The song was released as the lead single from their 1983 fifth studio album of the same name.

The anthemic title track is the album's best known song, and became Accept's signature song, for which a music video was shot that received American airplay on MTV.

The music video was filmed in January 1984 in London.

Dirkschneider explained he was apprehensive about riding the ball because of the cold, wintry conditions on the day of the shoot, but decided to do it in the end.

The song was also edited down for the video, with the guitar solo and Dirkschneider's spoken bridge being removed.

The video edit of the song clocks in at four minutes and twenty eight seconds long, while the album version is five minutes and forty four seconds long.

The video later appeared on Beavis and Butt-head in the 1993 episode "Tornado".

The song has also been featured on two VH1 countdown shows: as Number 38 on the 40 Greatest Metal Songs, and as Number 29 on the 40 Most Awesomely Bad Metal Songs Ever.

It is on the in-game radio for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories on the V-Rock station.

The song appears as a playable track in the video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, as a cover version.