English rock band Def Leppard have recorded songs for eleven studio albums and one EP. After their formation in November , Def Leppard began rehearsing and writing songs together. The single was released in November with " Hello America " as a b-side, charting at no. The album, which included re-recorded versions of "Wasted", "Hello America", as well as two tracks from the EP charted at no. The band soon caught the attention of renowned producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange who agreed to produce their sophomore effort.
Riding the crest of a wave, the band began work on their fourth album when tragedy struck, with drummer Rick Allen losing his left arm in a horrific car crash late in Against all odds, through a combination of grit, determination and a specially-designed custom drum kit, Allen remained in the band, performing on their landmark album, Hysteria. A nigh-on perfect synthesis of hard rock thunder and infectious, mainstream pop, Hysteria overhauled the multi-platinum Pyromania , eventually moving 25 million units worldwide and spawning a remarkable six US Top 20 hits. The band had further misadventure to endure as they suffered the tragic, alcohol-related death of guitarist Steve Clark while they crafted their next album, Adrenalize. With the addition of strings from composer Michael Kamen, the track also featured significantly in the acclaimed soundtrack for the blockbuster movie Last Action Hero , starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. During this run of gigs, Def Leppard performed Hysteria in its entirety and, to document the historic residency, they issued Viva!
But by the time they released their third album, Pyromania , three years later, they began growing into a sound — somewhat shaped by producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange — that dished up polished pop hooks alongside the classic rock crunch. When they returned with their fourth album, Hysteria , they pretty much ruled the late '80s with their highly processed, and super-catchy, songs. It's no surprise that most of the cuts on our list of the Top 10 Def Leppard Songs come from that golden era. The seventh and final single from the massive Hysteria album is one of the LP's toughest-sounding songs, even with all of the digital sampling and effects producer Mutt Lange added to it.
Def Leppard are one of the biggest rock bands on the planet with sales in excess of million albums. The U. As fans may imagine, the large majority of the tunes on our countdown come from the s, when the band was selling out arenas and bridging the gap between metal and pop. Below are the 10 Best Def Leppard Songs:. The track brilliantly and successfully features the band harkening back to their signature sound and features a killer guitar solo from Phil Collen. The song topped the rock charts and followed the success of their previous No. The power ballad starts with a killer guitar riff and some ominous and compelling vocals from Joe Elliott.