AC/DC's popularity grew throughout the 1970s, initially in Australia, and then internationally. Their 1979 album, Highway to Hell. reached the top twenty in the United States, and the band was on the verge of a commercial breakthrough. However, on 19 February 1980, Scott died after a night of drinking in London. AC/DC briefly considered disbanding, but the group recruited vocalist Brian Johnson of the British glam rock band Geordie. AC/DC's subsequent album, Back in Black, was released only five months later, and was a tribute to Scott. It went on to become the second best-selling album in history.
Bon was voted the greatest rock frontman of all time in Classic Rock No. 68.
Author Clinton Walker wrote the first biography of Bon Scott, 'Highway To Hell: The Life & Times Of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott'.