Thunderstruck Drinking Game: How to Play

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Fun fact: there are 15 times “Thunder” and 19 times “Thunderstruck” in ‘Thunderstruck’ by ACDC. One dude once thought it would make a good drinking game. And he was right. Here, I’ll explain how to play the Thunderstruck Drinking Game.

In short, it’s one of those games where you take sips from your drink whenever a specific verbal clue comes by, a bit like the movie drinking game, but with music.

Your Game Information




20-30 party cups, 2+ ping pong balls


5-10 minutes







How to Play the Thunderstruck Drinking Game

Before you start, you should decide who starts drinking. Also, make sure there are enough drinks within reach so that players can get immediate refills.

Once you’ve got this clear, you can start playing as follows:

  1. All players stand or sit in a circle.
  2. Put on the song ‘Thunderstruck’ by ACDC.
  3. When you hear the first ‘thunder’, the first drinker starts drinking their beer.
  4. At the second thunder, the first drinker stops drinking, and the player to their left starts.
  5. This continues clockwise with each “thunder” or “thunderstruck”.
  6. The game ends with the song’s ending.

Tip: Switch between the first players to keep things fair and square. I once got the ‘Thunder’ just before the long guitar solo… It took me two full glasses!

Thunderstruck Variations

Thunderstruck can become too repetitive when played often, or too intense for those who aren’t used to these types of games.

In that case, you can always switch to one of these fun variations:

Team Thunderstruck

All players drink at each ‘thunder’ or ‘thunderstruck’. A good piece of advice: only drink one or a few sips each time, because it becomes way too intense otherwise.

Random Thunderstruck

Instead of going around the circle, the drinking player selects the next drinker.

I’d like to remind everyone to enjoy drinks responsibly and to be mindful of each other’s well-being. Remember, moderation is key for a healthier and more memorable experience. Also, let’s keep an eye on our friends and loved ones – a small act of care can make a big difference. Let’s ensure our gatherings are not just fun, but also safe and supportive for all.

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