Aerosmith - Worst to best

Here to talk about Aerosmith. Let's dive into their discography with my personal worst to best.
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14. "Rock in a Hard Place" (1982)
After the departure of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford (replaced by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay), Aerosmith released "Rock in a Hard Place," an album that struggled to capture the magic of their earlier work. It's not all bad but it lacks magic (who says Joe Perry?)

13. "Night in the Ruts" (1979)
"Night in the Ruts" suffered from the band's internal struggles and drug problems. Despite this, it has some good tracks like "No Surprize" and a cover of The Shangri-Las' "Remember (Walking in the Sand)," showing Aerosmith's energy even in turbulent times.

12. "Done with Mirrors" (1985)
Considered a comeback album after the return of Perry and Whitford, "Done with Mirrors" still lacks of something. It has its highlights, such as "Let the Music Do the Talking," and overall it's not a bad album but it will be very far away of the quality of the next few albums to come (see higher positions in the chart).

11. "Just Push Play" (2001)
In the early 2000s, Aerosmith tried a more modern sound and approach with "Just Push Play." There are great tracks like "Jaded" (I still love it) and the ballad "Fly Away from Here" but honestly I don't like at least half of the album.

10. "Draw the Line" (1977)
Following the massive success of "Rocks," "Draw the Line" continued Aerosmith's career on that style. There are a few great one like the title track and "Kings and Queens", but I don't find this one as inspired as other album (especially the already mentioned predecessor, which we will find scrolling down).

9. "Music from Another Dimension!" (2012)
Released after an 11-year gap since their last studio album, "Music from Another Dimension!" shows Aerosmith trying to recapture their old glory. I find it a little too long but I find some tracks very inspired, like "Street Jesus"  and the ballads " What Could Have Been Love" and "Another Last goodbye" with a spectacular Steven Tyler.

8. "Aerosmith" (1973)
Their debut album! It features a masterpiece like "Dream On" (one of their most famous songs, the most streamed on Spotify) and great songs like "Mama Kin" (Guns n' Roses used to play this one in their setlists). Overall a good debut, but the band is still unsure about their direction. 

7. "Get Your Wings" (1974)
While their debut has a masterpiece (Dream on), this second album probably doesn't have, Get your wings see the band more focused on their direction. It has great tracks like "Same Old Song and Dance", "Train Kept a Rollin'" and "Seasons of Wither." 

6. "Nine Lives" (1997)
"Nine Lives" marked Aerosmith's return to the spotlight after a few quiet years (yes, there are lots of gaps in their career). The album features hits like "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)", the inspired ballads "Hole in my soul" and "Full Circle" and the pop "Pink" (I love the video) for a solid album and a very good return.

5. "Get a Grip" (1993)
Aerosmith's most commercially successful album, "Get a Grip" spawned hit after hit, from the emotional "Cryin'" and "Crazy" (two of the best videos of the 90s) to the spectacular "Livin' on the Edge.". It's a polished record that perfectly captures Aerosmith's ability to craft radio-friendly rock anthems. Get a grip is almost a greatest hits album with the only con of being a little too long, at least for my taste.

4. "Rocks" (1976)
A great album with the explosive opener "Back in the Saddle" to the gritty "Last Child," and with a  beautiful closing track "Home tonight". I find this album enjoyable from start to finish and overall very inspired. I like the cover too! 

3. "Permanent Vacation" (1987)
The album that marked Aerosmith's comeback, "Permanent Vacation" catapulted them back into the mainstream with hits like "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Rag Doll" and the romantic "Angel" (a fan favourite despite Joe Perry was never a fan of this one). Teaming up with outside songwriters helped the band refine their sound for a new era.

2. "Toys in the Attic" (1975)
Considered one of the greatest rock albums of all time, "Toys in the Attic" is my 70's favourite album by the band. The title track, "Walk This Way" (the original one, not the one with Run Dmc) to the bluesy "Sweet Emotion," almost every track is a classic. This is the third album by the band and one of the most important of their career.

1. "Pump" (1989)
To me, their perfect album. Following the success of "Permanent Vacation," "Pump" solidified Aerosmith's status as rock icons. Tracks like the opener "Young Lust" "Love in an Elevator", "Janie's Got a Gun", "F.I.N.E." to one of their most successful (and my favourite) ballads, the closing "What it takes". I love Pump, their masterpiece, in my opinion in terms of songwriting, consistency, performance and production.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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