Def Leppard had already established themselves as a rock powerhouse following the release of their 3rd album Pyromania. Thanks to singles like "Photograph", Rock Of Ages" "Foolin'" etc. that album soared up the Billboard charts and was only kept out of the #1 Position because of a fella named Michael Jackson and his album Thriller.
Despite a number of setbacks for the follow up to Pyromania, four years later they would release its follow up Hysteria in the Summer of 1987.. It was packed with soon to be hits (7 singles all together) and proved to be there most substantial effort to date. It proved to be one of the longest albums in CD history clocking in just over 62 minutes. It also contained what is their only #1 Single to date: "Love Bites" (below)
On this date in 1988, the pride of Sheffield, England would make Billboard chart history and become the first act in history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive albums – Pyromania (now over 10 million copies U.S.) and Hysteria (now over 12 million copies U.S.). Want some more impressive stats about these guys? They are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S.
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