Ratt is an American glam metal band that enjoyed significant commercial success during the 1980s. The band is most notable for their 1984 smash hit single, "Round and Round". They have developed a sizable cult following in recent years and have acquired respect from within the music industry by being credited for helping widen the popularity of the 1980's Southern California music scene.
The band has sold an estimated 10 million records in the U.S. while worldwide album sales are approximated at over 18 million. A further sign of their success (and recent acceptance as legends within their field) was when VH1 recognized them as #79 on their 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
Ratt's music was influenced by 1970s hard rock and glam rock bands such as Aerosmith, Sweet, Led Zeppelin and KISS. They fused this with heavy metal influences from the likes of Van Halen and Judas Priest.
Though they later incoporated more of a blues sound into their music, the band was one of the first glam metal style groups that appeared in the early 1980s in California.
Their image bore similarities to that of Aerosmith and the New York Dolls.
RATT is also an acronym for radio teletype.