Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard‘s series that showcases artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard‘s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week’s spin comes from Def Leppard. The British rock icons — comprised of frontman Joe Elliott, bassist Rick Savage, drummer Rick Allen and guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell — are set to earn a coveted place among the masters with their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The class of 2019 — honored at a ceremony held Friday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn — will also include new inductees The Cure, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies.
The triumph comes on the heels of the band’s music returning to digital retailers and streaming services last year, which led their classic albums like 1983’s Pyromania and 1987’s Hysteria to re-enter the Billboard 200, and hits like “Pour Some Sugar On Me” to find a new audience, netting more than 50 million streams to date on Spotify and a new peak at No. 11 on Billboard‘s Rock Digital Song Sales chart in the week ending Feb. 3, 2018, according to Nielsen Music.
Ahead of the career milestone, the band’s lead singer Joe Elliott crafted this week’s #TBT Mixtape as an ode to the tracks that first influenced his musical discovery and songwriting process. The alt-leaning set includes cuts by Sex Pistols, Sparks, T. Rex, Mick Ronson and more.
“Although I could have picked literally hundreds of songs that have inspired me over the years, this particular playlist of 20 are a big part of why I am who I am,” Elliott tells Billboard. “They kickstarted my ambition, fueled my musical growth, and I constantly revisit them for their inspiration and entertainment value. I really, really couldn’t live without them.”
Give the playlist a spin and also check out some glorious throwback snaps of the band below.