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.


Everyone’s tags

More tags

Play with Spotify

Albums featuring this track (30)

Similar Tracks

  Track   Duration Listeners
Def Leppard - Animal 4:05 230,032
Def Leppard - Rock of Ages 4:08 116,141
Whitesnake - Still of the Night 6:40 170,133
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again 5:08 448,211
Van Halen - Panama 3:31 316,177
Ratt - Round and Round 4:24 190,348

Listening Trend

146,809listeners all time
801,910scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Explore more

Listen to, buy or share


Send Ringtones to Cell

I'm outta luck, outta love
Gotta photograph, picture of
Passion killer, you're too much
You're the only one I wanna touch

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


Leave a comment. Log in to or sign up.
  • 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
  • ThePowerStation


    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
  • EVHrulez

    When Def Leppard was actually good. They SUCK now!!! No power. Joe Elliot's voice is so done. Really don't like the drum sound now either. BUT--Pyromania was a masterpiece in rock.

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • ericshep

    they are one and the same to last fm, if you ban this i think you also ban the orig. if i am wrong can someone on lfm staff let us know. i enjoy both . the orig is usually what we a ll like best cause its what we r used to!

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • storagemusic

    PLAY THE ORIGINAL SONG RECORDINGS!!!! Hate these "live" versions!!!2 it sucks

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • All 120 shouts

Top Listeners