Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995)

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Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits
Vault 1995.jpg
Greatest hits album by Def Leppard
Released 23 October 1995 (1995-10-23)[1]
Recorded 1980–95
Genre Glam metal
Length 73:13
Label Mercury
Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Mike Shipley, Def Leppard, Pete Woodroffe
Def Leppard compilation chronology
Retro Active
(1993)Retro Active1993
Vault: Def Leppard's Greatest Hits (1980–1995)
Best of Def Leppard
(2004)Best of Def Leppard2004
Singles from Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995)
  1. "When Love & Hate Collide"
    Released: 2 October 1995[1]

Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995) is the first greatest hits album and the second compilation album by English hard rock band Def Leppard. The album was originally released in the band's home country on 23 October 1995 by Mercury Records.[1] It was released in North America a few days later by the same label. Vault went on to be certified gold in four countries, platinum in three and multi-platinum in two. In the US, the album is currently certified 4× platinum by the RIAA, and in June 2011 it topped the five million mark in sales there.[2] It won Metal Edge magazine's 1995 Readers' Choice Award for "Best Hits or Compilation Album."[3]

The album featured one newly recorded song, "When Love & Hate Collide", which was released as a single on 2 October 1995.[1]

The collection's track listing varied by region, although none of the releases had any songs from the band's 1980 debut album, On Through the Night on the track listings.


One new track was recorded for this collection, "When Love & Hate Collide", previously a leftover from the Adrenalize recording sessions. The ballad became the band's highest-charting single in the UK, hitting No. 2 in the fall of 1995.

The songs are the original LP versions, with the following exceptions:

  • "Pour Some Sugar on Me" is the video edit version. This version actually features an extended, distorted intro, making it longer than the Hysteria version, which has the shorter "Step inside, walk this way" intro.
  • "Rocket" is the single edit, which runs shorter than its LP counterpart.
  • "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" fades out slightly earlier than the LP version, where it segues into "Switch 625".

Artwork, design, and packaging[edit]

The art direction and design for Vault was handled by Exquisite Corpse with photography by Cythia Levine and Ross Halfin. Most covers of the album have a picture of an actual vault,[4] while a limited edition two disc collection has a picture of a green eye with a vault inside the eye.[5] The CD liner notes featured a three-page summary of the band's history by Peter Mensch, who appeared in two of the group's music videos.[4] Although not featured on the North American release, other liner notes feature a note signed by the band members talking about the group's upcoming album, Slang.[6]

Track variations in different regions[edit]

Although the releases of Vault had most of the same songs, there were some differences between the releases.

Exclusive to the North American release of Vault:

  • "Miss You in a Heartbeat"

Exclusive to the European release of Vault:

  • "Action"
  • "Make Love Like A Man"
  • "Heaven Is"

Exclusive to the Japanese release of Vault:

  • "Rock! Rock! Till You Drop"
  • "Can't Keep Away From The Flame" (new track)

"Foolin'" does not appear on the European release, but does appear on the North American release and the Japanese release.

The Japanese release features the only official release of the song "Can't Keep Away From the Flame," a song which has never been released in other regions. It was later released as a B-side on some of the "Slang" singles.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (dud)[7]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing for all versions.

Albums listed below.

Note: Standard album track listing

North American version
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Pour Some Sugar on Me" Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Rick Savage Hysteria, 1987 4:52
2. "Photograph" Clark, Elliott, Lange, Savage, Pete Willis Pyromania, 1983 4:08
3. "Love Bites" Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage Hysteria 5:47
4. "Let's Get Rocked" Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage Adrenalize, 1992 4:56
5. "Two Steps Behind" (Acoustic version) Elliott Retro Active and Last Action Hero soundtrack, 1993 4:19
6. "Animal" Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage Hysteria 4:05
7. "Foolin'" Clark, Elliott, Lange Pyromania 4:34
8. "Rocket" Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage Hysteria 4:07
9. "When Love & Hate Collide" Elliott, Savage Previously unreleased, 1995 4:18
10. "Armageddon It" Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage Hysteria 5:22
11. "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" Collen, Elliott, Lange Adrenalize 5:19
12. "Rock of Ages" Clark, Elliott, Lange Pyromania 4:02
13. "Hysteria" Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage Hysteria 5:56
14. "Miss You in a Heartbeat" (Acoustic version) Collen Retro Active 4:05
15. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" Clark, Elliott, Willis High 'n' Dry, 1981 4:32


The following people contributed to Vault:[4]


Chart (1995) Peak
Australian Top 50 Albums[8] 9
Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[9] 30
Canadian Top Albums[10] 7
Finnish Top 50 Albums[11] 7
French Compilations[12] 24
German Albums[13] 31
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[14] 88
New Zealand Top 50 Albums[15] 2
Swedish Top 60 Albums[16] 10
Swiss Top 100 Albums[17] 7
UK Albums Chart[18] 3
US Billboard 200[19] 15
Chart (1996) Peak
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[20] 7


Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA 4x Platinum
Canada CRIA 2× Platinum
United Kingdom BPI Platinum
Norway IFPI Gold


  1. ^ a b c d "Certified Awards Search" (ASPX). British Phonographic Industry.  Set Search By to Artist and type "Def Leppard" under Search to see results.
  2. ^ "Week Ending June 12, 2011. Albums: The Tortoise & The Hare – Chart Watch". 15 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  3. ^ Metal Edge, June 1996
  4. ^ a b c Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995) (CD liner). Def Leppard. Mercury Records. 1995. 314,528,718-2. 
  5. ^ Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995) [Limited Edition] (CD liner). Def Leppard. Mercury Records. 1995. 528,657-2. 
  6. ^ Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995) (CD liner). Def Leppard. Mercury Records. 1995. PHCR-3035. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Def Leppard". Robert Christgau. 
  8. ^ "Def Leppard – Vault (Greatest Hits) (Album)" (ASP). Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Def Leppard – Vault (Greatest Hits) (Album)" (ASP). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "100 Albums (CD's & Cassettes)" (PHP). RPM. 62 (18). 4 December 1995. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Def Leppard – Vault (Greatest Hits) (Album)" (ASP). Finnish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (PHP). InfoDisc (in French).  Find "DEF LEPPARD" under the drop-down menu to see statistics.
  13. ^ "Chartverfolgung / DEF LEPPARD / Longplay". Music Line (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Def Leppard – Vault (Greatest Hits) (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Def Leppard – Vault (Greatest Hits) (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Def Leppard – Vault (Greatest Hits) (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Def Leppard – Vault (Greatest Hits) (Album)" (ASP). Schweizer Hitparade. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 4th November 1995". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits – Def Leppard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "Def Leppard – Vault (Greatest Hits) (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 

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