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def leppard - hysteria album usa #1

on this day - 23rd July 1988

On this day in Def Leppard history the 'Hysteria' album reached Number One on the US Billboard charts.
Having been released in August 1987 it took 49 weeks to reach the top spot on the Top 200 chart.

Def Leppard 1988.

I get hysterical hysteria


Def Leppard 1987.

This section looks at the 'Hysteria' album reaching Number One in the USA in July 1988. The first time the band had reached the top spot on the Billboard album or singles charts during the most successful period of their career.


it's about f**king time!

Def Leppard's classic Hysteria album reached Number One on the US Billboard Top 200 chart on this day in 1988.

The band's fourth studio album was released on 3rd August 1987 and took 49 weeks to reach the top spot.

It replaced Van Halen's 'OU812' at the top of the US charts.

It would go on to spend 6 weeks at number one (including a 3 week stint in September) and 133 weeks in total on the chart.

On 16th March 1999 the band received a Diamond Award for over 10 million sales of the album in the USA alone.

Hysteria 1987.

Billboard Advert

Hysteria Album - Weeks At Number One in USA

  • 23rd July 1988 - 1 - (Number One after 49 weeks on chart)
  • 30th July 1988 - 1
  • 6th August 1988 - 2
  • 13th August 1988 - 1
  • 20th August 1988 - 2
  • 27th August 1988 - 2
  • 3rd September 1988 - 1
  • 10th September 1988 - 1
  • 17th September 1988 - 1

The album had already gone to Number One in the UK on 29th August 1987 and spent a total of 101 weeks on the UK charts.

'Hysteria' remained in the Top 10 for almost all of 1988 - 48 weeks out of 52. In the four weeks it went outside the Top 10 it was at #11 for three weeks and #12 for one.

Due to the continued success of the singles 'Armageddon It' and 'Rocket' it also spent the first 11 weeks of 1989 in the Top 10.

In all a total of 77 weeks were spent in the Top 10 out of its total of 133 weeks on the chart. Over half of its chart run.


Def Leppard 1987.

The 'Hysteria' Singles (click to enlarge)

Phil Collen - 'Hysteria' Postcards from 'Work It Out' Single 1996

"Our most popular album to date."

"It was Mutt's idea to make a rock version of 'Thriller' - rock songs that were hit singles. We were fortunate enough to have seven strong singles from this record."

"Mutt Lange was very influential here. We seemed to be making a video every few weeks."

"We were in the top ten all over the world at one time or another."

Phil Collen - 27th July 2015 Interview Quote - Read More

"I do think Hysteria was a kind of a sparkling star on our career. You know, icing on the cake and all that. But I think this is the best thing we've done since then. It's called Def Leppard. It's really diverse."

Vivian Campbell - August 2014 Interview Quote - Read More

"I actually bought 'Hysteria' twice, I wore out the cassette I played it so often and then I bought one of those new fangled compact discs."




def leppard - pour some sugar on me single usa #2

on this day - 23rd July 1988

On this day in Def Leppard history the 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' reached Number Two on the US Billboard charts.
The band's highest charting single yet on the on the Hot 100 chart. It's success helped send the album to Number One.

Def Leppard 1988.

do you take sugar, one lump or two


Def Leppard 1987.

step inside walk this way

Def Leppard's classic single Pour Some Sugar On Me peaked Number Two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on this day in 1988.

The fourth North American single from the 'Hysteria' album was released on 6th May 1988.

At least this was the date printed in one of the single sleeves.

It entered the Hot 100 chart on 16th April at Number 93 and after 14 weeks would peak at Number Two on 23rd July 1988.

This followed the band's first ever US Top Ten single with 'Hysteria' in March 1988.

The song entered the Top Ten on 25th June at Number 10 and would spent seven weeks there out of it's total 24 weeks on the chart.

A chart run that lasted from mid April 1988 to early October.

24 weeks still remains the band's longest run on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 'Love Bites' in second place at 23 weeks.

Later described by the band as the song that helped to sell an extra four million copies of the album during it's chart run and making the band one of the most popular in the world during the summer of 1988 alongside Guns N' Roses.

'Love Bites' would go on to do even better by reaching Number One in early October 1988 as the tour was ending.


Def Leppard 1987.


Pour Some Sugar On Me 1987.

Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart - 23rd July 1988

  • 01 - Richard Marx - Hold On To The Nights
  • 02 - Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me (Peak Position)
  • 03 - INXS - New Sensation
  • 04 - Steve Winwood - Roll With It
  • 05 - Cheap Trick - The Flame

Richard Marx was at Number One on this day with his 'Hold On To The Nights' single.

Other rock acts on the chart in the same week included Cheap Trick, Poison, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses and Van Halen.

The 'Hysteria' album reached Number One on the Top 200 chart on the same day.

Pour Some Sugar On Me 1988. Def Leppard 1988

Pour Some Sugar On Me - Rick Savage Interview Quotes

"The Hysteria album was nearly finished. We'd spent almost four years recording it, and were sick of it - we just wanted to get on stage and rock. But then Joe comes up with a rhythm and an image of a song. Mutt knew he had something, and that it could be the biggest song of the Eighties if we did it right. We wanted the song to be a variation of "Rock of Ages." We incorporated some of the rap stuff that was new and popular at the time, but took it a step further and kept it rock and roll."

2004 Best Of Liner Notes - Joe Elliott Quote

"It was the best accident ever to happen to me. I’d had the chorus in my head for a while. Towards the end of the ‘Hysteria’ sessions. I began playing around with it on an acoustic guitar in the control room. When Mutt Lange heard what I was doing. His eyes burned a hole in the back of my head. We stopped the song we were working on and put ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ together instead. And it more than paid off. Shifting four and a half million albums for us in about three months."

2004 Best Of Liner Notes - Phil Collen Quote

"It was the fourth single to be released from ‘Hysteria’. And at that point we hadn’t even recouped the recording costs. Kinda pathetic. If you think about it. But it had an international feel and we believed that it’d be a hit. Even so, the way it surged up the charts was shocking. It actually took off at first as a consequence of being requested in the strip clubs, believe it or not."


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