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- Dream On. “Dream On” is by far their most well-known song, and it’s often considered one of the greatest rock songs ever written. It was the leadoff track to Aerosmith’s self-titled debut album in 1973 and has been a staple of their live show ever since.
- Walk This Way. “Walk This Way” is a funk-rock hit with a classic blues groove and clever lyrics, performed by Aerosmith with Run-DMC. This song made rap-rock acceptable to mainstream audiences and led to many more examples of this musical hybrid.
- Sweet Emotion. “Sweet Emotion”, a 1975 single from the album Toys in the Attic, features some of Steven Tyler’s best vocals and some masterful guitar work from Joe Perry.
- Janie’s Got a Gun. The first single from “Pump” was released in 1989 and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With themes of incest, child abuse, and revenge murder, it was an uncharacteristically dark song for the band.
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- I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (1998) In terms of commercial success, the best Aerosmith song of all time is ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’ It was one of the two singles that the band recorded for the soundtrack of the film ‘Armageddon’.
- Cryin’ (1993) ‘Cryin’’ was the most commercially successful of the six singles released from the album ‘Get a Grip.’ It topped the Mainstream Rock chart, reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was a top ten hit in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland.
- Livin’ on the Edge (1993) Aerosmith’s third single to top the Mainstream Rock chart in the United States during the 1990s was ‘Livin’ on the Edge.’ This song also reached number one on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart and stayed in that position for nine weeks.
- Walk This Way (1975, 1976, and 1986) Aerosmith has released ‘Walk This Way’ three times over two decades. They first released the song in 1975 when it featured on the album ‘Toys in the Attic,’ but it did not chart.
- 'Dream On' Steven Tyler wrote "Dream On" on a Steinway upright piano about four years before Aerosmith even formed. "It's about dreaming until your dreams come true," Tyler said.
- 'Sweet Emotion' With "Sweet Emotion," Aerosmith finally cracked the Top 40. The single let them move countless copies of Toys in the Attic and truly helped them enter a new stratosphere of fame.
- 'Walk This Way' Aerosmith were midway through their 1975 classic Toys in the Attic when they took a break to see the new Mel Brooks movie Young Frankenstein in Times Square.
- 'Back in the Saddle' Aerosmith knew they wanted to open their 1976 LP Rocks with a huge, anthemic song. "We recorded it to have this larger-than-life vibe," said producer Jack Douglas.
- “Walk this Way” – ‘Toys in the Attic’ (1975) Really, what other song could be number one? From its beyond iconic riff to the way it would eventually bridge the gap between rock and hip-hop a decade after its release, “Walk this Way” is in the same company as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
- “Sweet Emotion” – ‘Toys in the Attic’ (1975) Intros and builds of a song have been mentioned elsewhere on this list, but without a doubt, ”Sweet Emotion” has the best intro/build of any song in the Aerosmith catalog.
- “Dream On” – ‘Aerosmith’ (1973) Like “Mama Kin,” “Dream On” could have only been written by someone who was still scratching and clawing their way to make it big, which is probably why Steven Tyler’s lyrics are so relatable.
- “Janie’s Got a Gun” – ‘Pump’ (1989) Graphic and heartbreaking, "Janie’s Got a Gun” was inspired by stories Steven Tyler read about gun violence in the United States and sexual abuse suffered by children by their parents.