Happy Halloween! Did you know that ’80s rock sensation Def Leppard just came out with a new album? It literally just dropped yesterday. You can buy it here.
As someone who has loved Def Leppard for many years, this is exciting news. I figured that, in addition to October being ’80s Month here at Modern Yet Nostalgic, it would be a shame not to honor this legendary band right as their new album is coming out.
Thus, I have compiled a list of what I think are Def Leppard’s 10 Best Hit Songs. Similar to my Top 5 ’80s Movie Soundtracks, this is all my opinion. You can feel free to agree or disagree. I’d love to hear your opinions. And, if you’re not familiar with Def Leppard, I recommend any of these songs to introduce you to one of my favorite ’80s bands!
10. Two Steps Behind (acoustic version)
This song didn’t come out until the ’90s, but it still makes the list. I first heard this song on the greatest hits CD “Vault” that I owned as a teenager. It’s a really sweet, pretty song — especially the acoustic version. It isn’t something you’d expect from a band normally referred to as a “hair band.”
Another ’90s song from a predominantly ’80s band, “Promises” came out in 1999 on the album Euphoria. It’s a fun song with a good beat and it would honestly fit in with any of the band’s earlier music. It sounds like it would come straight off of Pyromania.
8. Rock of Ages
“Rock of Ages” is one of Def Leppard’s best known songs (up there with “Pour Some Sugar On Me”). The song was released in 1983 on the Pyromania album. It’s honestly such a great rock song — one could even call it a rock anthem.
The song was sampled by The Offspring’s “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy).” I have both songs on my iPod and I never know which one I’m hearing at first when I hear the opening.
7. Love Bites
Emo before emo was a thing, “Love Bites” is kind of an anti-love song that contains lines such as these:
“When you make love, do you look in the mirror? / Who do you think of? / Does he look like me?”
“Love bites / Love bleeds / It’s bringin’ me to my knees / Love lives / Love dies / It’s no surprise”
This one is just super fun. I didn’t love this song at first, but it randomly grew on it and now it’s one of my favorites. This is from the immensely popular 1987 “Hysteria” album. “Hysteria” is probably the best album to start with if you want to start listening to Def Leppard’s discography.
The song references lots of other famous rock songs and albums like Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” Queen’s “Killer Queen,” David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” and many others.
“Photograph” is probably one of Def Leppard’s most popular singles. It was rated the 13th Greatest Hard Rock Song by VH1, so there’s that.
4. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
Honestly just a great song. From 1981’s High N’ Dry.
Classic is the best word I can use to describe this one.
2. When Love and Hate Collide
Maybe it’s the girl in me, but I really love ballads sang by hard rock bands. Just like “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Wind of Change,” “When Love and Hate Collide” has a special place in my heart. It’s a song that can be sung passionately in the car with no shame.
This song wasn’t released until 1995 when the band released the Vault greatest hits album. It didn’t do well in the US, but the UK fans knew what was up and got it to hit #2 on their charts. What’s wrong with you, fellow Americans?
God, what a great song. Back in the MySpace days, I used the lyric “Lady luck never smiles” as my display name because I was so cool and not at all pathetic.
This song — from 1983’s Pyromania — has been one of my favorite rock songs for probably 10 years. It’s a song I never get sick of and one that I get overly excited to hear when it comes on a radio or plays on a movie or something.
Did I miss something?
No, “Pour Some Sugar On Me” did not make this list. It was probably the first Def Leppard song I ever heard, though, on the awful 2000 film Coyote Ugly. Besides that, I just don’t think it’s that great of a song to merit a place on this list. It’s a good song, but I really never understood why that one in particular was so notable for the band.