AC/DC’s 2020 chart-topping return to form, Power Up, is one of the few bright spots in a year that ranks among the lowest in modern times. While chatting with Australia’s Triple M radio, co-founding guitarist Angus Young shed light on how he came to name the new album: “I went through everything — like titles in songs. In the song ‘Realize,’ there’s the line, ‘I’ve got the power to mesmerize.’ The word ‘power,’ it goes back to the name AC/DC. We always looked at ourselves as that of power, electric power. So I just wanted another, if you could say, okay, what could you call AC/DC, and you say they’re power. And I just thought something positive: power up. When we get on a stage, we plug in the guitars and everything powers up when we’re out there.”


  • In addition to topping the Billboard 200 albums chart in the U.S., AC/DC’s Power Up has hit Number One in 21 other countries.
  • AC/DC’s last studio set, 2014’s Rock Or Bust, topped out at Number Three in the U.S.
  • The band’s last U.S. Number One was 2008’s Black Ice.

CHECK IT OUT: AC/DC’s 2020 track, “Realize”: