X (Def Leppard album)

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Def Leppard - X.jpg
US cover
Studio album by
Released30 July 2002 (2002-07-30)
StudioJoe's Garage in Dublin, Ireland
Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden
Rumbo Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA
LabelIsland (US)
Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury (UK & Europe)
ProducerPete Woodroffe and Def Leppard
Per Aldeheim and Andreas Carlsson
Marti Frederiksen
Def Leppard chronology
Best Of
Singles from X
  1. "Now"
    Released: 5 August 2002
  2. "Four Letter Word"
    Released: 23 November 2002
  3. "Long, Long Way to Go"
    Released: 14 April 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone3/5 stars link
NME10/10 stars link

X (pronounced ten) is the eighth studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 30 July 2002 by Island Records in the US and sister label Mercury worldwide. Much like 1996's Slang, it featured another departure from their signature sound by moving into the pop genre. The album charted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200[2] and No. 14 on the UK Albums Chart.[3] Most of the album was produced by Pete Woodroffe and the band, with remaining tracks produced by either Marti Frederiksen or Per Aldeheim and Andreas Carlsson. This is the first Def Leppard album in which drummer Rick Allen actively took part in song-writing. On all of the band's prior albums, he is only credited with helping co-write three tracks. On this album alone, he co-wrote eleven.

The album features the Roman numeral 'X', recognising it as their tenth album release, although the album is in fact only their eighth collection of all-new studio material. The other two albums released by the band prior to the release of X, Retro Active and Vault, were a rerecording of B-sides and rarities and a greatest hits set respectively.

The album peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200, but did not sell to the standards of their previous releases and failed to earn any RIAA certifications. With the exception of an abbreviated version of "Now" being performed as part of an acoustic medley during the 'Rock of Ages' tour in 2012, nothing from this album has been performed live by the band since the conclusion of its supporting tour until their Vegas Residency in 2019.

For a short time after the album was released, Def Leppard's website Defleppard.com featured a free mp3 download of "Perfect Girl," a bonus track and early version of the track "Gravity".

Track listing[edit]

1."Now"Marti Frederiksen, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Vivian Campbell, Rick Savage, Rick Allen3:58
2."Unbelievable"Per Aldeheim, Andreas Carlsson, Max Martin3:58
3."You're So Beautiful"Frederiksen, Collen, Elliott, Campbell, Savage, Allen3:31
4."Everyday"Frederiksen, Collen, Elliott, Campbell, Savage, Allen3:08
5."Long, Long Way to Go"Wayne Hector, Steve Robson4:38
6."Four Letter Word"Collen, Elliott, Campbell, Savage, Allen3:07
7."Torn to Shreds"Collen, Savage, Elliott, Campbell, Allen2:56
8."Love Don't Lie"Elliott, Collen, Campbell, Savage, Allen4:46
9."Gravity"Collen, Elliott, Pete Woodroffe, Campbell, Savage, Allen2:33
10."Cry"Collen, Elliott, Campbell, Savage, Allen3:17
11."Girl Like You"Campbell, Collen, Elliott, Savage, Allen2:49
12."Let Me Be the One"Elliott, Campbell, Collen, Savage, Allen3:29
13."Scar"Collen, Elliott, Campbell, Savage, Woodroffe, Allen4:59
Bonus tracks
14."Kiss the Day"Savage, Collen, Elliott, Campbell, Allen4:27
15."Long, Long Way to Go" (acoustic)Hector, Robson4:43
16."10 X Bigger Than Love"Elliott, Collen, Campbell, Savage, Allen3:57
17."Gimme a Job"Elliott, Collen, Campbell, Savage, Allen3:17
18."Perfect Girl" (Demo, early version of "Gravity")Collen, Elliott, Woodroffe, Campbell, Savage, Allen2:41


Def Leppard[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Eric Carter – keyboards and drum loops on "Now", "You're So Beautiful" and "Everyday"
  • Stan Schiller – shredding tele licks on "Gravity"


  • Producers: Def Leppard, Per Aldeheim, Andreas Carlsson, Pete Woodroffe
  • Engineers: Stefan Glaumann, Richard Chycki, Ronan McHugh, Liz Sroka, Pete Woodroffe
  • Mixing: Marti Frederiksen, Ronan McHugh, Pete Woodroffe
  • Mastering: Tom Coyne
  • A&R: Simon Collins, Jeff Fenster
  • Production co-ordination: Leslie Langlo, Sue Tropio
  • Editing: Brian Paturalski
  • Vocal producer: Ronan McHugh
  • Drum technician: Jerry Johnson
  • String arrangements: David Campbell
  • Programming: Ronan McHugh, Pete Woodroffe
  • Photography: Clive Arrowsmith



Year Chart Peak position
2002 US Billboard 200 11[citation needed]


Year Single Chart Peak position
2002 "Now" US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 26[citation needed]
2002 "Now" US Billboard Adult Top 40 40[citation needed]
2002 "Now" Nielsen SoundScan Canadian Singles Chart 29[citation needed]
2002 "Four Letter Word" US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 30[citation needed]


  1. ^ "X by Def Leppard". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Allmusic (Def Leppard charts and awards) Billboard albums".
  3. ^ "Def Leppard The Official Charts Company".
  • X (CD back cover and booklet). Def Leppard. London, England: Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury. 2002. 063,120-2.CS1 maint: others (link)