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46. Def Leppard

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Similar to other artists on this list we suspect that our next selection will generate polarizing opinions. Def Leppard, like many artists associated with the Hair Metal scene often has to overcome the image that the genre created.


Emerging from the British Metal scene in the late 70’s, Def Leppard would eventually achieve huge success in the 80’s selling out arenas and millions of records. They were forced to alter their music with the freak accident that cost their drummer one arm, but rather than replace him they kept him and actually thrived with their new style of Rock. It certainly didn’t hurt that in the video age their good looks garnered them more female attention than most artists. Some detractors point that they were not a very “hard” band to wear the Metal tag, and the 90’s only saw that number swell as Grunge’s emergence was a reaction to the style of music that Def Leppard (right or wrong) was doing. Regardless, at their root Def Leppard was a very solid Rock band which was all they really ever claimed to be, and their legions of fans couldn’t care less what any critic had to say.

Def Leppard

The Bullet Points:

Previous Rank:

2010: #53


Eligible Since:


Country of Origin:

United Kingdom (Sheffield, England)

Why They Will Get In:

Very few artists have their commercial success and could be a good draw at the ceremony.

Why They Won’t Get In:

They are often associated hair metal, not exactly the most beloved style in music.

Nominated In:


Essential Albums:

High ‘n’ Dry (1981)

Pyromania (1983)

Hysteria (1987)

Adrenalize (1992)

Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

Bringin’ on the Heartbreak (From High ‘n’ Dry, 1981)

Photograph (From Pyromania, 1983)

Foolin’ (From Pyromania, 1983)

Rock of Ages (From Pyromania, 1983)

Rocket (From Hysteria, 1987)






Should Def Leppard be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 40%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 35%
No opinion. - 10%
No way! - 10%
Last modified on Friday, 16 January 2015 10:40


+4 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
i am a little biased here. They are my all time fav ban who I have seen on countless occasions. it all comes down to your definition of rock. I think two diamond selling studio albums in five years (how many other groups can say that?) gives them credence and their ability to still sell out arenas twenty eyars after their popularity was crushed by the grunge movement must account for something. And oh yeah they can rock!
-10 #2 Musicologist999 -0001-11-29 19:00
Def Leppard have had great success, big hit songs and album sales, and they survived the tragedies of their drummer losing an arm in an auto accident and the death of a guitarist, and they're still together today, and good for them. But there's nothing really *outstanding* about their music, and some of their later stuff, especially after they had to modify their sound so their drummer could play with only one arm, sounds way too manufactured. Def Leppard are survivors, but are they good enough for the RnR Hall Of Fame? Probably not.
+5 #3 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
i just want to say in one of the most ironic and moronic things ever this site has blown it again. it actually has the balls to put soundgarden at # 44 and def lepp at # 45 on this latest list. ironically you have put my most hated group one notch ahead of my most favorite group. that is sick and wrong. soundgarden cannot hold def lepps britannia shorts. please change ur ratings they are wrong.
+2 #4 Sheila 2013-03-03 11:05
Is there not something, anything the millions of fans can do to get these bands who have been rocking our worlds for decades at least on the nomination list???
+3 #5 Pat 2013-12-02 16:13
Crazy to see Def Leppard not being inducted into R&R HOF. How's this for an achievement? Def Leppard are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies each in the US.The others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen. From 80's to present, they've headlined and sold out arenas, sold over 100 million records, influenced a ton of rock musicians since the early 1980s. But then again, R&R HOF is overrated anyways. They did inducts Talking Heads who couldn't even crack top 15 in any of the billboard top 100 albums SMH
+3 #6 RICK0069 2014-04-19 11:18
I'm from south America and the reason I love rock music is because of Def Leppard, first record I bought when I was eleven was Vault and it was a revelation to my ears. I started to listen other genres and bands but the Leps were my favorite because of the detailed care and melodies of their songs. they have meet all the pseudo criteria of the stupid hall. first they have influenced many past and present acts, pioneers for the good or the bad of the NWOBHM and Arena bands of the 80's, they were huge back then and still popular, just check the numbers at their concerts, they have inspired many people beyond the music like rick's allen foundation, millions albums sold and recognitions but the most important thing to keep in mind is Leppard is a ROCK band that should belong in a ROCK hall, is this R&R HOF or they just got lucky to get this name? I have always thought that Brian May should be the perfect person to induct the leps.
+1 #7 Hannah 2014-07-27 23:13
It's crazy to me that a band that practically invented the 80s rock sound (with Pyromania) and later perfected it (with Hysteria) in addition to selling 65 million albums worldwide isn't in the R&R HOF. Yeah, their more recent releases haven't been as good, but this band is still playing to arenas worldwide and sounding great doing it. Leppard is wonderful live, even as they age. They have a really special energy, and they recreate their albums well, which is remarkable when you consider the heavy production (especially on Hysteria tracks). It just proves that behind the studio magic, they can actually play and sing.

I also really object to Bon Jovi being higher on this list. No way in hell Bon Jovi should get in before Leppard.
-1 #8 Theologist 2014-11-11 17:37
Def Leppard is an obvious choice, period.
They are EASILY worthier of the HoF than about 50% of the artists *already* in.

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