Country and rock have often evolved side-by-side, also taking signals from Top 40 radio. So, it is not a complete surprise Aerosmith — one of the defining rock bands of all time — is getting in on the country game. Well, long-haired frontman Steven Tyler is. He has had a special, collaborative relationship with one of country’s queens, Carrie Underwood. The two first teamed up for an intense, but perfectly cool, duet on the 2011 ACM Awards, melding together two of their biggest hits, “Walk This Way” and “Undo It,” respectively. They would later link up for “Can’t Stop Loving You,” a standout cut from the band’s 2012 album Music from Another Dimension.
Then, last year, Tyler dropped the bombshell he would, indeed, be mounting a full-fledged country solo career. His bandmates might not exactly approve of him following such a creative muse, but the rocker seems committed. So much so, that he released his album, Some Town Somewhere, on July 15. With the early release tracks, such as “Only Heaven” and the title cut, it is evident Tyler’s scruffy voice is undeniably rock, with healthy doses of dusty country instrumentation.
To commemorate the release, we thought it was time to walk down memory lane and compile our 10 favorite Aerosmith jams. Dig into our Spotify playlist below:
10 Best Jams From Aerosmith:
“Sweet Emotion” (from 1975’s Toys in the Attic)
“Kings and Queens” (from 1977’s Draw the Line)
“Walk This Way” (from 1975’s Toys in the Attic)
“Love in an Elevator” (from 1989’s Pump)
“Mama Kin” (from 1973’s self-titled)
“Rag Doll” (from 1987’s Permanent Vacation)
“Movin’ Out” (from 1973’s self-titled)
“Janie’s Got a Gun” (from 1989’s Pump)
“Dream On” (from 1973’s self-titled)
“Cryin‘” (from 1993’s Get a Grip)
Honorable Mention: “Toys in the Attic” (from 1975’s Toys in the Attic)