Def Leppard

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Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitar, backing vocals). This is the band's longest-standing line-up.

The band's strongest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s. Their 1981 album, High 'n' Dry, was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who helped them begin to define their style, and the album's standout track "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" became one of the first rock videos played on MTV in 1982. The band's next studio album, Pyromania in January 1983, with "Photograph" as the lead single, turned Def Leppard into a household name. In the U.S., Pyromania was certified Diamond (10× Platinum). In 2003, the album ranked number 384 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Def Leppard's fourth album Hysteria, released in August 1987, topped the UK and U.S. album charts. As of 2009, it has reached beyond the success of Pyromania, having been certified 12× Platinum for sales of over 12 million in the U.S. and has gone on to sell over 25 million copies worldwide. The album spawned seven hit singles, including the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one "Love Bites", alongside "Pour Some Sugar on Me", "Hysteria", "Armageddon It", "Animal", "Rocket", and "Women". Their next studio album, Adrenalize (the first following the death of guitarist Steve Clark), reached number one in the UK and U.S. charts in 1992, and contained several hits, including "Let's Get Rocked" and "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad". Their 1993 album, Retro Active, contained the acoustic hit song "Two Steps Behind", while their greatest-hits album Vault, released in 1995, featured the UK hit "When Love & Hate Collide".

As one of the world's best-selling music artists, Def Leppard have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and have two albums with RIAA Diamond certification, Pyromania and Hysteria. They are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. The band were ranked No. 31 in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and ranked No. 70 in "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

All of the band members of Def Leppard are good friends with the members of Iron Maiden.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 On Through the Night Def Leppard 2 5
1981 High 'n' Dry Def Leppard 3.35 7
1983 Pyromania Def Leppard 4.2 12
1987 Hysteria Def Leppard 4.85 12
1992 Adrenalize Def Leppard 3.5 8
1993 Retro Active Def Leppard 3.5 5
1996 Slang Def Leppard 3 4
1999 Euphoria Def Leppard 3 4
2002 X Def Leppard 3.5 4
2006 Yeah! Def Leppard 4 3
2008 Songs From the Sparkle Lounge Def Leppard 3 5
2015 Def Leppard Def Leppard 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Vault: Greatest Hits 1980-1995 Def Leppard 5 4
2004 Best Of Def Leppard 5
2005 Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection Def Leppard 1
2005 Rock of Ages: The DVD Collection Def Leppard 1
2006 The Ballad Album Def Leppard 1
Best Kept Secrets (1987 - 1996) Def Leppard 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 CMT Crossroads Taylor Swift & Def Leppard 2
2011 Mirrorball: Live & More Def Leppard 5 2
2013 Viva! Hysteria: Live at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA Def Leppard 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Wasted Def Leppard 2
1980 Hello America Def Leppard 2
1981 Bringin' on the Heartbreak Def Leppard 1
1981 Let It Go Def Leppard 1
1983 Photograph Def Leppard 4
1983 Rock of Ages Def Leppard 4
1983 Too Late for Love Def Leppard 3
1983 Foolin' Def Leppard 1
1987 Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard 5
1987 Animal Def Leppard 5
1987 Rocket Def Leppard 1
1988 Armageddon It Def Leppard 2
1988 Love Bites Def Leppard 1
1988 Rocket Def Leppard 1
1992 Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad Def Leppard 1
1992 Let's Get Rocked Def Leppard 2
1992 Make Love Like a Man Def Leppard 1
1993 Miss You in a Heartbeat Def Leppard 2
1993 Action Def Leppard 1
1993 Heaven Is Def Leppard 1
1993 Tonight Def Leppard 3
1993 Two Steps Behind Def Leppard 5 1
1995 When Love and Hate Collide Def Leppard 4
1996 Slang Def Leppard 3
1996 Work It Out Def Leppard 1
2002 Now Def Leppard 4 5
2003 Long, Long Way to Go Def Leppard 4 1
2011 Undefeated Def Leppard 1
2012 Pour Some Sugar on Me (2012) Def Leppard 1
2012 Rock of Ages (2012) Def Leppard 1
Action Def Leppard 2
All I Want Is Everything Def Leppard 3
Breathe a Sigh Def Leppard 1
Goodbye Def Leppard 3
Hysteria Def Leppard 1
Promises Def Leppard 2
Work It Out Def Leppard 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Ride Into the Sun Def Leppard 1
1979 The Def Leppard E.P. Def Leppard 4
1989 Rocket (Lunar Mix) Def Leppard 1
2006 Yeah! Bonus CD With Backstage Interviews Def Leppard 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Conversationalize Def Leppard 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 In the Clubs... In Your Face Def Leppard 1

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