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32 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Have First UK Top Ten Hit With ANIMAL

Animal 1987. Def Leppard 1987

Def Leppard's classic Animal single peaked at Number 6 in the UK chart on this day in 1987.

The first single to be released from the 'Hysteria' album in the UK.

It had been released on 20th July 1987 and was their first UK single since the re-release of 'Photograph' in February 1984.

'Animal' peaked at Number 6 on 22nd August 1987 in its fourth week on the Top 100 chart.

Their first ever UK Top 40 entry and hit single. Also the first ever Def Leppard Top Ten single. The previous high being 'Photograph' which reached Number 12 in the USA in 1983.

It entered at 34 on 1st August before rising to 16, 9 and then 6.

It spent three weeks in all inside the Top 10 and five in the Top 20. Eventually leaving the chart at the end of September after nine weeks.

One of three Def Leppard singles in the UK to go into the Top 10 and then move up again. The others being 'Let's Get Rocked' (1992) and 'When Love & Hate Collide' (1995).

The first of six UK hit singles from the 'Hysteria' album ending with 'Rocket' in early 1989.

The chart success of the single was helped by TV performances on ITV's The Roxy and the BBC's Top Of The Pops in July/August.

The Roxy performance was shown four times and the promo video was also shown multiple times on Channel Four's 'The Chart Show'.

Michael Jackson was at Number One in this week with the first single from his then soon-to-be-released 'Bad' album.

Other notable rock artists inside the Top 40 were Heart, Bon Jovi, The Cult, Metallica and Motley Crue.

Read some band member comments about the song.

Def Leppard 1987.

Read the full 'Animal Single' story on the Lep History section.

This section will be expanded to include all major historical events and releases.

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