High 'n' Dry

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High 'n' Dry
Def Leppard - High 'n' Dry.jpg
Studio album by Def Leppard
Released 11 July 1981
Recorded March – June 1981;
Battery Studios, London[1]
Genre Heavy metal
Length 42:15
Label Vertigo (UK)
Mercury (USA)
Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Def Leppard chronology
On Through the Night
High 'n' Dry
Singles from High 'n' Dry
  1. "Let It Go"
    Released: July 1981
  2. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak"
    Released: 13 November 1981
  3. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak (remix)"
    Released: May 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Sputnik Music 3.5/5 stars[3]

High 'n' Dry is the second studio album by the English rock band Def Leppard, released on 11 July 1981. High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night), ranked #33 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.[4] High 'n' Dry was Pete Willis' last full-time album with Def Leppard. It charted at #38 on the Billboard 200 and #26 on the UK Albums Chart.[5]

1984 reissue[edit]

Following the success of Pyromania, High 'n' Dry was reissued on 31 May 1984 with two bonus tracks:

  • "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 #61 in the US charts.
  • "Me & My Wine" (Remix), 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 mid-1990s re-releases of the album.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let It Go"   Pete Willis, Steve Clark, Joe Elliott 4:43
2. "Another Hit and Run"   Rick Savage, Elliott 4:59
3. "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)"   Clark, Savage, Elliott 3:27
4. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak"   Clark, Willis, Elliott 4:34
5. "Switch 625" (Instrumental) Clark 3:03
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Got Me Runnin'"   Willis, Clark, Elliott 4:23
2. "Lady Strange"   Willis, Clark, Rick Allen, Elliott 4:39
3. "On Through the Night"   Clark, Savage, Elliott 5:06
4. "Mirror, Mirror (Look into My Eyes)"   Clark, Elliott 4:08
5. "No No No"   Savage, Willis, Elliott 3:13


  • 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 slowly fade out to silence.



Chart positions[edit]


Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 38[6]
1983 The Billboard 200 72[7]

Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Let It Go" Mainstream Rock 34[8]
1984 "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" The Billboard Hot 100 61[8]


  1. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20011221160908/http://www.defleppard.com/defleppard/biography/index.html
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. High 'n' Dry at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  3. ^ Davey Boy (3 January 2009). "Def Leppard – High 'n' Dry (staff review)". Sputnik Music. sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  4. ^ High 'n' Dry DefLeppard.com. Retrieved 17 November 2011
  5. ^ "Def Leppard chart stats". Archived from the original on 2012-05-27. 
  6. ^ "Artist Chart History - Def Leppard". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  7. ^ "Allmusic (Def Leppard charts and awards) Billboard albums". 
  8. ^ a b "Artist Chart History - Def Leppard (Singles)". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-02-19.