AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott is born.
AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson is born.
Malcolm Young, rhythm guitarist for AC/DC, is born.
Angus Young, lead guitarist for AC/DC, is born.
Scottish-born brothers Angus and Malcolm Young perform their first show together at a Sydney, Australia, nightclub. They will select the name AC/DC for their band.
AC/DC releases its first album, High Voltage, in its Australian homeland. The group’s second Aussie album, T.N.T., will be released before the year is out.
AC/DC play their first live shows in England. The outing is dubbed the Lock Up Your Daughters Tour and includes an appearance at the Reading Rock festival.
Having signed a worldwide contract with Atlantic Records, AC/DC’s first American album - High Voltage, a compendium of their first two Australian albums - is released.
AC/DC’s third album, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, is released everywhere but the United States, where it will not see the light of day until 1981.
AC/DC begins a marathon summer tour, opening for Black Sabbath in Europe, as a new album, Let There Be Rock, is released. Cliff Williams replaces Mark Evans on bass.
AC/DC’s unleashes its fifth album, Powerage, followed less than half a year later by the group’s first live album, If You Want Blood You’ve Got It.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation” becomes AC/DC’s first British hit single, reaching #24.
AC/DC issues its breakthrough album, Highway to Hell, which becomes their first to sell over a million copies.
Bon Scott, original vocalist for AC/DC, dies in London of asphyxiation after an all-night drinking binge. He is replaced in April by Brian Johnson.
AC/DC’s Back in Black enters the Billboard chart for what will be a 131-week run. To date, the album has sold 19 million copies in the U.S.
AC/DC cracks the U.S. Top Forty with “You Shook Me All Night Long.”
AC/DC headlines the Monsters of Rock Festival in Donnington, England.
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You), featuring the anthemic title track, is released. It will be the first and only AC/DC album to top the U.S. chart - which it does for three weeks.
AC/DC’s tenth anniversary is celebrated with the release of ’74 Jailbreak, a five-track mini-album that collects archival early songs unreleased in the U.S.
AC/DC’s Who Made Who - a compendium of new and classic tracks, and the official soundtrack for the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive - is released.
Blow Up Your Video, which reunites AC/DC with producers Harry Vanda and George Young, is released. “Heatseeker” becomes a sizable British hit, reaching #12.
“Moneytalks,” AC/DC’s biggest American hit, enters the Top Forty, where it will peak at #23. It’s from the album The Razors Edge, released in September.
AC/DC releases Ballbreaker, their first studio album in five years. It marks the return of drummer Phil Rudd, who’d last played with them on 1983’s Flick of the Switch.
The box set Bonfire, by AC/DC, appears. Containing live and unreleased material, it pays tribute to AC/DC’s early years, when the late Bon Scott was their singer.
Stiff Upper Lip is released. The album, their first in five years, is among the strongest albums of their career.
AC/DC signed a new deal with Sony Music, which commences with a comprehensive reissue series.
AC/DC is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the eighteenth annual induction dinner. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is their presenter.