Studio album by AC/DC
Released 26 September 1995
Recorded 1994–1995
Genre Hard rock, blues-rock
Length 49:47
Label Albert
Producer Rick Rubin, Mike Fraser
Professional reviews
*Allmusic [1]*Rolling Stone (Mixed)[2]

Ballbreaker is an album by the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in 1995. It was the band's first studio album in five years, since The Razors Edge (1990). The album also featured the return of former drummer, Phil Rudd, who had been fired from the band in 1983 as a result of tensions with rhythm gutarist Malcolm Young. The three singles released from this album were "Hard as a Rock," "Cover You in Oil," and "Hail Caesar." The album was produced by Rick Rubin. Rubin had previously worked with the band to produce the song/single "Big Gun," which was released two years before on the soundtrack to the movie Last Action Hero.

Two weeks into the U.S. tour, four gigs were cancelled so that Brian Johnson could attend his father's funeral. During the tour, MTV cartoon characters Beavis and Butthead also appeared in the intro during concerts as well. Five of the songs were played live, 'Hard As a Rock', 'Boogie Man', 'Cover You In Oil', 'Hail Caesar', and 'Ballbreaker'. The album was re-released in 2005 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series. The album is currently certified Double Platinum by the RIAA in the US, for sales in excess of 2,000,000.

Track ListingEdit

All tracks written by Angus Young and Malcolm Young.


  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion


  • Produced By Rick Rubin & Mike Fraser
  • Pre-Production Engineer: Noel Rafferty
  • Recorded, Engineered & Mixed By Mike Fraser
  • Assistant Recording Engineers: Mark Dernley, Steve Holroyd, Brandon Harris, Kyle Bess, Rory Romano
  • Mastered By George Marino


Country Sales Certification
United States 2,000,000 2x Platinum[4]
Finland 38,732 Gold[5]
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