Damn you, Simon Cowell and your ilk.
Fans fought the good fight, but it wasn’t enough. Despite a worldwide push to sell enough copies to push AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” to #1 in the UK, the highest they were able to go was fourth place.
They were bested by X-Factor winner Sam Bailey’s “Skyscraper” (a Demi Lovato cover and the odds-on favourite to finish at #1), “Happy” from Pharrell Williams (#2), Leona Lewis’ “One More Sleep” (#3.)
If there’s a victory to be taken here, it’s that this is the highest an AC/DC song has ever charted in the UK. “Highway to Hell” stalled at #40 in when it was first released in 1979 and “Heatseeker” didn’t do any better than #12 in 1988.