Euphoria (Def Leppard album)

Euphoria (Def Leppard album)
Studio album by Def Leppard
Released June 8, 1999 (1999-06-08)
Recorded 1998 at Joe's Garage in Dublin, Ireland
Genre Hard rock
Length 51:01
Label Mercury
Producer Pete Woodroffe and Def Leppard
Def Leppard chronology
Singles from Euphoria
  1. "Promises"
    Released: 1999 (worldwide, except Europe)
  2. "Promises/Back in Your Face"
    Released: 1999 (Europe)
  3. "Paper Sun"
    Released: 1999 (US)
  4. "Goodbye"
    Released: 1999
  5. "Day After Day"
    Released: 2000 (US)
  6. "21st Century Sha La La La Girl"
    Released: 2000 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]

Euphoria is the seventh studio album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1999. The album marked a return to their signature sound made famous by the band in the 1980s. It was produced by the band with Pete Woodroffe.The album charted at #11 on The Billboard 200[5] and #11 on the UK Albums Chart.[6]



Following Slang, the band was initially unsure of which direction to take for their next release,[citation needed] upon reconvening in April 1998.

The band would enlist the aid of former producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange for four days in a more limited role. Three songs were co-written with Lange, who lent background vocals (as he had on other albums): "It's Only Love", "All Night" and "Promises".

A song first recorded by Vivian Campbell's side band Clock, "To Be Alive", received a Leppard makeover. For the first time since 1981's High 'n' Dry, an instrumental was included (Phil Collen's "Disintegrate"). This instrumental was known before as "Spanish Sky", a ballad that evolved into this track.[citation needed]

1996 Formula One racing champion Damon Hill, a neighbour of Rick Savage, would contribute a guitar solo to the track "Demolition Man".

In its first week of release, Euphoria sold over 98,000 units in the US and just missed the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, reaching #11. First single "Promises" topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart in June 1999, a spot the band had not held in six years.

Euphoria would later be certified gold in the US, Canada and Japan. The album-supporting tour stretched from May 1999 to September 2000.

Upon the album's ten year anniversary in June 2009, The Record Review noted that "the band has yet to match it with any release since (despite the stiff competition of 2002’s X) and it still stands between leaders Hysteria and Pyromania as the band’s best album."[7]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Demolition Man"   Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, Joe Elliott 3:24
2. "Promises"   Collen, Mutt Lange 3:59
3. "Back in Your Face"   Elliott, Collen 3:20
4. "Goodbye"   Rick Savage 3:36
5. "All Night"   Collen, Lange 3:38
6. "Paper Sun"   Collen, Campbell, Elliott, Savage, Pete Woodroffe 5:27
7. "It's Only Love"   Elliott, Lange, Savage, Campbell 4:06
8. "21st Century Sha La La La Girl"   Collen, Elliott, Savage 4:06
9. "To Be Alive"   Campbell, P.J. Smith 3:53
10. "Disintegrate (Instrumental)"   Collen 2:51
11. "Guilty"   Collen, Savage, Elliott, Campbell, Woodroffe 3:47
12. "Day After Day"   Collen, Elliott, Campbell 4:36
13. "Kings of Oblivion"   Elliott, Collen, Savage 4:18
14. "I Am Your Child (Japanese Bonus Track)"   Elliott, Collen, Savage 3:27
15. "Under My Wheels (Unmixed Version)* (Alice Cooper Cover) (Australian Bonus Track) {Joe Elliott & Phil Collen with others}"   Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Bob Ezrin 3:21
16. "Worlds Collide ("Back In Your Face" part 2 B-Side) (Australian Bonus Track)"     3:45
  • *Unmixed and found on the "Humanary Stew: A Tribute To Alice Cooper" album. Unmixed because Joe didn't like the way it sounded on "Humanary Stew".


Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA Gold
Canada CRIA Gold


Additional musicians

  • Ciaran McGoldrick, Gary Sullivan, Ricky Warwick – hey's and claps on "Back in Your Face"
  • Mutt Lange – additional vocals on "Promises" and "All Night", additional guitar on "All Night"
  • Damon "Demon" Hill – end guitar solo on "Demolition Man"


  • Pete Woodroffe – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Def Leppard – producer
  • Ger McDonnell – engineer
  • Ronan McHugh – engineer
  • Tom Stanley – mix assistant
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Andie Airfix – artwork
  • Andy Earl – photography


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Greg Kot (1999-07-08). "Rolling Stone review". Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  3. ^ Tom Lanham (1999-06-11). "Entertainment Weekly review".,,273707,00.html. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  4. ^ Blake, Mark. "Review: Def Leppard - Euphoria". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (July 1999): 106. 
  5. ^ "Allmusic (Def Leppard charts and awards) Billboard albums". 
  6. ^ "Def Leppard chart stats". 
  7. ^ Ian Rice (2009-08-06). "Ten Years Later: Def Leppard". Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  • (1999) Album notes for Euphoria by Def Leppard [CD booklet]. London, England: Mercury (314 546 212-2).

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