The Overlooked Songs From Each Aerosmith Album
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Aerosmith – unless someone’s been living under a rock, everybody knows who they are even if they’re not classic rock fans. Since launching their career in the ’70s, they’ve had a string of hits that ensured their place in the rock pantheon. They’re one of the few bands who managed to resurrect their career by making a stunning comeback nobody could have predicted.
For this list, we’re going over one underrated song from every Aerosmith studio album.
15. Music from Another Dimension! (2012) – “Tell Me”
Even way past his heyday, Steven Tyler delivered the goods with his powerful vocal performance.
14. Honkin’ on Bobo (2004) – “I’m Ready”
This blues standard was originally recorded by Muddy Waters. Aerosmith covered it to pay tribute to their earliest influences.
13. Nine Lives (1997)- “Nine Lives”
Tyler imitating a cat’s wail at the beginning of the song will never get old.
12. Get a Grip (1993) – “Get A Grip”
It’s one of the songs that touch on their history with drug use.
11. Pump (1989) – “Hoodoo/Voodoo Medicine Man”
The intro is totally unexpected but it’s an absolute gem.
10. Aerosmith (1973) – “One Way Street”
The longest song on their debut LP, it’s often overshadowed by “Dream On” and “Mama Kin”.
9. Just Push Play (2001) – “Beyond Beautiful”
“Just Push Play” is not everyone’s cup of tea, even Joe Perry admitted it’s his “least favorite” but “Beyond Beautiful” is actually pretty good.
8. Night in the Ruts (1979) – “No Surprize”
Speaking about how he wrote it, Tyler recalled in their memoir “Walk This Way”, “For two months, I’d been totally blocked, writing lyrics for this track we had done with Joe. ‘My name is nah nah nah, I come from Yonkers High, and I get drunk at night.’ One night I had such a revelation to write the story of the band, how Aerosmith got started … I was so excited to be back on track.”
7. Done with Mirrors (1985) – “Let The Music Do The Talking”
Originally recorded by The Joe Perry Project, Aerosmith re-recorded it five years later after they reunited.
6. Rock in a Hard Place (1982) – “Bolivian Ragamuffin”
It’s a classic tune even if Perry didn’t play on it.
5. Permanent Vacation (1987) – “The Movie”
It’s heavy and hypnotic.
4. Draw the Line (1977) – “Kings And Queens”
Tyler said, “This one was just about how many people died from holy wars because of their beliefs or non-beliefs. With that one, my brain was back with the knights of the round table…”
3. Rocks (1976) – “Nobody’s Fault”
It’s guitarist Brad Whitford’s favorite Aerosmith song.
2. Toys in the Attic (1975) – “Uncle Salty”
Written by Tyler and bassist Tom Hamilton, Tyler revealed in his autobiography: “Here I was thinking about an orphanage when I wrote those lyrics. I’d try to make the melody weep from the sadness felt when a child is abandoned.”
1. Get Your Wings (1974) – “Lord Of The Thighs”
A staple in their concerts, drummer Joey Kramer once shared that it’s his favorite Aerosmith track to perform live.