Best Songs from Def Leppard's X

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X (pronounced ten) is the 8th studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 30 July 2002 by Island Records in the US and sister label Mercury worldwide. It was recorded at Joe's Garage in Dublin, Ireland Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, and Rumbo Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA

Much like 1996's Slang, it featured another departure from their signature sound by moving into the pop genre.

Most of the album was produced by Pete Woodroffe and the band, with remaining tracks produced by either Marti Frederiksen or Per Aldeheim and Andreas Carlsson.

This is the first Def Leppard album in which drummer Rick Allen actively took part in song-writing. On all of the band's prior albums, he is only credited with helping co-write 3 tracks. On this album alone, he co-wrote 11.

The album features the Roman numeral 'X', recognising it as their tenth album release, although the album is in fact only their eighth collection of all-new studio material. The other two albums released by the band prior to the release of X, Retro Active and Vault, were a rerecording of B-sides and rarities and a greatest hits set respectively.

The album peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200, but did not sell to the standards of their previous releases and failed to earn any RIAA certifications. Nothing from this album had been performed live by the band since the conclusion of its supporting tour until the 'Rock of Ages' tour of 2012 during which the opening track " Now " was performed acoustically.

Genres: Pop Rock, Hard Rock

Personnel:

Joe Elliott – lead vocals

Rick "Sav" Savage – bass guitar, vocals

Rick Allen – drums

Vivian Campbell – guitar, vocals

Phil Collen – guitar, vocals

Additional personnel:

Stan Schiller – shredding tele licks on "Gravity"

Eric Carter – keyboards and drum loops on "Now", "You're So Beautiful" and "Everyday"

Production:

Producers: Def Leppard, Per Aldeheim, Andreas Carlsson, Pete Woodroffe

Engineers: Stefan Glaumann, Richard Chycki, Ronan McHugh, Liz Sroka, Pete Woodroffe

Mixing: Marti Frederiksen, Ronan McHugh, Pete Woodroffe

Mastering: Tom Coyne A&R: Simon Collins, Jeff Fenster

Production co-ordination: Leslie Langlo, Sue Tropio

Editing: Brian Paturalski

Vocal producer: Ronan McHugh

Drum technician: Jerry Johnson

String arrangements: David Campbell

Programming: Ronan McHugh, Pete Woodroffe

Photography: Clive Arrowsmith

The Top Ten

1 Torn to Shreds
2 Four Letter Word
3 Scar
4 10 x Bigger Than Love
5 Now
6 Gimme a Job
7 Long, Long Way to Go
8 Unbelievable
9 Cry
10 Let Me Be the One

The Contenders

11 Gravity
12 Kiss the Day
13 Everyday
14 Love Don't Lie
15 You're So Beautiful
16 Girl Like You
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