47. Def Leppard

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…
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