1987 was an AWESOME year for me!!!! I went to Disney World with my family, I was finally a big shot Sixth grader at my K-6 Elementary School and (drum roll please…) Def Leppard’s Hysteria album was released! “Pour Some Sugar On Me” became an instant classic all over the airwaves!
This was their first album after the tragic car accident which left their drummer Rick Allen with one arm. Before this unfortunate incident, the band was riding high on the success of their first #1 album Pyromania which catapulted them to superstar status and made them the unquestioned kings of hard rock. They were among the cool hair metal bands out there.
But Def Leppard would not be denied. Using a custom made electronic kit, Rick Allen would continue to not only drum for the band but also become their inspiration. With producer Mutt Lange manning the boards, the band would alter their sound more towards a pop direction while still maintaining some of their metallic crunch. Lead singer Joe Elliott also toned down his vocals and began singing in a more intelligible and softer tone than his previous raspy voice (Think Brian Johnson from AC/DC).
As a result, the band did the near impossible. They released an album that would be even more successful than Pyromania delivering 6 huge hit singles. Also, worth noting is that this album helped revolutionize the music industry with both its glossy production and its album length at 63 minutes at a time when most albums were still around 45 minutes long. These aspects would lead to longer and more polished albums in general for most popular music.
The songs presented here are nearly all top notch with the best featuring catchy hooks that were instantly recognizable and stayed in your head for years upon hearing them. The tracks “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and the ballads “Love Bites” and “Hysteria” were huge hits and still sound great. “Armageddon It”, “Animal”, and “Rockit” were also top 20 hits and feature memorable riffs and catchy choruses.
The proceeding post is from an ongoing list of albums that represent what I feel to be the forty greatest albums to be released in forty consecutive years in a row since the year I was born.
It is based on my education, obsessions and life experiences. Through friends, family and my obsessions I found inspiration. Some factors in determining these albums are:
- I can listen to them numerous times.
- Some of these artists have stand out performances.
- Some are based on artist’s best albums, which fall into place with the year that they originated in.
Ultimately this ends up being the top forty albums in my humble opinion. Sometimes the artists pay tribute; other times it is just considered their peak performances. In many ways you could say that all years since 1976 are represented. But these are more than my just favorites, they are simply amazing albums and a sample of the best list I could think of that demonstrates the BIG 40 spectacular pieces of music in my lifetime, so far…