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Studio album by Def Leppard
Released 31 March 1992 (1992-03-31)
Recorded 1991–92
Studio Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum
Genre Glam metal
Length 45:22
Label Mercury/Bludgeon Riffola
Def Leppard chronology
Singles from Adrenalize
  1. "Let's Get Rocked"
    Released: March 1992
  2. "Make Love Like a Man"
    Released: June 1992
  3. "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad"
    Released: September 1992 (USA), November (UK/International)
  4. "Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion)"
    Released: December 1992 (US), July (1993) (Australia)
  5. "Heaven Is"
    Released: January 1993 (UK)
  6. "Tonight"
    Released: March 1993
  7. "I Wanna Touch U"
    Released: May 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]
Sputnik Music 3.5/5 stars

Adrenalize is the fifth studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 31 March 1992 through Mercury Records. The album was the first by the band following the death of guitarist Steve Clark in 1991. "We had recorded demos on multitrack," recalled fellow guitarist Phil Collen. "I was sitting there with him when he played the original parts. I could relay that. But it was like playing along to a ghost."[4]


Adrenalize debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200[5] and peaked at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart.[6]

In a four star review for Rolling Stone, J.D. Considine wrote "Adrenalize is so relentlessly catchy that it almost seems as if the band is about to abandon its heavy-metal roots for the greener fields of hard pop."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let's Get Rocked" Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Mutt Lange, Rick Savage 4:56
2. "Heaven Is" Steve Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage 3:33
3. "Make Love Like a Man" Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange 4:15
4. "Tonight" Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage 4:03
5. "White Lightning" Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage 7:03
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion)" Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange 4:32
7. "Personal Property" Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage 4:21
8. "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" Collen, Elliott, Lange 5:24
9. "I Wanna Touch U" Rick Allen, Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange 3:37
10. "Tear It Down" Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage 3:38
Total length: 45:22
Japanese bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Miss You in a Heartbeat" (Electric version) Collen 5:06
12. "She's Too Tough" Elliott 3:39

Deluxe edition (Bonus CD)[edit]

In the Clubs, In Your Face - Bonn, Germany 29/05/92
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hysteria" (live) Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage 7:17
2. "Photograph" (live) Clark, Elliott, Lange, Savage, Pete Willis 4:44
3. "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (live) Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage 5:09
4. "Let's Get Rocked" (live) Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage 5:46
Adrenalize B-sides
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (with Hothouse Flowers) Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 7:43
6. "Little Wing" (with Hothouse Flowers) Jimi Hendrix 3:40
7. "Tonight" (version 2 - demo version featuring Steve Clark) Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage 4:24
8. "Now I'm Here" (live - featuring Brian May) Brian May 6:03
9. "Two Steps Behind" (acoustic) Elliott 4:11
10. "Tonight" (acoustic - Sun Studios version) Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage 4:16
11. "Too Late for Love" (live) Clark, Elliott, Lange, Savage, Willis 6:02
12. "Women" (live) Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage 6:34


Additional personnel[edit]


  • Mike "Bat Ears" Shipley – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Def Leppard – producer
  • Pete Woodroffe – engineer, programming, sequencing
  • Robert John "Mutt" Lange – executive producer
  • Robert Scovill – assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Andie Airfix – art direction
  • Pamela Springsteen – photography

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1992-1993) Peak
Australia ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart 1
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 1
U.S. Billboard 200 1
UK Albums Chart 1


Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA 3× Platinum
Canada CRIA 4× Platinum
United Kingdom BPI Gold


  1. ^
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Def Leppard". Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ J.D. Considine (16 April 1992). "Adrenalize | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  4. ^ Barton, Geoff: "Steve was an artist…"; Classic Rock #219, February 2016, p184
  5. ^ "Allmusic (Def Leppard charts and awards) Billboard albums". 
  6. ^ "Def Leppard chart stats". Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Considine, J.D. (April 16, 1992). "Adrenalize". Rolling Stone. 


Preceded by
Wayne's World (soundtrack)
by Various Artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
18 April – 22 May 1992
Succeeded by
Totally Krossed Out by Kris Kross
Preceded by
Human Touch by Bruce Springsteen
UK number one album
11–17 April 1992
Succeeded by
Diva by Annie Lennox
Preceded by
Hepfidelity by Diesel
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
12–25 April 1992
Succeeded by
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
by Red Hot Chili Peppers