Adrenalize is the fifth studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 31 March 1992 through Mercury Records.[6] The album was the first by the band following the death of guitarist Steve Clark in 1991. Instead of replacing him with a new member, the band recorded the album as a four-piece. "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."[7]

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Studio album by
Released31 March 1992 (1992-03-31)
StudioWisseloord Studios, Hilversum
GenreHard rock,[2] glam metal[3]
LabelMercury/Bludgeon Riffola
Def Leppard chronology
Retro Active
Singles from Adrenalize
  1. "Let's Get Rocked"
    Released: April 11, 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
AllMusic2.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau(dud)[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars [5]
Sputnik Music3.5/5 stars


Adrenalize debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200[8] and peaked at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart.[9]

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."[10]

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."Let's Get Rocked"Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Mutt Lange, Rick Savage4:56
2."Heaven Is"Steve Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage3:33
3."Make Love Like a Man"Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange4:15
4."Tonight"Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage4:03
5."White Lightning"Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage7:03
Side two
6."Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion)"Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange4:32
7."Personal Property"Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage4:21
8."Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad"Collen, Elliott, Lange5:24
9."I Wanna Touch U"Rick Allen, Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange3:37
10."Tear It Down"Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage3:38
Total length:45:22
Japanese bonus tracks
11."Miss You in a Heartbeat" (Electric version)Collen5:06
12."She's Too Tough"Elliott3:39

Deluxe edition (Bonus CD)Edit

In the Clubs... In Your Face - Bonn, Germany 29/05/92
1."Hysteria" (live)Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage7:17
2."Photograph" (live)Clark, Elliott, Lange, Savage, Pete Willis4:44
3."Pour Some Sugar on Me" (live)Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage5:09
4."Let's Get Rocked" (live)Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage5:46
Adrenalize B-sides
5."You Can't Always Get What You Want" (with Hothouse Flowers)Mick Jagger, Keith Richards7:43
6."Little Wing" (with Hothouse Flowers)Jimi Hendrix3:40
7."Tonight" (version 2 - demo version featuring Steve Clark)Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage4:24
8."Now I'm Here" (live - featuring Brian May)Brian May6:03
9."Two Steps Behind" (acoustic)Elliott4:11
10."Tonight" (acoustic - Sun Studios version)Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage4:16
11."Too Late for Love" (live)Clark, Elliott, Lange, Savage, Willis6:02
12."Women" (live)Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage6:34


Additional personnelEdit


  • 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 positionsEdit


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


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[12] Gold 25,0000[12]
France (SNEP)[13] Gold 100,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[14] Gold 100,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[15] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[16] Gold 7,500^
Sweden (GLF)[17] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[18] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  19. ^ "British album certifications – Def Leppard – Adrenalize". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 24 April 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Adrenalize in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Def Leppard – Adrenalize". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 24 April 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.