Love Bites (Def Leppard song)

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"Love Bites"
Single by Def Leppard
from the album Hysteria
B-side Billy's Got a Gun (Live)
Released 1988
Format 7"
Recorded 1984-1987
Genre Glam metal
Length 5:46
Label Mercury
DreamWorks (2000 re-release)
Writer(s) Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Steve Clark, Rick Savage, Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Def Leppard singles chronology
"Armageddon It"
"Love Bites"

"Love Bites" is a power ballad recorded by English rock band Def Leppard in 1987 on the album Hysteria. It is Def Leppard's only number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 to date.


The title "Love Bites" was originally used for a very different song that was eventually re-titled "I Wanna Be Your Hero", and which appeared as a Hysteria B-side and later on the album Retro Active.

Following the huge momentum generated by "Pour Some Sugar on Me", the song was released in August 1988 and quickly shot to the top of the U.S. charts, dethroning Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy". It stayed there for one week before giving up the position to UB40's "Red Red Wine". The song also hit number eleven in the UK (their second best showing from the album).

Track listing[edit]

7": Bludgeon Riffola / Vertigo / Polygram / 830 675-1 (USA)[edit]

  1. "Love Bites"
  2. "Billy's Got a Gun (Live)"

The live track was recorded at Tilburg, Netherlands in 1987[1]


Chart (1988-1989) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 21
Canadian RPM Top Singles[3] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 1

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Preceded by
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
8 October 1988
Succeeded by
"Red Red Wine" by UB40