A funny thing happens when one of Aerosmith's power ballads starts to play. No matter where you are, no matter who you are, the song briefly makes you feel like you're a rock star. Such is the power of vocalist Steven Tyler's infectious energy. Considered one of the greatest American rock bands of all time, Aerosmith forged their signature sound by blending heavy metal and rock with the blues. The finishing touch? Tyler's one-of-a-kind vocals. The band dates back to a fateful summer of , when Tyler met guitarist Joe Perry while working at an ice cream parlor in New Hampshire.
Madonna didn't write "Papa Don't Preach," which deals with abortion. What drew her to the song was the singer standing up to male authority. The Kate Bush song "Running Up That Hill" is about making a deal with God to switch lives with your partner so there would be no more misunderstandings. The Spacehog song "In The Meantime" samples an obscure recording of telephone noise, which is used at the beginning of the song. His political shenanigans were observed by the band during their first tour of Australia. Do you know who wrote Patti Smith's biggest hit? How about the Grease theme song? See if you can match the song to the writer.
'What It Takes'
It may have taken 11 years, but Aerosmith finally returned this week with their new album, Music From Another Dimension! To promote the disc, the band went on a full-scale media assault, appearing on The Today Show , NPR and every other media outlet that would have them. They also did a giant outdoor show outside their former apartment in Boston. The band resumes its American tour later this week in Oklahoma City, so we figured this was a good time to poll our readers and figure out their top 10 Aerosmith songs. Click through to see the results. It's half-forgotten now but, in the early s, Aerosmith were completely washed up. They seemed like one of many s bands sleepwalking through their old hits on the club circuit and releasing albums that were dead on arrival. Unlike, say, Grand Funk Railroad, Aerosmith were unwilling to roll over and die. They caught a lucky break when Rick Rubin brought them into the studio with Run-DMC for a remake of "Walk This Way," and they followed it up with a series of increasingly popular albums for Geffen. Their success was partially explained by a willingness to work with outside songwriters.
Back when Aerosmith released their debut album in , the Boston-bred band wanted to be the Rolling Stones. From the shotgun guitar riffs to Steven Tyler Jagger-like moves, the band rarely hid their elders' influence in the early days. But over time, they turned into one of America's best arena-sized bar bands. Some well-documented personal battles sidelined the group in the early '80s before a triumphant comeback later that decade turned them into even bigger stars. Our list of the Top 10 Aerosmith Songs spans the '70s through the late '90s yep, that 'Armageddon' song is here. Aerosmith's comeback was in full swing when 'What It Takes' was released as the third single from their hit album 'Pump. During the '70s, Aerosmith rarely strayed from the booze-soaked guitar rock that influenced and defined them. But on 'Last Child' they get funky