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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 06: Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen perform at YouTube Presents Def Leppard At The House Of Blues at House of Blues Sunset Strip on June 6, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Hysteria was a hit machine that yielded seven singles, which means there are also seven accompanying music videos.

In honor of Hysteria’s 30th anniversary, we’re looking back at the videos that launched Def Leppard into the stratosphere.


Did the circus theme of the video for “Animal” foreshadow the whirlwind that was in store for Def Leppard?  Obviously, in hindsight, that’s a “yes.”

Def Leppard - Animal

Def Leppard - Animal (Robert John "Mutt" Lange/Phil Collen/Richard Savage/Joe Elliott) Directed by Jean Pellerin & Doug Freel Audio Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange From the album HYSTERIA (1987)



Equal parts performance video and comic book adventure, you can buy the t-shirt featuring the cover of the comic book featured in the music video here.  Alas, a search of finding the actual comic book for sale didn’t produce any results.


“Pour Some Sugar On Me”

Another performance video, but this time what’s captured is the essence of Def Leppard live and behind the scenes on tour…perhaps at peak fan “Hysteria?”  (See what we did there?)

Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me (Official Video)

Def Leppard, Pour Some Sugar On Me Music Video (1988)



Speaking of “Hysteria,” can you say “swoon?”  In all seriousness, “Hysteria” might be one of the most underrated love songs in the 80’s rock canon.

Def Leppard - Hysteria (Official Video)

Def Leppard, Hysteria Music Video (1987)


“Armaggedon It”

“Armaggedon It” is in the same vein as the video for “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” but can you blame Def Leppard for wanting to show off how throngs of women flocked to their shows?  Let’s just say everyone was “gettin’ it.”

Def Leppard - Armageddon It

"From Def Leppard's Hysteria album, the music video for Armageddon was released in 1988. Order the Volume 1 boxset: https://defleppard.lnk.to/VolumeOne Full catalogue now available to stream and download: https://UMe.lnk.to/DefLeppardDigital Follow Def Leppard Official website: http://www.defleppard.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/defleppard/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DefLeppard Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/defleppard/" Music video by Def Leppard performing Armageddon It.


“Love Bites”

Every love song needs a break-up/anti-love song to go with it, and “Love Bites” is that to the album’s title track.  The studio shots add to the drama of the song, and it bears mentioning that Def Leppard’s group vocal seem almost extra poignant here.

DEF LEPPARD - Love Bites

LYRICS If you've got love in your sights Watch out, love bites When you make love, do you look in your mirror? Who do you think of? Does he look like me? Do you tell lies? And say that it's forever? Do you think twice, or just touch 'n' see?



The final single from Hysteria, appropriately enough, pays tribute to those that influenced the band the most and helped paved the way.  From David Bowie and Queen to Elton John and The Beatles, “Rocket” and its video is the musical equivalent of doffing one’s cap.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights