AC/DC Fans Want ‘Highway to Hell’ for Christmas
If AC/DC fans in the U.K. have their way this Christmas, no one will have to sing ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?,’ because they’ll all be surrounded by the sounds of the band’s classic 1979 hit ‘Highway to Hell.’
It seems that the band’s British fans have mounted a campaign to send ‘Highway’ back to the top spot on the pop charts in time for Christmas, and if AC/DC and Yuletide cheer seem like a bit of an odd combination, rest assured that there’s a reason for their high-volume approach to the holiday season. In fact, as Vintage Vinyl News reports, gaming the charts has become something of a Christmas tradition in England.
While a number of British holiday No. 1s fall into the classic-rock category — including hits by the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Queen — in recent years, year-end playlists have been dominated by a glut of newer pop stars from the U.K.’s ‘X Factor.’ In retaliation, annoyed fans have resorted to organizing grassroots campaigns to take back the Christmas airwaves with harder-edged fare — most notably in 2009, when they succeeded in sending Rage Against the Machine‘s ‘Killing in the Name’ to No. 1.
As VVN’s report notes, the AC/DC faithful face some stiff competition this year, including a newly recorded duet between Susan Boyle and the ghost of Elvis Presley, but the movement isn’t without its support. You can throw your social media weight behind the campaign by hitting “like” on its Facebook page.