Photograph (4:09)

Cover of Pyromania

From Pyromania and 29 other releases

“Photograph” is a 1983 single by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their album Pyromania. It was written as a tribute to the late actress Marilyn Monroe, as singer Joe Elliott often stated before playing the song live onstage. When released as a single it reached #1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart and #12 on the Pop Singles chart. In 2006 the song was used in promotional ads for the DVD release of Blades of Glory. In 2009 it was named the 13th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.

The 1993 live recording of the song in Sheffield, England appeared in the music video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as part of a Def Leppard downloadable track pack, as did the 1993 live recording of “Rock of Ages”. The song was also included in the tracklisting of the rhythm music video game Battle Of The Bands. In 2008 they performed the song with country star Taylor Swift on CMT Crossroads.

Joe Elliott comented on the Vault album that this song was a big hit in the US and that he felt disappointed that it didn’t become a hit in the UK. Nationally syndicated sports talk show host Jim Rome commonnly refers to “Photograph” as one of the all time great rock songs ever.

There are two versions of the music video. The uncensored version shows a knife scene at the beginning, and on the censored version of the video, it is almost the same except the knife scene is replaced with a stationary black cat.


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  • Disvisonpunk86

    Amazing track <3 \\m/

    12 Jul 9:13pm Reply
  • southmaui

    i gotta have you wherever you are.... oh yeah in a magazine

    7 Jul 11:35pm Reply
  • HaohmaruRocks

    Where's the music video ?

    30 Jan 3:56am Reply
  • Alin_

    Cruisin' in my Gauntlet in Sandy Shores :D

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    This song’s big bad guitar sound fuses Pete Willis’ rhythm playing with the solo and lead guitar work of Phil Collen and Steve Clark. After the riff ensnares you, the track’s lyrics and Joe Elliott’s loud vocals “put a hold on us.” Alongside the songs off Def Leppard’s Pyromania, “Photograph” set the blueprint for ‘80s hard rock and paved the way for the popularity of pop metal. -- watchmojo

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • southstarmusic

    the drummer in def leppard only has one arm ...repeat 10 times fast ;)

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • hippie_anna_joe

    My favorite song of all time, so much so that I sing a slower version of it to my sons to put them to bed.

    24 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    Joe Elliot in those leather pants.... !!!!!!!!!

    9 Jan 2014 Reply
  • terasss2

    Awesome song

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MIKEH3875

    Amazing how much DL has changed and not in a good way.Joe Elliot talking about how they were more of a pop band than heavy rock not to mention the music they put out now is a far cry from the raw hard rock High n Dry era.

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • OtherShitness

    Love this! ^^

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • graybriggs

    Took me a while to appreciate this but now I 'get it' - what a fantastic song. The perfect rock track. Great sound, great lyrics.

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Gellies

    Always loved this song!

    3 May 2013 Reply
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    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • CadencyMark

    I love this song!

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MIKEH3875

    I happen to get into hard rock when i was in grade school right around the time this was released back in 1983.Of course it was this album and the next Hysteria which made them one of the biggest band to come out of the 80's.

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Imageteria

    Thank you "Mutt" Lange. No incredible song.

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • EVENo94

    No Nickelback, you can't be first.

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • xxBabyMonkeyxx

    One of the many reasons to love the 80s.

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • greenvillepa

    Rock on....

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
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