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Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with vocalist/pianist/harmonicist Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston.

They were signed to Columbia Records in 1972, and released a string of gold and platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album, followed by Get Your Wings in 1974. In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the album Toys in the Attic, and their 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented their status as hard rock superstars. Two additional albums followed in 1977 and 1979. Their first five albums have since attained multi-platinum status. Throughout the 1970s, the band toured extensively and charted a dozen Hot 100 singles. By the end of the decade, they were among the most popular hard rock bands in the world and developed a loyal following of fans, often referred to as the "Blue Army". However, drug addiction and internal conflict took their toll on the band, which led to the departures of Perry and Whitford in 1979 and 1981, respectively; they were replaced by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay. The band did not fare well between 1980 and 1984, releasing the album Rock in a Hard Place, which was certified gold but failed to match their previous successes.

Perry and Whitford returned to Aerosmith in 1984 and the band signed a new deal with Geffen Records. After a comeback tour, the band recorded Done with Mirrors (1985), which won some critical praise but failed to come close to commercial expectations. It was not until the band's collaboration with rap group Run–D.M.C. in 1986, and the 1987 multi-platinum release Permanent Vacation, that they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in the 1970s. In the late 1980s and 1990s, the band scored several hits and won numerous awards for music from the multi-platinum albums Pump (1989), Get a Grip (1993), and Nine Lives (1997), and embarked on their most extensive concert tours to date. The band also became a pop culture phenomenon with popular music videos and notable appearances in television, film, and video games. Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in rock 'n' roll history. Additional albums followed in 2001, 2004, and 2012. Since 2001, the band has toured every year except 2008. After 46 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music.

Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including over 70 million records in the United States alone. With 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, and 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most total certifications by an American group and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American group. The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2013, the band's principal songwriters, Tyler and Perry, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1973 Aerosmith 4.2 12
1973 Make It 1
1974 Get Your Wings 4 7
1975 Toys in the Attic 4.5 17
1976 Rocks 4.5 11
1977 Draw the Line 4.35 9
1979 Night in the Ruts 5 5
1982 Rock in a Hard Place 4 6
1985 Done With Mirrors 5 5
1987 Permanent Vacation 4.6 9
1989 Pump 4.45 13
1993 Get a Grip 3.65 9
1997 Nine Lives 3.35 6
2001 Just Push Play 4 6
2004 Honkin’ on Bobo 4 3
2012 Music from Another Dimension! 5 7
1974 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits 4 13
1988 Gems 9
1991 Pandora’s Box 4
1994 Pandora’s Toys 4 3
1994 Big Ones 4 8
1994 Box of Fire 1
1996 Best Ballads 1
1997 Their Hits 1972-1997 1
2001 The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Aerosmith 1
2001 Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology 2
2002 O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits 8
2005 Gold 2
2006 Devil’s Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith 5 5
2007 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Aerosmith 1
2011 Tough Love: Best of the Ballads 2
2012 Big Ones 1
2015 Up In Smoke 1
Above 1
Aerosmith - The Best OF 1
Ballads 1
Gold Ballads 1
Greatest Ballads 1
Hits in the Attic 1
Millenium Edition 1
New Best Ballads 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Live! Bootleg 6
1986 Classics Live! 3
1988 Classics Live! II 2
1994 1994-06-09: Concierto Básico, Studio 40 Principales, Madrid, Spain 1
1998 Classics Live! Complete 1
1998 A Little South of Sanity 4 4
2004 You Gotta Move 1
2005 Rockin’ the Joint 3

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