Iconic Australian rockers AC/DC were already experiencing a bit of a resurgence this past few years, thanks to Marvel’s Iron Man movies featuring some of their best hits for its soundtrack. It seems that Hollywood has finally discovered how good AC/DC’s trademark brand of short yet intense hard rock works well as soundtracks.
You Shook Me All Night Long, in particular, has been used copiously by many TV shows and movies, with its gnarly stanza riffs capable of making shoulders bop, until the fist pumping chorus kicks in and does exactly what it says, it shakes you all night long.
You Shook Me All Night Long’s lyrics is easily one of its key factors. While Brian Johnson has admitted that he wrote it based on the story of a night with a beautiful woman, the double entendres and vaguely sexual lines lend themselves well to just about any subject. The line “she was a fast machine…” was applied by Hollywood to everything from cars to Iron Man’s Mk. III armor to yes, even loose women.
Currently, You Shook Me All Night Long is considered as one of AC/DC’s most recognizable songs, competing with Back in Black and Highway to Hell on most lists and rankings.