Aerosmith

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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/harmonica player 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 multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album, followed by their 1974 album Get Your Wings. 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. Throughout the 1970s, the band toured extensively and charted a string of 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 resulted in 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 a lone album, Rock in a Hard Place, which went gold but failed to match their previous successes.

Perry and Whitford returned 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 release Permanent Vacation, that they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in the 1970s. Throughout 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 and 2004. The band toured throughout the 2000s, touring every year except 2008. After 44 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music. Their latest album, Music from Another Dimension!, was released in 2012.

Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including 70.2 million albums in the United States alone. With 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, and 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most gold albums by an American group, 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. As the band's principal songwriters, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry received the ASCAP Founders Award and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1973 Aerosmith 3.65 10
1974 Get Your Wings 4 5
1975 Toys in the Attic 4.35 13
1976 Rocks 4 8
1977 Draw the Line 4.5 7
1979 Night in the Ruts 4
1982 Rock in a Hard Place 5
1985 Done With Mirrors 4
1987 Permanent Vacation 4.25 7
1989 Pump 4.15 10
1993 Get a Grip 3.4 6
1997 Nine Lives 3 5
2001 Just Push Play 3.5 5
2004 Honkin’ on Bobo 3
2012 Music from Another Dimension! 5 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1980 Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits Compilation 4 10
1988 Gems Compilation 8
1991 Pandora's Box Compilation 1
1994 Pandora's Toys Compilation 4 3
1994 Big Ones Compilation 4 7
1994 Box of Fire Compilation 1
1996 Best Ballads Compilation 1
2001 The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Aerosmith Compilation 1
2001 Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology Compilation 3
2002 O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits Compilation 7
2005 Gold Compilation 2
2006 Devil’s Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith Compilation 5 5
2007 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Aerosmith Compilation 1
2011 Tough Love: Best of the Ballads Compilation 2
2012 Big Ones Compilation 1
Above Compilation 1
Aerosmith - The Best OF Compilation 1
Ballads Compilation 1
Gold Ballads Compilation 1
Greatest Ballads Compilation 1
Hits in the Attic Compilation 1
Millenium Edition Compilation 1
New Best Ballads Compilation 1
Their Hits 1972-1997 Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1978 Live! Bootleg Live 5
1986 Classics Live! Live 2
1988 Classics Live! II Live 2
1994 1994-06-09: Concierto Básico, Studio 40 Principales, Madrid, Spain Live 1
1998 Classics Live! Complete Live 1
1998 A Little South of Sanity Live 4 3
2004 You Gotta Move Live 1
2005 Rockin' the Joint Live 3
2009 Rock This Way Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1975 Dream On / Sweet Emotion 2
1975 Walk This Way 1

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