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There are big albums, there are monster albums and then there’s AC/DC’s Back In Black, which is like Godzilla on HGH.

Praised by critics and fans, no album collection is complete without it. Each track is a winner, not a filler track in sight. For some (like this writer), it kicked off a love affair with not just AC/DC, but hard rock, too.

In the 38 years since its release, everything has been said about Back In Black, so in honor of its anniversary, we’re going to let the numbers do the talking.



A number of months between Bon Scott’s death and the release of Back In Black.



The place Back in Black currently holds on RIAA’s Top 100 Best Selling Albums of all time in the U.S. (Only other albums to sell more copies than Back in Black are Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Led Zeppelin’s IV, Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2, The EaglesTheir Greatest Hits 1971-1975 and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.



A number of consecutive weeks Back In Black was on the Billboard 200 chart.


22 million

The amount of copies Back In Black has sold in the U.S. alone.


40 million

The amount of copies Back In Black has sold worldwide.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning. 

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.