Def Leppard's Joe Elliott: My Life in 15 Songs

U.K. hitmakers' singer on "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Photograph" and other glammy gems

"We Belong" (2015)

Def Leppard is the first album we've put out where I can honestly say we did not give a hoot about the Hysteria record. We didn't try to sound like it; we didn't try to not sound like it. We didn't think about it at all. There are a lot of songs I really love on the album, but "We Belong" is one of my favorites because it has all five of us singing lead. It was something I was quite insistent we do, just because people always talk about how great the BV's are in this band. So I thought, "Well, wouldn't it be nice to have every guy sing separately, and let people hear how good the voices are au naturel?" We were just taking advantage of the fact that everybody in this band can sing, just like everyone in the Beatles could sing — even Ringo! Once we coaxed [drummer] Rick Allen into doing the first line of the second verse, we were off. We knew it was gonna be a good one.

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