Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection

Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection is the North American version of the second compilation album by the British rock band Def Leppard. The two-disc anthology featuring 35 hit songs by the band and was released in North America on 17 May 2005. The album charted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.[3]

Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection
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Greatest hits album by
Released17 May 2005
Recorded1979–2005
GenreGlam metal
Length2:34:52
LabelBludgeon Riffola/Mercury/Island
Def Leppard chronology
Best of Def Leppard
(2004)
Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection
(2005)
Yeah!
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[2]

ReleaseEdit

Its worldwide release equivalent, Best of Def Leppard, has a slightly different track listing, different artwork, different "previously unreleased" song and was released on 25 October 2004.

This is the only Def Leppard hits compilation (as of now) that features the full-length version of "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" that fades into the instrumental "Switch 625" .

Originally released only in North America, Rock of Ages was released in Europe on 28 January 2008.

Track listingEdit

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)OriginLength
1."Pour Some Sugar on Me" (Historia video version)Hysteria, 19874:52
2."Photograph"
Pyromania, 19834:08
3."Love Bites"
  • Clark
  • Collen
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
Hysteria5:47
4."Let's Get Rocked"
  • Collen
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
Adrenalize, 19924:56
5."Two Steps Behind" (Acoustic version)ElliottRetro Active and Last Action Hero, 19934:19
6."Animal"
  • Clark
  • Collen
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
Hysteria4:03
7."Heaven Is"
  • Clark
  • Collen
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
Adrenalize3:34
8."Foolin'"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
  • Lange
Pyromania4:34
9."Rocket" (Visualize video version)
  • Clark
  • Collen
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
Hysteria4:07
10."When Love & Hate Collide"
  • Elliott
  • Savage
Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995), 19954:17
11."Armageddon It"
  • Clark
  • Collen
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
Hysteria5:22
12."Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad"
  • Collen
  • Elliott
  • Lange
Adrenalize5:19
13."Rock of Ages"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
  • Lange
Pyromania4:08
14."Hysteria"
  • Clark
  • Collen
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
Hysteria5:56
15."Miss You in a Heartbeat"CollenRetro Active4:04
16."Bringin' On the Heartbreak"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
  • Willis
High 'n' Dry, 19814:33
17."Switch 625" (Instrumental)ClarkHigh 'n' Dry3:23
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)OriginLength
1."Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
Pyromania3:55
2."Let It Go"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
  • Willis
High 'n' Dry4:44
3."High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
  • Savage
High 'n' Dry3:44
4."Too Late for Love"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
  • Willis
Pyromania4:29
5."No Matter What"Pete HamNew song; later released on Yeah!, 20062:53
6."Promises"
  • Collen
  • Lange
Euphoria, 19993:59
7."Mirror, Mirror (Look into My Eyes)"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
High 'n' Dry4:07
8."Women"
  • Clark
  • Collen
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
Hysteria5:42
9."Another Hit and Run"
  • Elliott
  • Savage
High 'n' Dry4:59
10."Slang"
  • Collen
  • Elliott
Slang, 19962:39
11."Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion)"
  • Clark
  • Collen
  • Elliott
  • Lange
Adrenalize4:33
12."Rock Brigade"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
  • Savage
On Through the Night, 19803:11
13."Now"X, 20023:58
14."Paper Sun"
  • Campbell
  • Collen
  • Savage
  • Pete Woodroffe
Euphoria5:27
15."Work It Out"CampbellSlang4:49
16."Die Hard the Hunter"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
Pyromania6:17
17."Wasted"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
On Through the Night3:44
18."Billy's Got a Gun" (Edited version)
  • Clark
  • Elliott
  • Lange
  • Savage
  • Willis
Pyromania5:00

The edited version of "Billy's Got a Gun" removes the 56-second coda at the end.

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[10] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ "Allmusic (Def Leppard charts and awards) Billboard albums".
  4. ^ "Def Leppard Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Charts.nz – Def Leppard – Rock Of Ages: Definitive Collection". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Def Leppard Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Def Leppard Chart History (Top Album Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2005". Billboard. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Def Leppard – Rock of Ages". Music Canada. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  10. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Def Leppard". Recorded Music NZ.
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Def Leppard – Rock of Ages". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 24 April 2019.