Are You Ready (AC/DC song)

"Are You Ready" is a song by Australian rock band AC/DC. It is featured on the band's 1990 album The Razors Edge. A live version of the song recorded on the tour of the same name appeared on one of AC/DC's two live albums of 1992, Live: 2 CD Collector's Edition. The song peaked at number one in New Zealand, becoming AC/DC's only number-one hit there, and has been certified Gold for sales exceeding 5,000. It also peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, number six in Ireland, number 14 in Finland and number 18 in Australia.

"Are You Ready"
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Single by AC/DC
from the album The Razors Edge
B-side"Got You by the Balls"
Released28 March 1991
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Angus Young and Malcolm Young
Producer(s)Bruce Fairbairn
AC/DC singles chronology
"Are You Ready"
"Highway to Hell (live)"
Music video
"Are You Ready" on YouTube

The music video to this song, directed by David Mallet,[1] shows prisoners attending an AC/DC mini-concert at their prison. One prisoner is being dressed up to get ready for the band to play the song. Guards shave his head nearly bald, leaving hairs that make up AC/DC's logo, the one similar to the cover of the band's music video tape, Clipped.



Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 18
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[3] 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 38
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 34
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[8] 16

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1991) Position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 27


Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[10] Gold 5,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

In popular cultureEdit

The song was featured in the 2001 movie Rock Star.

The prison venue in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is nearly identical to the stage that the band appears on in the music video for "Are You Ready".

The song was played on the Big Ten Network for college basketball games in 2007 and 2008.

German football club 1.FSV Mainz 05 plays the song during half time.

In 2018, Coca-Cola used the song for 2018 FIFA World Cup commercial.

In 2019, WWE used the song for Friday Night SmackDown airing on Fox.


  1. ^ – AC/DC – "Are you ready?"
  2. ^ " – AC/DC – Are You Ready". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  3. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  4. ^ " – AC/DC – Are You Ready". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Are You Ready". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  6. ^ " – AC/DC – Are You Ready". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  8. ^ "AC DC Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  9. ^ "End of Year Charts 1991". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  10. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – AC/DC – Are You Ready". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 29 May 2019.