Saturday, June 15, 2013

Song Meaning: Rock N' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution by AC/DC

ARTIST: AC/DC | ALBUM: BLACK IN BLACK | RELEASED: 1980
The song is one of many highlights of AC/DC's best selling album, Black in Black. It perfectly coincide with rock n' roll themes: drugs, sex and rock n' roll itself. "Rock N' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" celebrates all the good aspects of, well, rock n' roll. It can be loud, but it sure ain't noise pollution. You have to undeniably agree with this if you listen to crap on the radio today.

The song is written by Angus Young / Malcolm Young / Brian Johnson. Mr. Johnson, the lead singer, makes the case for the perks of rock n' roll. The song has a essay-like structure to it, starting off with Johnson reading lines #1 to #7 while Angus is playing the riff, to which you can actually sing the chorus. Thus, the beginning is a perfect blend of singing and reading. I believe AC/DC chose this specific route since the song has a strong, heartfelt message to the audience. As a matter of fact, although rock was the popular music at the time, it was forcefully challenged by rhythm and blues, and soul artists like Madonna and Michael Jackson.


  1. hey there all you middle men
  2. throw away your fancy clothes
  3. and while you're out sittin' on a fence
  4. so get off your arse and come down here
  5. cause rock 'n' roll ain't no riddle man
  6. to me it makes good good sense
  7. good sense yeah let's go

  8. heavy decibels bells are playing on my guitar
  9. we got vibrations comin' up from the floor
  10. we're just listenin' to the rock
  11. that's givin' too much noise
  12. are you deaf you wanna hear some more
  13. we're just talking about the future
  14. forget about the past
  15. it'll always be with us
  16. it's never gonna die
  17. never gonna die
  18. rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution
  19. rock 'n' roll ain't gonna die
  20. rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution
  21. rock 'n' roll it will survive
  22. yes it will

  23. I took a look inside your bedroom door
  24. you looked so good lyin' on your bed
  25. well I asked you if you wanted any rhythm and love
  26. you said you wanna rock 'n' roll instead
  27. we're just talking about the future
  28. forget about the past
  29. it'll always be with us
  30. it's never gonna die
  31. never gonna die
  32. rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution
  33. rock 'n' roll ain't gonna die
  34. rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution
  35. rock 'n' roll is just rock 'n' roll

  36. rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution
  37. rock 'n' roll ain't gonna die
  38. rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution
  39. rock 'n' rolling will survive
  40. rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution
  41. rock 'n' roll will never die
  42. rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution
  43. rock 'n' roll
  44. rock 'n' roll
  45. is just rock 'n' roll

© 1980 J Albert & Son Pty Ltd.
Lyrics from: http://www.acdc.com/us/music/bonfire/rock-and-roll-aint-noise-pollution

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