High 'n' Dry

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High 'n' Dry
Def Leppard - High 'n' Dry.jpg
Cover art by Hipgnosis
Studio album by
Released11 July 1981
RecordedMarch – June 1981[1]
ProducerRobert John "Mutt" Lange
Def Leppard chronology
On Through the Night
High 'n' Dry
Singles from High 'n' Dry
  1. "Let It Go"
    Released: 14 August 1981 (UK) [2]
  2. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak"
    Released: 13 November 1981 (US)
  3. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak (Remix)"
    Released: May 1984 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal9/10[4]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[5]

High 'n' Dry is the second studio album by the English rock band Def Leppard, released on July 1981. High 'n' Dry was Pete Willis' last full-time album with Def Leppard. It charted at No. 38 on the Billboard 200[6] and No. 26 on the UK Albums Chart.[7] "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)", ranked No. 33 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.[8] Following the success of Pyromania, the album re-entered in the US chart and reached No. 72 in 1983.[6]


The album's music has been described as glam metal,[9][10][11] heavy metal,[12] and hard rock.[13]


High 'n' Dry was reissued on 31 May 1984 with two bonus tracks:

  1. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (remix), essentially the same recording with a few synthesiser overdubs. The remix was released in 1984 as a single, peaking at No. 61 in the US charts.[14]
  2. "Me & My Wine", a remixed version of a 1981 B-side.

Videos for both were made, featuring Phil Collen (who was not in the band at the time of the album's recording). Both bonus tracks were omitted from the US mid-1990s re-releases of the album, although other countries' releases did include them, but returned when Def Leppard and Mercury came to terms in 2018 and the album was put on digital streaming and downloading platforms.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Let It Go"
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd - Clark
  • ride out licks - Willis
2."Another Hit and Run"
  • 1st - Clark
  • 2nd - Willis
3."High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)"
  • Clark
  • Savage
  • Elliott
4."Bringin' On the Heartbreak"
  • Clark
  • Willis
  • Elliott
5."Switch 625" (instrumental)ClarkClark3:03
Side two
6."You Got Me Runnin'"
  • Willis
  • Clark
  • Elliott
7."Lady Strange"
8."On Through the Night"
  • Clark
  • Savage
  • Elliott
9."Mirror, Mirror (Look into My Eyes)"
  • Clark
  • Elliott
10."No No No"
  • Savage
  • Willis
  • Elliott
1984 & 2018 reissue bonus tracks
11."Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (remix)
  • Clark
  • Willis
  • Elliott
12."Me & My Wine" (remix)
  • Savage
  • Clark
  • Elliott
  • On vinyl and cassette releases, "Me & My Wine" (Remix) is added to the end of side one, while "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix) leads off side two. On CD releases, "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix) and "Me & My Wine" (Remix) follow "No No No".
  • The last lyric, 'no', in "No No No" repeats infinitely on the original vinyl album release. The original cassette features "no" being screamed 46 times and then ending abruptly when the cassette finished. On later releases the "no"s simply fade out.


Def Leppard[edit]




Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1992 2x Platinum (+ 2,000,000)[16]
Canada CRIA 1988 Platinum (+ 100,000)[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Def Leppard Biography". Def Leppard Official Website. Archived from the original on 9 April 2001. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Def Leppard singles".
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. High 'n' Dry at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 92. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  5. ^ Davey Boy (3 January 2009). "Def Leppard – High 'n' Dry (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "Hig 'N' Dry Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Def Leppard Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  8. ^ High 'n' Dry DefLeppard.com. Retrieved 17 November 2011
  9. ^ Westhoff, Ben (6 December 2011). "Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums". LA Weekly. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Top 50 Glam Metal Albums". Metal Rules. Archived from the original on 26 November 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  11. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 1981". Spin. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  12. ^ V. Bogdanov, C. Woodstra and S. T. Erlewine, All Music Guide to Rock: the Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul (Milwaukee, WI: Backbeat Books, 3rd edn., 2002), ISBN 0-87930-653-X, pp. 293–4.
  13. ^ Kielty, Martin (13 January 2019). "The Best Song From Every Def Leppard Album". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  14. ^ a b c "Hig 'N' Dry Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Def Leppard – High 'n' Dry (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  16. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for "Def Leppard"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Def Leppard". Music Canada. Retrieved 10 July 2015.