DEF LEPPARD Singer Talks About Topping U.S. Single Chart With 1988’s ‘Love Bites’ (Video)

2011 was the year that Billboard celebrated the 1000th No. 1 song on the Hot 100 chart. As the magazine looks back on this year in music, it is celebrating that milestone with a month-long series of videos — one for each day of December — chatting with 31 of the hitmakers who rocketed to the top of the chart since its inception in 1958.

One of the 1980s’ biggest metal power ballads was DEF LEPPARD‘s 1988 chart smash “Love Bites”.

“It’s strange because we’d been to No. 1 with the album [“Hysteria”],” DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott tells Billboard of the song’s rise. “So now we wanted a No. 1 single because we’d never had one. So it was like, ‘come on! come on!’ When we got there, it was, as you can imagine, a ‘yes!’ moment.”