Hysteria Songs Ranked

Hysteria is the fourth studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 3 August 1987 through Mercury Records. It is Def Leppard’s best-selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide, including 12 million in the US, and spawning seven hit singles. The album charted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart. The album is the follow-up to the band’s 1983 breakthrough Pyromania. Hysteria’s creation took over three years and was plagued by delays, including the aftermath of drummer Rick Allen’s accident that cost him his left arm on 31 December 1984. Subsequent to the album’s release, Def Leppard published a book entitled Animal Instinct: The Def Leppard Story, written by Rolling Stone magazine senior editor David Fricke, on the three-year recording process of Hysteria and the tough times the band endured through the mid-1980s. Here are all of Hysteria’s songs ranked.

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12. Excitable

“If you’ve never heard this album before, please listen to it. Def Leppard is one of a limited number of bands to crawl out of the late 80’s who had a distinctive and easily recognizable sound. Def Leppard was one of the loudest and heaviest of the hair bands AND they managed to crank out some wonderful ballads that have managed to stand the test of time as well.”

11. Don’t Shoot Shotgun

“Don’t shoot shotguns is a very good def leppard songs, it rocks it is a solid rock song and great vocals. It is better song than all of the songs in adrenalized except heaven is and let’ s get rocked.”

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10. Run Riot

“The blinding “Run Riot” gives those thundering “elephantine” drums a dose of crack, and the result is a happy thrill ride of a pop song.”

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9. Love and Affection

“This album is by far the greatest thing that Def Leppard ever achieved. They managed to fusion sappy pop ballads with hard rock and all its spandex glory. The media attention surrounding their 1983 release Pyromania really helped to propel them into the limelight.”

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8. Women

“Women is a more musically spectacular song than animal, whatever other people and critics say there is no question it is a much better song than love bites, animal and “pour some”,only rocket is nearly as good as women.. Joe elliott vocal performance is better also in women”

7. Rocket

“Rocket has such a terrific bass line, the chorus is so phenomenal by Joe elliott, it is definitely the best song on the album with Gods of War, run riot,women and don’t shoot shot guns.”

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6. Armageddon It

“Armageddon It” is yet another crisp, thundering rocker, which sounded sweet coming from car radios back then…and still does now. The lyric wordplay confirms the idea that these guys have a lot of fun with themselves.”

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5. Gods of War

“This is Def Leppard at their commercial peak, at their most ambitious, and at their most confident. While they don’t sound as hungry as they did on their previous releases, the pristine production sound and strong songwriting are ever-present. “

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4. Animal

“”Animal” is where the “Hysteria” sound clarifies and crystallizes. It’s a catchy pop-metal anthem, in an era where metal was dark or hidden behind epic explosions of hair and spandex, and pop was often mall-bound and limp. The soaring vocals of Joe Elliott at the end of the song NEVER gets old.”

3. Hysteria

“To me this song is the quintessential definitely Leppard song… Vocally and musically it stands out… Maybe not beyond their whole catalog… But certainly a great representative of the band they are… Awesome live song!”

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2. Pour Some Sugar On Me

“Pour Some Sugar On Me” is a perfect amalgam of power-pop hooks, crunching guitar chords, elephants-on-steroids drums, peerless sonic production…and a chorus a three-year-old can sing. A song both critics and fans love to love. One listen, and it’s back to 1987.”

1. Love Bites

“Love Bites” is a rare hard-rock ballad that works, so much so it reached Number One. In fact, rock bands were never considered “singles” band (for really no good reason), but Def Leppard gleefully slung tunes, one after another, into American Top 40 radio (and MTV) until they themselves were competing with people like Michael Jackson.”