AC/DC Finally Comes to iTunes: What You Should Listen to First

Today Aussie rockers AC/DC announced that they are finally coming to Apple's iTunes music store, following longtime holdouts the Beatles and Metallica. The other big iTunes absentee, Garth Brooks, is probably waiting to join the Apple cult when he reportedly goes on tour in late 2013.

Yeah, you read that right.

AC/DC brings with them 16 newly remastered studio albums, four live albums and three compilations all ready for your buying, downloading and listening pleasure.

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The addition comes just in time for Thanksgiving, when most of you will be traveling down that highway to hell, or family dinner. Plus with the band's line of wine (see above) you already have the perfect musical pairing lined up.

But for all of you novices out there who don't celebrate the birth of original AC/DC singer Bon Scott like a personal holiday, or have Back In Black imprinted into your DNA, or only know them from a superhero movie soundtrack, I have culled together a list of the five AC/DC albums you should download before anything else.

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We see you, Brian.
First off, can I just get it out there that my favorite AC/DC song is "Big Gun" from the Last Action Hero soundtrack? For that matter, you should also get that album too if you can. And buy the movie too.

In the interest of being progressive, I will just state here that you should all own Back In Black in some shape or form anyhow, so you shouldn't be re-buying it in 2012. Unless you are a strip-club DJ and lost the files off your laptop.

High Voltage (1975)
The band's debut album opens with a cover of "Baby Please Don't Go," which still makes my blood jump and my bones shake. Malcolm Young's guitar work is simply demonic, as it should be. Be sure to pair this with '74 Jailbreak for a double dose of smut.

Let There Be Rock (1977)
The title track is the thing here. I once heard this on a classic-rock station in California on a dreadfully boring day, and I think I re-lost my musical virginity.

Highway to Hell (1979)
"Touch Too Much" has the nastiest drums you have ever heard, and the promo clip features Bon Scott wearing the mother of all sleeveless denim vests.

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"Big Gun" is a totally legitimate choice as "Best AC/DC Song." 

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As one who was rocking to AC/DC when you were in diapers, I'm going to correct this list for you.  Thank me later.


After Back in Black, you go with Highway to Hell.  Then you go with Dirty deeds, Who made Who (soundtrack to Maximum Overdrive) followed by If you want blood, you got it (their live album with the best version of "Whole lotta Rosie.")  T.N.T., For those about to Rock, The Razor's Edge, Fly on The Wall and Blow up your video  (Heatseeker is right up there with Thunderstruck as a get you up in the morning kind of thing.)  As for Powerage and the others I left off?  Not enough good songs to warrant a purchase unless you want their entire discography.

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