs we all know.

Their biggest hits include Back in Black, Highway to Hell, and You Shook Me All Night Long. The group is estimated to have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States alone!
Malcolm was “the” backbone of the band. He wrote brutally spot on riffs and played them with absolute precision. No need to spill through a million notes a minute to make a point.

What is perhaps the most inspiring fact regarding Malcolm Young is he all but never strayed from the template the band rolled out on Highway to Hell and Back in Black. I guess the “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it” motto served him well.

The proof is present in the legions of guitarists and bands Malcolm Young inspired, including Metallica’s James Hetfield, Guns N’ Roses and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones to name a few.

The list of Malcolm penned riffs is impressive to say the absolute least:

Thunderstruck
The Razors Edge · 1990

Highway to Hell
Highway to Hell · 1979

Back In Black
Back in Black · 1980

Hells Bells
Back in Black · 1980

You Shook Me All Night Long
Back in Black · 1980

Let There Be Rock
Let There Be Rock · 1977

Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock · 1977

T.N.T.
T.N.T. · 1975

Rock ‘n’ Roll Train
Black Ice · 2008

Shoot to Thrill
Back in Black · 1980

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap · 1976

For Those About to Rock
For Those About to Rock We Salute You · 1981

It’s a Long Way to the Top
T.N.T. · 1975

Moneytalks
The Razors Edge · 1990

Touch Too Much
Highway to Hell · 1979

Who Made Who
Who Made Who · 1986

Their sixth release, Back in Black was a monstrous success. It sold an over 50 million copies worldwide making it the second-highest-selling album in history.

The band supported the album with a yearlong world tour receiving positive critical applause.

AC/DC’s follow up album released in 1981, Those About to Rock We Salute You went on to sell over four million copies in the US and was the bands first No. 1 album.

In a time when music is so homogenized via technology, Malcolm Young is a reminder that people make music. Anything less is just soulless noodling on a computer.

Thank you for the riffs, Malcolm!

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