, but they weren't getting the airplay representative to the size of followers they had.
But see, they were, just not on top 40 radio. They got plenty of airplay on AOR stations.
Well that's what I mean by popularity. Top 40 and MTV. When I read that article I thought that was what the author was getting at.
The time frame you are talking about, hair metal was dominant. In the early 80's there was plenty of rock on the charts. Maybe no better than hair metal in some respects, but stuff like Styx, REO, Journey, Foreigner (Today's Classic Rock radio festival acts). As well Tom Petty, Billy Squire, I'm counting all of that as rock. And older bands like Led Zepplin, plus bands I mentioned, VH, AC/DC and Rush that didn't have hit singles, but still got lots of AOR airplay, had monster albums and tours. Sure by the late 80;s hair metal had taken over top 40, but I'd argue once a genre like that hits top 40, it's already dead.
And stop dissing Def Leppard. Don't even try and front like you weren't rocking out to Pyromania and Hysteria with your mullett.
I loved Hi and Dry and Pyromania. DL got a lot of play on MTV. But with Hysteria, they lost me like Rick Allen's left arm.