Def Leppard Wiki
High 'n' Dry
Def Leppard - High 'n' Dry.jpg
Released: 11 July 1981
Recorded: Spring 1981 at Battery Studios

Hard Rock






Robert John "Mutt" Lange

High 'n' Dry is the second studio album by the English Hard rock band Def Leppard, released on 11 July 1981. "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)", ranked #33 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs. 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.

1984 reissue

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

Side one
No. TitleWriter(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. TitleWriter(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.



  • Robert John "Mutt" Lange – producer
  • Mike Shipley – recording engineer
  • Hipgnosis – cover design

Chart positions


Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 38
1983 The Billboard 200 72

Billboard (North America)

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


Studio albums, compilations & DVDs
This is a list of all the studio albums, compilations and Video releases by the band.
Studio Albums On Through the Night · High 'n' Dry · Pyromania · Hysteria · Adrenalize · Slang · Euphoria · X · Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
Cover Albums Yeah!
Live Albums Mirrorball: Live & More · Viva! Hysteria
Compilations Retro Active · Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995) · Best of Def Leppard · Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection
EPs The Def Leppard E.P. · Live: In the Clubs, in Your Face
Video Releases Historia · Live: In the Round, in Your Face · Visualize · Video Archive · Historia / Live: In the Round, in Your Face · Visualize / Video Archive · Classic Albums: Hysteria · Hysteria – The Def Leppard Story · Best of the Videos · Rock of Ages: The DVD Collection