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.”

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  • Dana on

    As I have posted many times before, for me, Pyromania beats out High N’ Dry by mere inches. In my opinion, both are phenomenal records.

    D 🙂

    • DR Is Live on

      Sorry Lep fans, but anyone who doesn’t have Pyromania and High N Dry in their top 2, I just have to question a lot of your life choices.

      An On Through The Night should be your #3.

    • Dana on

      🙂 🙂 Those albums are still great today, a true testament to the band.

  • Doug R. on

    My top 5 DL albums:

    5) Adrenalize
    4) On Through The Night
    3) Hysteria
    2) Pyromania
    1) High ‘n’ Dry – by a gray hair over Pyromania! 😉

  • TCcutwire on

    1) Hysteria
    2) Pyromania
    3) Retroactive
    4) Slang
    5) Adrenalize
    6) Euphoria
    7) X
    8) High n Dry
    9) On Through the Night
    10) Songs From
    11) Def Leppard
    12) Yeah

    I like em all….and can listen to any album start to finish on any given day but the Top 5 are from my high school / college times. I’m sure my order and where “X” falls in regard to where “High and Dry” fall will get me some sh*t….but I quite like X. I hated Slang at first listen…..took me a while.

  • James K. on

    High ‘n’ Dry is the best album Def Leppard has ever made, in my opinion. That’s the DL album that really grabbed me when I was just a kid and it’s never let go of me to this day. Pyromania is a great album to and I also love their debut, On Through The Night. But High ‘n’ Dry is,THE Def Leppard album for me. Always has been, always will be.

  • Doug on

    1. High n’ Dry
    2. Pyromania
    3. Hysteria
    4. Def Leppard – 2015
    5. Slang (I don’t particularly like the song “Slang,” but the rest of the album is so underrated)
    6. Adrenalize
    7. Euphoria
    8. X
    9. On Through the Night
    10. Retroactive

    Sparkle Lounge and Yeah, respectfully, these albums just don’t do much for me.

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