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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 rock, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. They were 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 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. Draw the Line and Night in the Ruts followed in 1977 and 1979 respectively. Their first five albums have since attained multi-platinum status. Throughout the 1970s, the band toured extensively and charted a dozen Billboard Hot 100 singles, including their first Top 40 hit and signature classic “Sweet Emotion” and the Top 10 hits “Dream On” and “Walk This Way”. 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 Top 40 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. Their biggest hit singles (all of which reached the Top 20) during this time included “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”, “Angel”, “Rag Doll”, “Love in an Elevator”, “Janie's Got a Gun”, “What it Takes”, “Livin' on the Edge”, “Cryin'”, and “Crazy”. The band also became a pop culture phenomenon with popular music videos and notable appearances in television, film, and video games. In 1998, they achieved their first #1 hit with “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from the Armageddon soundtrack and the following year, their own roller coaster attraction opened at Walt Disney World. Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in rock 'n' roll history. Additional albums Just Push Play (which included the Top 10 hit “Jaded”), Honkin' on Bobo (a collection of blues covers), and Music from Another Dimension! followed in 2001, 2004, and 2012 respectively, and in 2008, they released Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, which is considered to be the best-selling band-centric video game. After 49 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music, but is embarking on a farewell tour that will likely last several years. The band will be performing at a residency in Las Vegas in the spring and summer of 2019.

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 band and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American band. The band has scored twenty-one Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine #1 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 at #57 and #30 respectively. In 2013, the band's principal songwriters, Tyler and Perry, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994-08-13: Woodstock Aerosmith 1
1999-12-31: Last Show of the Century: Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan Aerosmith 1
Acoustic Aerosmith 1
Back in the Saddle Aerosmith 1
Back to the Roots Aerosmith 1
California Jam 1978 Aerosmith 1
Europe 1990 Aerosmith 1
Live in Concert Aerosmith 1
Live in Yonkers 1975 Aerosmith 1
Lost In The Great Woods Aerosmith 1
Pump Action Aerosmith 1
Sweet Emotions Aerosmith 1
Toxic Graffiti Aerosmith 1
USA Live 1990 Aerosmith 1
Volume 2: Live USA Aerosmith 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Dream On / Sweet Emotion Aerosmith 5 2
1975 Walk This Way Aerosmith 5 1
1976 Draw The Line / Bright, Light, Fright Aerosmith 1
1985 Darkness Aerosmith 1
1985 My Fist Your Face Aerosmith 1
1987 Angel Aerosmith 3
1987 Dude (Looks Like a Lady) Aerosmith 4
1988 Rag Doll Aerosmith 3
1988 What It Takes Aerosmith 1
1989 Love in an Elevator Aerosmith 3
1989 F.I.N.E. (AOR mix) Aerosmith 1
1989 Janie's Got a Gun Aerosmith 2
1989 The Other Side Aerosmith 4
1991 Sweet Emotion Aerosmith 5 1
1993 Cryin' Aerosmith 2
1993 Amazing Aerosmith 3
1993 Cryin’ Aerosmith 1
1993 Dream On Aerosmith 2
1993 Eat the Rich Aerosmith 1
1993 Livin' on the Edge Aerosmith 4
1994 Crazy / Blind Man Aerosmith 1
1994 Blind Man Aerosmith 1
1994 Crazy Aerosmith 2
1994 Crazy Aerosmith 1
1994 Shut Up and Dance Aerosmith 1
1995 Walk on Water Aerosmith 1
1997 Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees) Aerosmith 4
1997 Hole in My Soul Aerosmith 3
1997 Pink Aerosmith 3
1997 Pink Aerosmith 1
1997 Taste of India Aerosmith 1
1998 I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing Aerosmith 9
1998 What Kind of Love Are You On Aerosmith 1
1999 Pink Aerosmith 1
2001 Jaded / Angel's Eye Aerosmith 2
2001 Jaded Aerosmith 3
2001 Fly Away From Here Aerosmith 3
2001 Sunshine Aerosmith 1
2002 Girls of Summer Aerosmith 2
2012 Legendary Child Aerosmith 1
2012 Lover Alot Aerosmith 1
2012 What Could Have Been Love Aerosmith 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Vacation Club Aerosmith 1
1990 Limited Edition Hits EP Aerosmith 1
1997 Made in America Aerosmith 1

EP + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Full Circle Aerosmith 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Talk This Way Aerosmith 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Maximum Aerosmith: The Unauthorised Biography of Aerosmith Aerosmith 1

Broadcast + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Flying Rocks Again 28-11-2011 Aerosmith 1
2011 Flying Rocks Again 30-11-2011 Aerosmith 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Stroll On Aerosmith 1
2004 You Gotta Move Aerosmith 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits - Best of the Best Aerosmith 1
2000 MTV Music History Aerosmith 1
2004 The Collection: Presenting 3 Original Album Classics Aerosmith 1
2017 The Boys From Boston (The Early Years 1973 - 1976) Aerosmith 1
Aerosmith / Guns N’ Roses Aerosmith / Guns N’ Roses 1
Greatest Hits Aerosmith 1

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