Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott Picks Four Classic Rock Songs As His Favorites

During one of his recent conversations, Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott named his favorite rock songs from the ’80s, most of which are very familiar to rock music lovers. The frontman expressed his thoughts about the classic tracks while revealing them.

As a member of the band that has been hitting the rock scene since the late ’70s, Elliott has always been interested in classic rock and followed the changes by comparing them to the older versions. Even though he credited many bands and musicians by praising their works, he decided to name four favorite tracks from his list. His first choice was ‘Where the Streets Have No Name,’ released on U2’s fifth studio album ‘The Joshua Tree.’

The singer shared details about it, saying that both U2 and Def Leppard were in Dublin while recording the iconic album, ‘Hysteria.’ He stated they came across each other many times after highlighting its music video’s distinctive style. The second favorite was Kate Bush’s classic song entitled ‘The Dreaming’ from the album of the same name released on September 13, 1982. He stated that the production was significant, along with the performance. He defined Bush as a very talented singer, songwriter, and producer.

Elliott went on with Genesis icon Peter Gabriel’s ‘Red Rain,’ which belonged to his 1986 solo album ‘So,’ and he drew attention to Gabriel’s distinguishing vocal talent. The last choice was Prince’s ‘Purple Rain,’ which the Def Leppard singer saw as one of the best songs that he had ever heard. Furthermore, he didn’t forget to mention The Rolling Stones’ ‘Start Me Up,’ Guns N’ Roses song ‘Welcome To The Jungle,’ and ‘Two Tribes’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood as his favorites.

Here’s what Joe Elliott said:

“It’s Joe Elliott, and this is my ’80s. My first choice is ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ by U2. I loved this song for many reasons. It’s a fantastic opening track to a fantastic album, ‘The Joshua Tree.’ The accompanying video of this was mindblowing and just really opened every avenue for that band. It was made to be huge too. I was around while they were recording because Def Leppard and U2 were both in Dublin in the ’80s. Ours was ‘Hysteria,’ and theirs was ‘The Joshua Tree.’

So we were running into each other, so it’s interesting to see how they built it. Seeing from the inside and outside, what a great video and song. My second choice is the title track of Kate Bush’s 1982’s album, ‘The Dreaming.’ The ’80s was when production was becoming very important, almost as important as the songs themselves or the performance of the actual artist. Kate Bush was an incredible performer, fantastic songwriter, brilliant producer, and ranger.”

He added:

“In this album, the amount of different sounds she achieved out of voice is absolutely incredible, this titled track sums up the entire album, and it was beautiful. My third choice is an occasional collaborator with Kate Bush and ex-Genesis singer Peter Gabriel. It’s from his 1986 album, ‘So,’ and the opening track ‘Red Rain.’ Once again, this is all about production and performance. Peter Gabriel’s voice is so distinctive and, more importantly, so commanding.

So with honorable mentions to ‘Start Me Up’ by The Rolling Stones, ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ by Guns N’ Roses, and ‘Two Tribes’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, this is my ultimate ’80s choice. It’s Prince’s ‘Purple Rain,’ one of the most brilliant and beautiful songs that I have ever heard. I stand up every time I hear this song on the radio. I saw it live dozen times and it was so incredibly moving. It’s almost kike going to church and was that good.”

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