The British rock band Def Leppard has finally earned their place among other rock legends to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with 2019’s nominees Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, Roxy Music, Janet Jackson, Radiohead and the Cure.
In addition to the bands current lineup, the past members Pete Willis and Steve Clark will also be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 29, 2019.
As per Rock Hall’s criteria, artists become eligible for induction after 25 years has passed since the release of their first record. Meanwhile, artists’ influence and contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock music are also considered when eligible artists are nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In light of these events we have compiled a retrospective list to remember Def Leppards influence to the rock genre as well as some of their accomplishments that has most certainly contributed to their well earned induction to the Rock Hall.
Their fifth album Hysteria provided a breakthrough for the band, it remains as the band’s best-selling album with 25 million copies sold worldwide. The album spawned seven hit-singles and proved to be a huge success all around the world. Hysteria established Def Leppard as one of the most successful rock bands.
Further bolstering its legacy, Hysteria is listed in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and remains one of the best selling albums in the United States.
With their Hysteria and Pyromania albums, Def Leppard is one of the only five rock bands that had two of their albums selling over 10 million copies each in the U.S. and to receive diamond record status.
Def Leppard achieved their first commercial success between 1980s and 90s with the band’s first album “On Through the Night” and the album’s standout song “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” was one of the first rock videos that played on MTV in 1982.
The bands Adrenalize album was dedicated to the former guitarist Steve Clark, it was released a year after his death in 1992. The album reached number one on the USA Billboard 200 and also reached the number one spot on UK charts as well.
Through a combination of rock, heavy metal, pop and glam rock Def Leppard had crafted themselves a distinguished combination of style and sound. As part of the new wave of British heavy metal, Def Leppard’s distinctive style has been referred as an influence by a number of musicians from bands such as Pantera, Slayer and Metallica.
Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony will be inducted at the Barclays Center in New York on March 29, 2019.