Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2001

Inducted by: Kid Rock

Nominated in: 2000   2001

First Eligible: 1999 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1999 (ranked #59) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Aerosmith (1973)
Get Your Wings (1974)
Toys In The Attic (1975)
Rocks (1976)
Pump (1989)
Get A Grip (1993)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Dream On (1973)
Sweet Emotion (1975)
Walk This Way (1975)
Toys In The Attic (1975)
Back In the Saddle (1976)
Dude (Looks Like a Lady) (1987)
Rag Doll (1987)
Janie's Got a Gun (1989)
Cryin' (1993)
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (1998)

Aerosmith @ Wikipedia

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47 comments so far (post your own)

Areosmith are awesome.Still there not the best. I think the Beatles are.

Posted by Joe on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 16:55pm

"Areosmith are awesome.Still there not the best. I think the Beatles are."

I doubt that anyone would argue that they're not deserving. Perhaps, though, they were the best of their era (mid-1970s to mid-1990s), not the best ever.

Posted by Joe on Tuesday, 12.25.07 @ 10:23am

I will say that there was a time in the mid-70's when Aerosmith, Queen, Zep, The Who and the Stones reigned supreme over the RnR landscape. Madison Square Garden was an ongoing RnR party.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 13:44pm

This should not really be a discussion. Aerosnith should definitely be in the rnr hall of fame.

Influential- yes, just check out their wikipedia page. Many artists have been influenced by their style, riffs, Tyler's vocals, and soft to hard rock range.

Album sales yes, once again, I refer you to wikipedia.

Aerosmith belongs listed alongside the other great American classic rock bands: the Doors and the Eagles. Period.

Posted by Jake on Wednesday, 03.19.08 @ 15:18pm

Sorry, I can spell the bands name correctly: Aerosmith. Guess I proof read before I submitted. Certainly, I meant no disrespect to Aerosmith.

Posted by Jake on Wednesday, 03.19.08 @ 15:21pm

In my eyes, Aerosmith is the greatest band of all-time. They are very deserving of their induction.

Posted by K-Money on Sunday, 04.13.08 @ 14:30pm

What exactly did Aerosmith innovate other than new ways to ingest cocaine????

Posted by interviewer on Monday, 04.14.08 @ 00:35am

Aerosmith is like one the best band to like ever play!They also have awsome songs here is the top 10

2.Same old Song and Dance
3.Dude (looks like a Lady)
4.Love in an Elevator
5.Just Push Play
7.Sweet Emotion
9.I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
10.Beyond Beautiful

Posted by David on Monday, 10.6.08 @ 17:34pm

Great top ten, but you left out "Toys in the Attic". I'd use it to replace "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing", which is one Aerosmith song I wouldn't mind missing(no offense to those who truly like it).

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 10.6.08 @ 18:00pm

Yeah you are kind of right.

Oh yeah, and if you go back to Guns N' Roses my freind mike left a comment saying what kind of name is cheescrop before I made my top 20 Guns N' Roses songs.

Posted by David on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 12:52pm

Wow - I only see one song from that list which I would rate in the top ten aerosmoth songs.

Dude Looks Like a Lady and Love in the Elevator are absolutely horrible songs.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 13:24pm

Cryin' is horrible too. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing is unlistenable as well. Sorry, David. You picked some bad Aerosmith there.

Check out their 1970s output from when they were in their prime.

Posted by Al on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 14:38pm

David, how could you leave "Sweet Emotion" and "Dream On" out? Those are the top 2 Aerosmith songs.

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 16:03pm

David - You really need to listen to Aerosmiths first 5 albums. My opinion of the top songs:

Make It
Dream On
Walkin The Dog
Season's of Wither
Sweet Emotion
No More, No More
Uncle Salty
Round and Round
Last Child
No Surprise
Kings and Queens

And this is just off the top of my head. Listen to those albums and you will see why some consider them the greatest American Hard Rock Band of All-time.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 20:47pm

1970's Aerosmith would deserve a Hall place alone. Post-70's Aerosmith only diminished their reputation overall although there were still some excellent singles...Aerosmith/R.E.M. are probably the two bands most hindered by people recognizing them from the second (and more popular) halves of their career when they went for increasingly embarrassing pop theatrics and shallow songwriting. Ignore the cheese, get to the goods, and revel in the amusement. There's few, if any, hard rock bands with albums like Toys or Rocks and there's few bands in general with a group of albums as succinct and flawless as those of R.E.M. on IRS records.

Posted by Casper on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 21:06pm

And don't forget these songs:

Mama Kin
Same Old Song and Dance
Big Ten Inch Record
Draw the Line
Chip Away the Stone
Back In the Saddle

Posted by Brian on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 21:24pm

FYI - If you listen to Shania Twain's "I Feel Like A Woman", you will basically hear the bridge in the song to be from "Uncle Salty".

Except for Janie's Got Gun, their 80/90's music cannot come close to what they achieved in the 70's. I still get chills when I hear "Season's of Wither".

Casper makes an excellent point and Dameon's list is definitely on the money.

Posted by blah-blah-blah on Wednesday, 10.8.08 @ 06:59am

I think I did a good one

2.Toys in the Attic
3.Same Old Song and Dance
4.Janie's Got a Gun
5.Just Push Play
6.Sweet Emotion
7.Dude (looks likes a Ladie)
9.Love in an Elevator
10.Uncle Salty
11.Mama Kin
12.Back in the Saddle
14.Walk This Way
15.Dream On
16.Beyond Beautiful
17.Livin on the Edge
18.Get a Grip
19.No More,No More
20.I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

There,I hope it is better

Posted by David on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 14:39pm

Top 15 by me:

1. Love in an Elevator:
2. Janies Got a Gun
3. Toys in the Attic
4. Same Old Song and Dance
5. Just Push Play
6. Livin' on the Edge
7. Dude looks like a Lady
8. Get a Grip
9. Cryin'
10. Amazing
11. Mama Kin
12. Jaded
13. Walk on Water
14. Angel
15. Eat the Rich

Posted by Mike on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 14:42pm

You guys are leaving out "Round & Round", "The Train Kept A Rollin'", and "Last Child". Those songs are heavier than wet carpet!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 18:57pm

Sold lots of records other than that... I would put them next to Madonna ,Spears and Bono as in "BORING" but great production and players .. Just never dug them....

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 21:06pm

myxyz - Madonna and Spears - you sir have no clue. Their first 5 albums were pure gritty RnR.

Posted by blah-blah-blah on Friday, 10.17.08 @ 05:55am

myxyz - Madonna and Spears - you sir have no clue. Their first 5 albums were pure gritty RnR.

Posted by blah-blah-blah on Friday, 10.17.08 @ 05:55am

Yeah they were /are great players but nothing new in rock just good at it..Heck they even looked like rockers and a Jagger look a like clone lol Dosen't get better thsn that for Hollywod Hype
rock on

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 10.17.08 @ 11:14am

Don't even compare Spears and Madonna to Aerosmith. They are both WAY out of Aerosmith's leauge.

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 12.10.08 @ 07:18am

Aerosmith rocks.Joe perry is a great song righter and they made good song like dream on, toys in the attic,sweet emotion,janies got a gun ,and dude looks like a lady. ROCK ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by steven on Monday, 02.16.09 @ 19:00pm

top ten songs

-I don't wanna miss a thing
-Walk this way
-Back in the saddle
-Janies got a gun
-Sweet emotion
-Dream on
-Rag doll
-Seasons of wither
-Deuces are wild

Posted by blake on Tuesday, 03.24.09 @ 16:04pm

Blake - you got 5 right. None of the 80's and 90's tracks belong in the top 10.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 03:38am

Their work in the '70s warrants induction.

Their work in the last 25 years takes a giant dump on their legacy.

Posted by E Myron Fogarty on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 09:19am

Hey at least Blake didn't include "Love In an Elevator"

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 13:44pm

My top 10

1) Dream On
2) Crash
3) Make It
4) Mama Kin
5) Walk This Way
6) Devil's Got a New Disguise
7) Girls Keeps Coming Apart
8) Rats in the Cellar
9) Janie's Got a Gun
10) Eat The Rich

Posted by Georgios on Monday, 05.4.09 @ 15:54pm

I just saw Aerosmith and ZZ Top at Jones Beach the other day and it was awesome. We had a long rain delay and about a 50 minute intermission, but the show was still great.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 14:13pm

Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Aerosmith collaborated with Mott The Hoople, it would be called...

What is "All The Young Dudes Look Like Ladies"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 19:36pm

Which of these albums stands out as their best?

Get Your Wings
Toys in the Attic

Which track stands out as their best song?

Dream On
Season's of Whither
Sweet Emotion

FYI - Janie's Got a Gun was not Aerosmith's first foray into music about child abuse. Uncle Salty preceded it by 15 years.

Mutt Lange and Shania Twain completely ripped Uncle Salty off when they recorded "Feel Like a Woman"

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 08.2.09 @ 05:49am

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 08.2.09 @ 05:49am

Which of these albums stands out as their best?

Get Your Wings
Toys in the Attic
Rocks (X)

Which track stands out as their best song?

Dream On
Season's of Whither
Sweet Emotion

(None of the above... gimme Train Kept a Rollin' cover or Mama Kin... the mere fact that you mentioned Seasons of Wither as a best song possibility is a joke but it just goes to show how unbelievable Aerosmith is. You could ask 20 different Aerosmith fans this question and get 20 different answers. Zep is great (and better) but you probably can't say the same for them)

Posted by Chris on Friday, 02.12.10 @ 13:21pm

1a. Train Kept a Rollin'
1b. Mama Kin
2. Walk This Way
3. Last Child
4. Dream On
5. Sweet Emotion
6. Same Old Song and Dance
7. Big Ten Inch Record (Live version)
8. Back in the Saddle
9. Rag Doll
10. Chip Away at the Stone
11. Lord of the Thighs
12. Nobody's Fault
13. Rats in the Cellar
14. Love in an Elevator
15. Come Together
16. What it Takes
17. Draw the Line
18. Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
19. Critical Mass
20. Janie's Got A Gun

Plus a good 20 more from either era that knocks the socks off nearly every rock band since the '70s...

Posted by Chris on Friday, 02.12.10 @ 13:32pm

Chris - I cannot tell from your list when you started listening to Aerosmith. I was actually lucky in that my brother in-law knew and jammed with them back in 70-71. Joey Kramer is from the Bronx and Tyler from Yonkers so they have a big NY connection. Tyler's father taught at Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx. My brother in-law took me to the show at Max's KC back in 71.

As for the songs - your list is comprehensive but I have little use for most of the 80's stuff. I am not saying that it was not good, but except for a handful of songs, nothing was spectacular.

There are so many other great songs from those first 4 albums, Make It & One Way Street from the first album. Spaced from get Your Wings. Round and Round, No More, No More and You See Me Crying from Toys in the Attic. And as I mentioned in the earlier comment - Seasons of Whither is one of the most beautiful sings ever written. If the label had decided to release it as a single, I guarantee that would have been their 1st #1 charting track.

But I do appreciate your love of the band.

I never even try and compare Zep to Aerosmith. They are two generations that crossed paths. To me, Aerosmiths only true contemporary was Queen.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 02.13.10 @ 17:50pm

So Chris and Dameon,

Seeing how you are Areosmith fans, as am I, what is your take on this thing with Tyler taking a break for some solo work and Perry and the rest of the band wanting to find a replacement, possibly even a woman?

And what about the other singers that have been mentioned as possible replacements like Lenny Kravitz, Paul Rodgers, Billy Idol. Would you go see Aerosmith if one of the guys I mentioned were fronting the band?

How about the rumor (all though I think it was confirmed) that Tyler tried out for Led Zeppelin since Plant didn't want to reunite and do a full blown tour, but Tyler showed up unprepared and Page was not interested in having him join.

What's your take on all this good rock and roll gossip.


Posted by SpaceTrucker on Saturday, 02.13.10 @ 18:40pm

It is interesting that Paul Rodgers name would be mentioned. When Bad Company first hit, I thought their biggest competition for the new market of kids was Queen and Aerosmith, He has already sung and recorded with one. Why not the other.

As for the Zep thing - no way do I believe that.

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 03.7.10 @ 17:17pm

2.Same old Song and Dance
3.Dude (looks like a Lady)
4.Love in an Elevator
5.Just Push Play
7.Sweet Emotion
9.I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
10.Beyond Beautiful

Posted by David on Monday, 10.6.08 @ 17:34pm

Remove "Jaded", "Dude (Looks Like A Lady"), "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", "Cryin" and "Love in an Elevator." Replace with "Dream On", "Walk This Way", "Mama Kin", "Last Child" and "Back in the Saddle". As for mrxyz; I won't even go there. Perhaps the comparison to Britney would be true in that they needed outside help to have hits past the 70's, but that's where it ends. The quality of their 70's work and their massive influence is enough to make them deserving. Period.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 17:20pm

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are nominated for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.13.12 @ 20:56pm

Holly Knight co-wrote Rag Doll with Aerosmith. Holly Knight, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are all being inducted into the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.23.13 @ 08:27am

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry Picked for Songwriters Hall of Fame
Foreigner's Mick Jones and Lou Gramm are also among this year's inductees

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.23.13 @ 20:45pm

The 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame

Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake induct Steven Tyler and Joe Perry

Posted by Roy on Friday, 06.14.13 @ 10:39am

Kid Rock had absolutely zero business as being the one who inducted Aerosmith.

That honor should have been bestowed upon Slash.
He is vastly far more worthy of that duty and has a much stronger connection to Aerosmith both musically and personally than most others in the industry.

A couple of examples:
The influence of Rocks
Slash ownership of Joe Perry's tobacco burst:
" Here's the guitar history question we promised last time. This comes from Nick in Buffalo, NY - direct to SLASH:

Nick asks, "I'm a Gibson Les Paul fanatic, and one of my favorite guitars in your collection is the tobacco 'burst Les Paul you used in the "November Rain" video. I was wondering if you could give me a brief history on this guitar. I've heard from one source that it's a '59, and from another that it's a '60. I've heard that it used to belong to Duane Allman and Joe Perry. I've also heard that you plan on giving this guitar back to Joe Perry. Are any of these rumors true?

SLASH replies, "The '59 Tobacco Sunburst Les Paul was brought to my attention in '88 or '89. Apparently it had been stolen from Joe Perry and sold a few times before someone called me and asked if I was interested in buying it. Once I found out it was the real thing, I bought it. Anyway, I kept it for a long time; but I knew that Joe really loved that guitar probably as much as I did. So I gave it to him for his birthday earlier this year.

Posted by mystery man on Saturday, 10.26.13 @ 17:35pm

My 50 Favorite Aerosmith Songs

50. Fly Away From Here (2001)
49. Girls of Summer (2002)
48. Last Child (1976)
47. Movin' Out (1973)
46. Kings and Queens (1977)
45. Beyond Beautiful (2001)
44. Let the Music Do the Talking (1985)
43. Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees) (1997)
42. Shut Up and Dance (1993)
41. Big Ten Inch Record (1975)
40. Blind Man (1994)
39. Walkin' the Dog (1973)
38. Jaded (2001)
37. Rats in the Cellar (1976)
36. Adam's Apple (1975)
35. Dude (Looks Like a Lady) (1987)
34. Young Lust (1989)
33. Eat the Rich (1993)
32. Remember (Walking in the Sand) (1979)
31. Come Together (1978)
30. No Surprize (1979)
29. Cryin' (1993)
28. Pink (1997)
27. Train Kept a Rollin' (1974)
26. Crazy (1993)
25. Bright Light Fright (1977)
24. Rag Doll (1987)
23. Uncle Salty (1975)
22. Draw the Line (1977)
21. Make It (1973)
20. Back in the Saddle (1976)
19. I Don't Want to Miss a Thang (1998)
18. Mama Kin (1973)
17. Hangman Jury (1987)
16. The Other Side (1989)
15. No More No More (1975)
14. Angel (1987)
13. Line Up (1993)
12. What it Takes (1989)
11. Just Push Play (2001)
10. Amazing (1993)
9. Same Old Song and Dance (1974)
8. Living on the Edge (1993)
7. Love in an Elevator (1989)
6. Walk This Way (1975)
5. Janie's Got a Gun (1989)
4. Toys in the Attic (1975)
3. Seasons of Wither (1974)
2. Sweet Emotion (1975)
1. Dream On (1973)

Posted by Donnie on Sunday, 10.30.16 @ 17:52pm

Aerosmith is certainly the best-selling American rock band of all time; however, the majority of their best work (as many major fans of the band know) was in the 1970s. Their first 4 albums were the best of any American rock band at the time, with the exception of The Doors.

Posted by Luke Madigan on Monday, 05.8.17 @ 16:27pm

Try fact checking. Beach Boys are the all time selling American rock group. 2nd on the list is Chicago. Chicago was the top selling rock band during the 70's.

Posted by Zuzu on Monday, 05.8.17 @ 16:38pm

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