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34 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD's HYSTERIA Album Enters UK Chart At #1

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Def Leppard's classic Hysteria album entered the UK charts at Number One 34 years ago on this day in 1987.

The band's fourth studio album had been released on 3rd August and went straight in at the top.

It went on to spend 101 weeks on the chart up October 1992. This is often quoted as the total but it actually spent a further four weeks on the chart in 1994 taking it to 105 weeks in all. This was extended to 107 after the release of the 30th anniversary edition in August 2017.

The album's success followed on from 'Animal' becoming the band's first ever Top Ten single anywhere in the world by reaching Number 6 earlier in the same month.

In reaching the top of the UK charts 'Hysteria' had also become the first Number One album of the band's career.

A feat that 'Pyromania' narrowly missed out on in 1983 in the USA.

'Pyromania' had peaked at Number 18 in the UK in March 1983 and spent just 8 weeks on the chart.

With 'High 'n' Dry' reaching only #26 after debut album 'On Through The Night' had made it to #15, their fourth album had taken the band to another level of success in their homeland and around the world.

'Hysteria' would take another 49 weeks before the album reached Number One on the US Billboard Top 200 chart.

On the same day the band were playing a second night in Belfast, Northern Ireland at Ulster Hall and were at their hotel when the received the news of the chart position.

Joe injured his back halfway through the performance in another 'Hysteria' album related incident.

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