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15 Best Def Leppard Songs

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Formed in Sheffield in 1976, Def Leppard would rise from humble beginnings to become one of the biggest rock bands the world has ever seen. With countless hits covering decades, they were an integral part of the new wave of heavy metal music that came out of the UK in the early 80s.

But their success wasn’t restricted to just the UK. This band made it big on both sides of the pond, and with over 100 million records sold worldwide, they were a huge draw. So, trying to narrow down a list of their hits wasn’t easy, but here we have just 15 of the best Def Leppard songs for you to add to your playlist.

1. Make Love Like a Man

Def Leppard - Make Love Like A Man

We had to include this song simply because it caused people to stop dead in their tracks. Taken from their Adrenalize album in 1992, this track certainly has one thing: humor. But some believe the band took it a bit too far, and even the band felt people could be offended by the lyrics but went ahead with it anyway.

To say this track is sexual would be an understatement, but let’s not forget about the actual music itself. Even though they dive into a bit of a sexist subject, they still incorporate the usual riffs that make them Def Leppard, and yet the band states some of the vocals you hear at the end are more like Motown than heavy metal. This music is just different from what you expect but look at it for what it is rather than what it’s saying to get a real appreciation of the track.

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2. Photograph

Def Leppard - Photograph

As a power pop song, this is one of the best that Def Leppard has ever produced. It simply comes across as exceptionally melodic, and there’s a beautiful feel around the song from even just the first few seconds.

But this is still a full-on Def Leppard song, which means it comes with some huge guitar riffs, hooks that soar to new heights, and harmonies that feel as anthemic as anything else has ever produced. Oh, and a quick word about the guitar solo. It’s ace and adds so much to the song overall, so watch out for that as well.

3. Animal 

Def Leppard - Animal

Released in 1987, this track has a catchy feel about it, but then that’s no surprise as it’s something Def Leppard managed to excel at their height. Taken from their Hysteria album, the track incorporates some distorted tones that add to the song’s overall feel while also creating something of a roughness to everything.

But we do love this track because of the effects they have brought into it. The heavy use of reverb further adds to those distorted tones mentioned earlier, giving the track a sense of depth that would have otherwise been missing. Add in some delay to take things to a whole new level making this an enjoyable song to listen to.

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4. Hysteria 

Def Leppard - Hysteria (Long Version)

But one thing you should know is that this track is more about finding spiritual enlightenment rather than what you may have expected. Instead, when you listen to the song, you get this sense of hysteria building, but even the band state that it’s not about that solitary emotion.

But one thing you should know is that this track is more about finding spiritual enlightenment rather than what you may have expected. Instead, when you listen to the song, you get this sense of hysteria building, but even the band state that it’s not about that solitary emotion.

The one thing you cannot dispute is that this track builds the energy throughout just as a bout of hysteria would do to you, showing absolute control over their art and what they are about.

5. Gods of War 

Gods Of War (Remastered 2017)

If we had to use one word to describe this song, then it would be “layered” because there really is no other way of talking about it. This track has layers of riffs, guitar playing in general, and also layers of vocals. It ultimately means there’s a whole lot to listen to here as it comes across as a track that’s exceptionally busy.

The sound it creates is huge, and there’s immense power behind it. Also, it’s sort of a protest song by the band, which comes as a surprise, but it’s as if they are touching on the edge of protesting about things in society rather than going full Bob Dylan on us. Ultimately, it’s still their glam rock approach, even if you don’t fully agree with the message they are putting across in the track.

6. Mirror Mirror (Look into my eyes)

Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)

This song can be a bit tough to put into a box as to what it represents. That’s because it’s not exactly a ballad, but then it’s not exactly a full-on blow-your-socks-off rock song either.

Instead, what you get here is a song designed to force you to look deep into yourself, so they want to push this across as more of a thoughtful song compared to what they would usually produce. Yet don’t think that Def Leppard has gone soft as it still starts with some impressive riffs that grab your attention, while Joe Elliot delivers a perfect amount of feeling and emotion in the track rather than simply blasting out the lyrics.

7. Pour Some Sugar on Me 

DEF LEPPARD - "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (Official Music Video)

If there’s a Def Leppard song designed to get you to groove along to the beat and rhythm, then this song will do just that. The beat is awesome, and some really funky bass is thrown in to add a whole other level. But that’s not all. This song will catch hold of you and then make it difficult for you to get it out of your head. The hook is insane, and it’s just an incredible level of pop-rock that managed to elevate this band to a whole new level.

8. White Lightning 

White Lightning

This track was a tough one for the band as it focused on telling the story surrounding the drug addiction of Steve Clark and, ultimately, his death. But even though it’s clearly a sad topic, it still manages to come across as quite a good song to listen to.

While it’s not exactly a ballad, it’s undoubtedly not full-on rock as you would have expected from them. Sure there’s an explosion of rock guitar at the outset, but they are careful to keep in check with the subject matter. Ultimately, it’s their way of paying tribute to a band member, and it certainly adds a different feel to the track once you know the reason behind its existence.

9. Armageddon It

Def Leppard - Armageddon It (Long Version)

Taken from their Hysteria album, this track allows the band to really showcase their power rock attributes. Incorporating some classic riffs into the song, you will quickly identify it as a Def Leppard track from the first few seconds, but that’s hardly a bad thing. Joe Elliot delivers some amazing vocals, as always, and you feel drawn into the track as it takes you on a musical journey. 

Many fans see this track as being one of their classic gems, and it’s difficult to disagree with that sentiment. Indeed, if you are new to the band, then this is a track we need to suggest that you listen to simply because it shows a band at the height of its fame and its ability to produce some stunning music that is never outdated, even decades later.

10. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak 

Def Leppard - Bringin' On The Heartbreak (Version 1)

We had to include this track in our list because it shows a different side to Def Leppard, as this track includes more emotion than you tend to get from their other songs. Also, this song does not come across as having the same intensity as you expect from them, but we feel it’s cool to just experience something different.

Basically, this track is a bit more laid back than you often get from them, but listen closely to the layers in the song, as it’s obvious that it’s still Def Leppard.

11. Four Letter Word 

Four Letter Word

This track managed to slip under the radar, and that’s a shame. It’s actually a stunning track and represents real authentic Def Leppard. It still brings huge riffs to the table, but if something about the riff sounds familiar, that’s probably because they have used aspects from the riffs in the song Armageddon It. Yet, that’s not always a bad thing when the riffs still manage to add something to the song and contribute to the overall energy.

Taken from their album X, the song is perhaps the best on offer from the album. It has enough rock to keep you interested, and the memorable hooks will keep on bringing you back over and over again.

12. Man Enough 

DEF LEPPARD "Man Enough" (official video)

Taken from their self-titled album released in 2015, this track shows the band still has what it takes to produce a pop/rock anthem. They still manage to incorporate their huge anthemic riffs just as if it was back in the 80s. The pace is also still fast, but perhaps slowed down a bit from those early days, but it still offers enough of a sense of rock music to keep you feeling entertained throughout.

For us, it’s the perfect song to showcase how a band can still keep on producing music decades after hitting the scene

13. Fire it Up

Def Leppard - Fire It Up

This song is from 2022, and the amazing thing about it is that it does have a stadium rock feel even from the first few seconds. The drums are super clean, and the guitar sounds manage to crunch their way through the track resulting in a track that has almost a new anthemic feel about it.

It’s frantic yet harmonious simultaneously, with different layers of instruments woven together intricately. With a sort of punk feel to it at times, the energy in the song is outstanding, and you forget that the track is some 40 years after their debut.

14. Love Bites

Def Leppard - Love Bites

If you are looking for a Def Leppard song with some emotion and feeling, this track is one to check out. Sure it may not fully fall into the ballad section, but it’s about as close as they have ever come throughout their career.

The overall tempo of this song is slow, but they then throw in slightly punchier sections to raise the tempo and energy before dropping back down. That alone fits in perfectly with the overall sense of this track, telling you a story all about love and the difficulties that can surround it. This is something the band does with absolute perfection.

15. This Guitar 

Def Leppard - This Guitar (Lyric Video) ft. Alison Krauss

This is yet another song from 2022, but it’s just so good that we had to include it in our list. To say this track is infectious would not even do it justice. With a melodic core, it comes in with some heavy guitars, just like classic Def Leppard. Honestly, the track is aptly named, as it’s clear they have decided to let loose with the guitars and see how far they can push those riffs throughout. That fact alone makes this a brilliant song to listen to, and this band clearly still knows how to rock.

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