Aerosmith is an American rock group founded in Boston in 1970. The band members include Brad Whitford on drums, Joe Perry on guitar, Tom Hamilton on bass, Joey Kramer on drums, Brad Whitford on guitar, and Steven Tyler as the lead singer. Their music combines loud rocking blues with pop rock, heavy metal, glam metal, and rhythm and blues. Many other rock musicians have been influenced by their sound. They are often called “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” and “The Bad Boys from Boston.” Tyler and Perry, known as the “Toxic Twins,” are the main songwriters for the group.
Perry and Hamilton, former members of the Jam Band, joined forces with Tyler, Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano to form Aerosmith. Tabano was later replaced by Whitford. They released their debut album in 1973 and Get Your Wings the next year. They went on to release several multi-platinum albums, including Rocks (1976) and Toys in the Attic (1975), which brought them into the mainstream. They also had successful singles like “Sweet Emotion,” “Dream On,” and “Walk This Way.” By the end of the 1970s, they were one of the most popular hard rock bands with a dedicated fan base known as the “Blue Army.” However, Perry and Whitford left due to drug abuse and internal issues. This led to the band’s struggle and their 1982 album Rock in a Hard Place didn’t perform as well as their previous hits.
In 1984, Perry and Whitford rejoined Aerosmith. They released Done with Mirrors (1985) after a comeback tour, but it didn’t sell well. They didn’t reach their previous level of fame until a 1986 collaboration with the rap group Run-D.M.C. on a remake of “Walk This Way” and the 1987 multi-platinum LP, Permanent Vacation. The band went on extensive concert tours in the late 1980s and early 1990s, winning awards for songs from the albums Pump (1989), Get a Grip (1993), and Nine Lives (1997). They had big hits like “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Angel,” “Rag Doll,” and more. They also made popular music videos and appeared in movies, TV shows, and video games. In 1998, they had their first number-one hit with “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from the Armageddon soundtrack. They opened a roller coaster attraction at Walt Disney World the following year. They made an astonishing comeback. They released albums in 2001, 2004, and 2012. They even had their own video game in 2008. After 50 years, the band is still performing live and releasing music. They have a concert residency in Las Vegas since 2019, which was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic but restarted in September 2022.
Aerosmith is the most successful American hard rock band ever. They sold over 150 million records worldwide, with 85 million in the US. They have the most certifications by an American group and tied for the most multi-platinum albums. They have 25 gold, 18 platinum, and 12 multi-platinum albums. They had 21 US Hot 100 Top 40 songs, nine Mainstream Rock number one hits, and won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were ranked 57 and 30 on Rolling Stone’s and VH1’s lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. They won the MusiCares Person of the Year award in 2020. Tyler and Perry were elected into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.
|Done with Mirrors|
|Rock in a Hard Place|
|Night in the Ruts|
|Draw the Line|
|Toys in the Attic|
|Get Your Wings|
Frequently Asked Questions
How many number-one hits has Aerosmith had?
Aerosmith has had 21 No 1 hits on the Billboard charts. They’ve rocked the charts with their incredible music.
Which album by Aerosmith sold the most?
Aerosmith’s top-selling album is “Get a Grip.” It came out in 1993 and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
What’s Aerosmith’s most famous song?
Aerosmith’s most famous song is “Dream On.” It came out in 1973 and was a big hit, reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Dream On” is played a lot on classic rock radio and is one of the band’s most well-known songs.