Def Leppard formed before the ‘80s even began, released their first album the same year the Phillies beat the Royals in the World Series, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, and are still going strong with a big stadium tour planned this summer with Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett.
The band from Sheffield, England has a litany of hits to choose from when playing live, not to mention the solid deep cuts like “Stagefright.” Def Leppard has placed 19 songs on the all-encompassing Billboard 100 over the decades, and the number grows on the rock-specific charts.
The best of the best tracks encompass the band’s commercial prime, which ran from 1983, when they released their breakthrough LP Pyromania, to 1993, when they put a bow on the era with Retro Active – a solid collection of B-sides and previously unreleased material. In between, there was Hysteria and Adrenalize.
Here’s a look at Def Leppard’s top ten hits of all-time, as ranked by their peak chart position on the Billboard 100.
10. ROCK OF AGES
From 1983's Pyromania, it peaked at #16 during a week "Every Breath You Take" by The Police was #1.
9. LET'S GET ROCKED
From 1992's Adrenalize, it peaked at #15 during a week "Jump" by Kris Kross was #1.
From 1987's Hysteria, it peaked at #12 during a week "Like a Prayer" by Madonna was #1.
From 1983's Pyromania, it peaked at #12 during a week "Let's Dance" by David Bowie was #1.
5. TWO STEPS BEHIND
From 1993's Retro Active, it peaked at #12 during a week "Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey was #1.
5. HAVE YOU EVER NEEDED SOMEONE SO BAD
From 1992's Adrenalize, it peaked at #12 during a week "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men was #1.
From 1987's Hysteria, it peaked at #10 during a week "Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson was #1.
3. ARMAGEDDON IT
From 1987's Hysteria, it peaked at #3 during a week "Two Hearts" by Phil Collins was #1.
2. POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME
From 1987's Hysteria, it peaked at #2 during a week "Hold on to the Nights" by Richard Marx was #1.
1. LOVE BITES
From 1987's Hysteria, it edged out "Red Red Wine" by UB40 during its one week at the top.