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Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me (1987)

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“Pour Some Sugar on Me” is a song by the English rock band Def Leppard from their 1987 album Hysteria. It reached ...

“Pour Some Sugar on Me” is a song by the English rock band Def Leppard from their 1987 album Hysteria. It reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 23 July 1988, behind “Hold On to the Nights” by Richard Marx. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” is considered the band’s signature song, and was ranked #2 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s” in 2006.

The somewhat delayed success of “Pour Some Sugar on Me” (due to the new promo release) helped send Hysteria to number 1 on the Top Pop Albums chart (now the Billboard 200) a year after release, selling four million copies during the single’s run. The song reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (denied the top spot by “Hold On to the Nights” by Richard Marx), number 18 in the UK Singles Chart and number 26 on the ARIA charts (Australia).

MTV ranked “Pour Some Sugar on Me” number 1 in its “Top 300 Videos of All Time” countdown in May 1991. In 2006, VH1 ranked the song number 2 on its list of the “100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s.”

In 2012 due to royalty conflicts with their record company regarding profits from online sales, the band re-recorded the song, along with “Rock of Ages”, under the title “Pour Some Sugar on Me 2012” and released both digitally in June 2012 (similarly, a re-recorded version of the single “Hysteria” entitled “Hysteria (2013 Re-Recorded Version)” was also released online the following year).

Two different music videos for the song were produced. The first version shows the band playing inside a derelict Irish stately home (Mount Merrion House at Stillorgan, Dublin) while it is being demolished by a wrecking ball and a burly, sledgehammer-wielding, female construction worker. Filmed before the song became a hit in the United States, a second video simply of the band playing the song live was released for American MTV. The American video was edited from the band’s full-length 1989 video release, Live: In the Round, in Your Face, recorded at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, CO, in February 1988. The music video for the song had an extended, distortion-laden intro in lieu of the album version’s “Step inside, walk this way” intro. Most compilations use the extended music video-style intro.

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