Rock or Bust is the sixteenth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 28 November 2014. It is their fifteenth internationally released studio album and the sixteenth to be released in Australia. Rock or Bust was the group’s first album without founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who had retired from the band in 2014 due to health concerns, although he co-wrote every track on the album. Bass guitarist Cliff Williams has also retired since Rock or Bust was released, while drummer Phil Rudd was unable to participate in the supporting tour after being sentenced to house arrest, and vocalist Brian Johnson was forced to exit the band after the fifth leg of the album’s supporting tour as a result of hearing loss.
The group released the debut single from the album, titled “Play Ball”, on 7 October 2014. The song has been a commercial success, reaching the top 40 charts in various countries such as Spain (at number 28), France (at number 39) or Switzerland (at number 19).
It is the shortest studio album ever released by the band; at approximately 35 minutes, it is two minutes shorter than their previous shortest album, Flick of the Switch, which was released in 1983.
Rock or Bust peaked at #1 in 12 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany and Sweden. It reached the top 5 in a further 12 countries, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy. The album earned AC/DC a 2015 ECHO Award for Rock/Alternative (International).
1. “Rock or Bust” 3:03
2. “Play Ball” 2:47
3. “Rock the Blues Away” 3:24
4. “Miss Adventure” 2:57
5. “Dogs of War” 3:35
6. “Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder” 3:22
7. “Hard Times” 2:44
8. “Baptism by Fire” 3:30
9. “Rock the House” 2:42
10. “Sweet Candy” 3:09
11. “Emission Control” 3:41