Tag: New Wave of British Heavy Metal

Artist Countdown: Def Leppard Top 50 Hits 7pm ET @def_leppard @RadioMax

DefLeppardDef Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitar, backing vocals). This is the band’s longest-standing line-up.

The band’s strongest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s. Their 1981 album High ‘n’ Dry was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who helped them begin to define their style, and the album’s stand out track “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” became one of the first metal videos played on MTV in 1982. The band’s next studio album Pyromania in 1983, with the lead single “Photograph”, turned Def Leppard into a household name. In 2003, the album ranked number 384 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Def Leppard’s fourth album Hysteria, released in 1987, topped the U.S. and UK album charts. As of 2009 it has 12x platinum sales in the United States, and has gone on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide. The album spawned seven singles, including the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one “Love Bites”, alongside “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Hysteria”, “Armageddon It”, “Animal”,”Rocket”, and “Women”

Their next studio album Adrenalize (the first following the death of guitarist Steve Clark) reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and UK Album Chart in 1992, and contained several hits including, “Let’s Get Rocked” and “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad”. Their 1993 album Retro Active contained the acoustic hit song “Two Steps Behind”, while their greatest hits album Vault released in 1995 featured the new track “When Love & Hate Collide“.

As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Def Leppard have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have two albums with RIAA diamond certification, Pyromania and Hysteria. They are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. The band were ranked No. 31 in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and ranked No. 70 in “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Let’s Get Rocked
2 Love Bites
3 Rocket
4 Animal
5 Pour Some Sugar on Me
6 Make Love Like a Man
7 Two Steps Behind
8 When Love & Hate Collide
9 Have You Ever Needed Someone
10 Armageddon It
11 Hysteria
12 Now
13 Rock of Ages
14 Work It Out
15 Photograph
16 Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion)
17 Promises
18 Tonight
19 Foolin’
20 Action
21 Heaven Is
22 Miss You in a Heartbeat
23 Slang
24 Women
25 Too Late for Love
26 Paper Sun
27 Desert Song
28 Elected
29 Day After Day
30 Comin’ Under Fire
31 Four Letter Word
32 Billy’s Got a Gun
33 Let It Go
34 All I Want Is Everything
35 Long, Long Way to Go
36 Action! Not Words
37 Breathe a Sigh
38 Hello America
39 Goodbye
40 Wasted
41 Rock Brigade
42 Bringin’ On the Heartbreak
43 21st Century Sha La La La Girl
44 Back in Your Face
45 No Matter What
46 Rock On
47 20th Century Boy
48 Nine Lives (ft. Tim McGraw)
49 Undefeated
50 It’s All About Believin’

Artist Countdown: Ratt Top 25 Tracks 8pm ET @RadioMax @theRATTpack

RATTRatt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s. The band is best known for songs such as “Round and Round,” “Wanted Man,” and “Lay It Down”. Ratt has been recognized as instrumental in the formation of the early 1980s Los Angeles hard rock and glam metal scene.

The band continues to tour and record today despite extended hiatuses and lineup changes. They released their latest studio album, Infestation, on April 20, 2010 and are currently working on their next studio album.

Ratt’s music is influenced by 1970s hard rock and heavy metal bands such as Aerosmith, Sweet, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Scorpions and KISS. They fused this style with NWOBHM influences, including Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

Although they later incorporated more of a blues-rock sound into their music, the band was one of the first glam metal style groups that appeared in the early 1980s in California. Their image bore similarities to that of Rough Cutt, which had several members who were previously in Mickey Ratt (from which Ratt evolved).  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Round and Round
2 Lay It Down
3 Way Cool Jr.
4 Givin’ Yourself Away
5 Dance
6 You’re In Love
7 Wanted Man
8 I Want a Woman
9 Body Talk
10 Over the Edge
11 Lack of Communication
12 Lovin’ You’s a Dirty Job
13 Back for More
14 Best of Me
15 Slip of the Lip
16 What You Give Is What You Get
17 Shame Shame Shame
18 Nobody Rides For Free
19 Hold Tight
20 Steel River
21 Live For Today
22 Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
23 No Surprise
24 City To City
25 Top Secret