Artist Countdown: AC/DC Top 40 Hits 6pm ET @AC_DC

May 27, 2014
Editor In Chief

acdc_02AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who have remained constant members. Commonly referred to as a hard rock or blues rock band, they are also considered pioneers of heavy metal and are sometimes classified as such, though they have always dubbed their music as simply “rock and roll”. To date they are one of the highest-grossing bands of all time.

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, on 17 February 1975. Membership subsequently stabilised until bassist Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for the album Powerage. Within months of recording the album Highway to Hell, lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980 after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but buoyed by support from Scott’s parents, decided to continue and set about finding a new vocalist. Ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was auditioned and selected to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released the new album, Back in Black, which was made as a tribute to Bon Scott. The album launched them to new heights of success and became their all time best-seller, selling over 10,000 copies a day in its first week.

The band’s next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was their first album to reach number one in the United States. AC/DC declined in popularity soon after drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 and was replaced by future Dio drummer Simon Wright. The band experienced a resurgence in the early 1990s with the release of The Razors Edge. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 after Chris Slade, who was with the band from 1989 to 1994, was asked to leave in favour of him, and contributed to the band’s 1995 album Ballbreaker. Since then, the band’s line-up has remained the same. Stiff Upper Lip was released in 2000 and was well received by critics, and the band’s latest studio album, Black Ice, was released on 20 October 2008 and was the second-highest-selling album of that year. It was their biggest hit on the charts since For Those About to Rock, eventually reaching No.1 on all charts worldwide. – Wikipedia

1 Big Gun
2 Thunderstruck
3 Heatseeker
4 Moneytalks
5 Hard as a Rock
6 Let’s Get It Up
7 Highway to Hell
8 You Shook Me All Night Long
9 Are You Ready
10 Who Made Who
11 That’s the Way I Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll
12 Back in Black
13 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
14 Hells Bells
15 Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation
16 For Those About to Rock
17 Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
18 Touch Too Much
19 Satellite Blues
20 Guns for Hire
21 Rock ‘n’ Roll Train
22 High Voltage
23 Stiff Upper Lip
24 Cover You in Oil
25 It’s a Long Way to the Top
26 Whole Lotta Rosie
27 Dirty Eyes
28 Big Jack
29 Shake Your Foundations
30 Jailbreak
31 T.N.T.
32 Safe in New York City
33 Big Balls
34 Flick of the Switch
35 Hail Caesar
36 Anything Goes
37 Nervous Shakedown
38 Can I Sit Next to You, Girl
39 Dog Eat Dog
40 Love at First Feel

Artist Countdown: Black Sabbath Top 25 6p ET @BlackSabbath

April 24, 2014
Editor In Chief

BS-2013Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band has since experienced multiple line-up changes, with Tony Iommi the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a heavy blues rock band named Earth, the band began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

BS-DioOsbourne’s heavy drug use led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. After a few albums with Dio’s vocals and songwriting collaborations, Black Sabbath endured a revolving line-up in the 1980s and 1990s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as multiple members of Deep Purple and Rainbow. In 1992, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. The original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath’s 19th studio album, 13, which features three of the original members, was released in June 2013.

Black Sabbath are cited as pioneers of heavy metal. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). They were ranked by MTV as the “Greatest Metal Band” of all time, and placed second in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance. – Wikipedia

1 Paranoid
2 God Is Dead?
3 Turn Up the Night
4 Psycho Man
5 Selling My Soul
6 Never Say Die!
7 Neon Knights
8 A Hard Road
9 TV Crimes
10 The Devil Cried
11 End of the Beginning
12 Die Young
13 The Mob Rules
14 Voodoo
15 Iron Man
16 Headless Cross
17 Feels Good to Me
18 Devil and Daughter
19 After Forever
20 Tomorrow’s Dream
21 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
22 Am I Going Insane (Radio)
23 Trashed
24 No Stranger to Love
25 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

 

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