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1000 No. 1s: Watch Def Leppard Chat About Topping The Hot 100

1000 No. 1s: Watch Def Leppard Chat About Topping The Hot 100

1000 No. 1s Video Series Day 5:
Def Leppard Talks About Topping the Hot 100

2011 was the year that Billboard celebrated the 1000th No. 1 song on the Hot 100. As we look back on this year in music, we're 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. SEE THE FULL CHART HERE.

On day five of our 1,000 Hot No. 1s video series, we move from yesterday's 80s pop/R&B Janet Jackson jam into looking back today at one of that decade's biggest metal power ballads as we chat with Def Leppard about its No. 1 -- 1988's "Love Bites." "It's strange because we'd been to No. 1 with the album ["Hysteria"]," 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."

By the time "Love" bit into the top slot on the Hot 100 on Oct. 8, 1988, Def Leppard felt ready to rule the chart -- after all, they'd almost done it with that summer's juggernaut "Pour Some Sugar On Me." But Elliott says they hadn't thought "Bites" would make it. "I remember it nearly not getting to No. 1," he explains. "I remember being told we probably wouldn't get [there] because "Red Red Wine" by UB40 was going to pip us."

Be sure to come back tomorrow (Dec. 6) for the next 1000 No. 1s video: James Blunt Talks about "You're Beautiful."

Watch Yesterday's 1000 No. 1s Video:
Producer Jimmy Jam talks about Janet Jackson's "When I Think Of You."