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Def Leppard

August 24th, 2015

1977 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England


Years Active:
'70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Def Leppard


In many ways, Def Leppard were the definitive hard rock band of the '80s. There were many bands that rocked harder (and were more dangerous) than the Sheffield-based quintet, but few others captured the spirit of the times quite as well. Emerging in the late '70s as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Def Leppard actually owed more to the glam rock and metal of the early '70s, as their sound was equal parts T. Rex, Mott the Hoople, Queen, and Led Zeppelin. By toning down their heavy riffs and emphasizing melody, Def Leppard were poised for crossover success by 1983's Pyromania, and skillfully used the fledgling MTV network to their advantage. The musicians were already blessed with photogenic good looks, but they also crafted a series of innovative, exciting videos that made them into stars. They intended to follow Pyromania quickly but were derailed when their drummer lost an arm in a car accident, the first of many problems that plagued the group's career. They managed to pull through such tragedies, and even expanded their large audience with 1987's blockbuster Hysteria. As the '90s began, mainstream hard rock shifted away from their signature pop-metal and toward edgier, louder bands, yet they maintained a sizable audience into the late '90s and were one of only a handful of '80s metal groups to survive the decade more or less intact.

Top Albums

1. Mirror Ball ..

2. Mirror Ball ..

3. Slang (Delux..

4. Slang Video ..

5. Hysteria 201..

6. Acoustic Med..

7. Hysteria Vid..

8. Pour Some Su..

9. Undefeated -..

10. Songs For th..

11. X Video Coll..

12. Euphoria Vid..

13. When Love &a..

14. Retro Active..

15. Adrenalize V..

Top Songs

Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012 Re-Recor..Pour Some Sugar On Me / Roc..4:23$1.29
Hysteria (2013 Re-Recorded Version)Hysteria 2013 (Re-Recorded ..5:52$1.29
Rock of Ages (2012 Re-Recorded Versi..Pour Some Sugar On Me / Roc..4:08$1.29
Love Bites (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..7:28$1.29
Photograph (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..4:35$1.29
Bringin' On the Heartbreak (Live..Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..5:08$1.29
Animal (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..4:02$1.29
Foolin' (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..5:06$1.29
Pour Some Sugar On Me (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..5:05$1.29
Too Late for Love (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..5:17$1.29
Rocket (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..4:29$1.29
Two Steps Behind (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..4:29$1.29
When Love & Hate CollideWhen Love & Hate Collid..4:19$1.29
Hysteria (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..6:20$1.29
Pour Some Sugar On Me (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..5:05$1.29
Armageddon It (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..5:19$1.29
Photograph (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..4:35$1.29
Let's Get Rocked (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..6:11$1.29
Love Bites (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..7:28$1.29
Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop) [Live]Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..3:55$1.29
Rock On (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..5:10$1.29
Fotografia17 Top Hits Of 19842:39$0.99
Acoustic Medley 2012: Where Does Lov..Acoustic Medley 2012: Where..7:32$1.29
Two Steps Behind (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..4:29$1.29
Foolin' (Live)Mirror Ball - Live & Mo..5:06$1.29

Top Music Videos

1. Women

2. Pour Som..

3. Love Bit..

4. Hysteria..

5. Animal

6. Pour Som..

7. Armagedd..

8. Rocket

9. Let's Ge..

10. Have You..

11. Promises..

12. Miss You..

13. Stand Up..

14. Two Step..

15. I Wanna ..

16. Now

17. Long Lon..

18. Action

19. When Lov..

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