AC/DC ‘Train’ Racing Up Billboard Charts


September 28, 2008

AC/DC is currently charting on Mainstream Rock Tracks, where “Rock n Roll Train” is No. 3. “Train” is the group’s 29th entry on this tally and its first since “Safe in New York City” peaked at No. 21 in May 2001. “Train” is AC/DC’s highest-charting song since “Stiff Upper Lip” spent four weeks at No. 1 in March-April 2000. “Lip” was the Australian group’s third No. 1 on this survey, following “Big Gun” in 1993 and “Hard as a Rock” in 1995.

AC/DC made its Mainstream Rock Tracks debut the week of March 28, 1981 with “Hells Bells” and “Back in Black.” That gives the group a Mainstream chart span of 27 years, six months and one week.

AC/DC’s chart span on Modern Rock Tracks is considerably shorter, by 27 years and six months. The band makes its first appearance on this tally this week, as “Train” starts at No. 38.

Should “Train” arrive on the Hot 100, it would be the first AC/DC song to appear on this chart in 15 years.

Meanwhile, the classic “Back in Black” album is No. 1 on the Top Pop Catalog chart for the second consecutive week and the third week overall. The album’s first week at No. 1 was on the chart dated Feb. 11, 2006. “Back in Black” moved over to the catalog chart the week of March 8, 2003 after a 131-week run on The Billboard 200. With 714 weeks on the Catalog chart, “Back in Black” has now charted a total of 845 weeks.

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