Classic Rock Magazine asked the members of Def Leppard, “[What] is your favourite Leppard album?”

Joe Elliott:

“Wow! Who is your favourite child? Tough one! I have a massive love for Yeah!, our covers album, because those songs are my childhood on one disc, and I think on Def Leppard we proved – if to no one but ourselves – that we can still write great songs and have a good time creating new music. But logic dictates Hysteria is obviously the most important album we ever made. It captured a moment in time that seems to be lasting forever… long may it last.”

Phil Collen:

Hysteria. We actually changed the way that music sounded on the radio. Mutt bridged that gap between pop and rock. Pyromania was a bit like that, but with Hysteria it had a further-reaching effect. And Mutt really deserves the credit. He would push us: “This is average. But we’ve got to be great.”

There was something so pioneering about it. Y’know, like the Stones were a blues band, then all of a sudden the band that was doing Little Red Rooster was writing You Can’t Always Get What You Want. They went through a whole different thing. I think that’s what happened with us. And it kinda changed the way a lot of people approached rock music.”

Rick Allen:

“It changes. But what was one of our seemingly least popular albums has became one of my favourites – Slang [1996]. We were reeling from the fallout of the whole Seattle scene, and that album was a great opportunity to get back to basics. It wasn’t as polished, and maybe that was more the sound that would have happened to the band had we not met up with Mutt Lange.”

Rick Savage:

“I loved Pyromania and how it set the band up, but I’d have to choose Hysteria. Just the quality and depth of the songs. Whenever you hear any of those tracks on the radio, even all this time later, it doesn’t sound dated for a 1987 album.”

Vivian Campbell:

“[From my time in the band] I think Songs From The Sparkle Lounge [2008] felt the most comfortable, because it was so easy to make. We didn’t intellectualise it. Frequently there’s a concept that comes before the music – y’know, a discussion about what kind of album we want to make. But with Sparkle Lounge we didn’t sweat it. My theory is that it came on the heels of the Yeah! covers album [2006], where it was like painting by numbers. And I kinda feel like there was a bit of that same ethic and thought process about it.”

source: Classic Rock via

12 Responses

  1. 1. Pyromania
    2. Hysteria
    3. High N Dry
    4. Adrenalized
    5. Slang

    Pyromania was one of my first cassettes, and I wore it out at 11 years old. I was in HSchool when Hysteria came out and a big part of my teenage soundtrack.

  2. Interesting to know the favorites of the band members, but more interesting to know why they are their favorites and what the favorite album means /represents to each member.

    From a personal music preference standpoint, the top 2 for me are:

    1. High N Dry
    2. On Through the Night

    These two are, by far and away, my favorite albums. I know a lot of fans hold Pyromania in high regard, even ahead of High N Dry, but I just don’t get it. I just don’t think it has the hard edged music of High N Dry or On Through the Night. But that’s one of the great things about music…..we all have options/opinions of the bands we individually prefer, type of music we prefer, albums we prefer, etc…..

  3. On Through The Night for me and it’s not even close. I saw ’em open for Pat Travers on that 1st tour and played the shit outta that one and it’s really the only one I still grab when I want to hear some classic Def Leppard NWOBHM. I was disappointed with High n’ Dry when it came out but it does have it’s moments, Pyromania has even less of those moments. Everything later just bores me.

  4. My favorites are;

    1. High N Dry
    2. Pyromania
    3. On Through the Night
    4. Adrenalize
    5. Hysteria

    After Andrenalize, I stopped buying Def Leppard records. Hysteria, while I completely understand was a HUGE hit for the band, definitely disappointed me as a fan. I bought Adrenalize hoping they would return to a more hard-edged sound. I thought a few of the songs were a little harder-edged (“Make Love Like a Man”, and “Tear It Down”), but overall it was just another Hysteria. I stopped being a Def Leppard fan after that.

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