One of the greatest American rock bands of all time, Aerosmith raised the bar for hard rockers in the 1970s and shocked the music world with a massive comeback in the late 1980s. More than three years ago, I gave the band the “Ultimate Mixtape” treatment, picking my favorite song from each album released by the group.
Countless artists have offered up their renditions of the Bad Boys of Boston’s greatest hits. In this Ultimate Mixtape, I will attempt to collate some of the greatest and most interesting Aerosmith songs covered by other bands. I’m sticking only to officially released songs, and my personal preference is to avoid live versions. While tribute albums are fair game, only one song per tribute is allowed on this compilation. Further, no artists will be duplicated, and each song will only be represented once. So hit play on the YouTube videos below, click the links to buy some records, and rock out like you’ve never rocked out before!
JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Aerosmith covered edition
- “Walk This Way” (Run DMC, Raising)
- “Sweet Emotion” (Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon, Sixty Six Steps)
- “Dream On” (Ronnie James Dio and Yngwie Malmsteen, Not The Same Old Song & Dance)
- “Toys in the Attic” (R.E.M., Dead Letter Office)
- “Same Ol’ Song and Dance” (Black ‘n Blue, Without Love)
- “Seasons of Wither” (Tesla, Real to Reel, Vol. 2)
- “Draw the Line” (Testament, Signs of Chaos: The Best of Testament)
- “Back in the Saddle” (Sebastian Bach featuring Axl Rose, Angel Down)
- “Rock in a Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)” (Puny Human, Revenge is Easy)
- “SOS (Too Bad)” (Eric Singer Project, ESP)
- “Fever” (Garth Brooks, Fresh Horses)
- “Cryin'” (Otis Clay, Sweet Emotion: Songs of Aerosmith – Blues on Fire)
- “Living in the Fridge” (Weird Al Yankovic, Alapalooza)
One of the greatest bands in the history of American rock and roll, Aerosmith is a name synonymous with classic rock. The group’s early catalog is vastly superior to the material they have produced in the last twenty years, but there are a few recent gems as well. Since the best band from Boston is coming to Cincinnati this Tuesday, I thought it only fitting to give them the “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape” treatment. If you’re not familiar with “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape,” there are a few rules:
- Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
- That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the band to promote said album.
- Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixes of songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
- As for live albums, well, I’ve changed my mind a bit over time. I used to say they were a waste of time, but when a band has several strong songs on one album, sometimes a live album is the only way to sneak more than one of them on the Ultimate Mixtape tracklist.
So let’s do this…
JT’s Ultimate Mistape: Aerosmith edition
- “Dream On” (Aerosmith, 1973)
- “Same Old Song and Dance” (Get Your Wings, 1974)
- “Walk This Way” (Toys in the Attic, 1975)
- “Back in the Saddle” (Rocks, 1976)
- “Kings and Queens” (Draw the Line, 1977)
- “Sweet Emotion” (Live! Bootleg, 1978)
- “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” (Night in the Ruts, 1979)
- “Lightning Strikes” (Rock in a Hard Place, 1982)
- “Let the Music Do the Talking” (Done with Mirrors, 1985)
- “Train Kept A-Rollin'” (Classics Live!, 1986)
- “Rag Doll” (Permanent Vacation, 1987)
- “Draw the Line” (Classics Live! II, 1987)
- “Chip Away the Stone” (Gems, 1988)
- “Dulcimer Stomp/The Other Side” (Pump, 1989)
- “On the Road Again” (Pandora’s Box, 1991)
- “Crazy” (Get a Grip, 1993)
- “Walk On Water” (Big Ones, 1994)
- “Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)” (Nine Lives, 1997)
- “Angel” (A Little South Of Sanity, 1998)
- “Jaded” (Just Push Play, 2001)
- “Girls of Summer” (O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits, 2002)
- “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Honkin’ on Bobo, 2004)
- “No More No More” (Rockin’ the Joint, 2005)
- “Sedona Sunrise” (Devil’s Got A New Disguise, 2006)
- “Out Go The Lights” (Music From Another Dimension!, 2012)
Of course, every decent compilation needs a bonus disc. Aerosmith has been included on a number of movie soundtracks, while Joe Perry and Steven Tyler have several side projects and guest spots on other artists’ releases. Here are some of the more notable…
- “Come Together” (from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1978)
- Gene Simmons (with Joe Perry) “Radioactive” (Gene Simmons, 1978)
- David Johansen (with Perry) “Cool Metro” (David Johansen, 1978)
- The Joe Perry Project “Shooting Star” (Let the Music Do the Talking, 1980)
- Whitford/St. Holmes “Sharpshooter” (Whitford/St Holmes, 1981)
- Run D.M.C. (with Steven Tyler and Perry) “Walk This Way” (Raising Hell, 1986)
- “Dude (Looks Like a Lady) Extended Rockin’ Dude Mix” (Vacation Club, 1988)
- “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” (Less Than Zero Soundtrack, 1988)
- Alice Cooper (with Perry) “House of Fire” (Trash, 1989)
- Mötley Crüe (with Tyler) “Slice of Your Pie” (Dr. Feelgood, 1989)
- “Love Me Two Times” (Air America Soundtrack, 1990)
- “Head First” (B-side of “Cryin’,” 1993)
- “Don’t Stop” (B-side of “Livin’ On The Edge,” 1993)
- “Deuces Are Wild” (The Beavis And Butt-Head Experience, 1994)
- “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Armageddon: The Album, 1998)
- Bob Marley (with Tyler and Perry) “Roots, Rock, Reggae” (Chant Down Babylon, 1999)
- “Angel’s Eye” (Charlie’s Angels: Music from the Motion Picture, 2000)
- Pink (with Tyler and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora) “Misery” (Missundaztood, 2001)
- Steven Tyler and Joe Perry “I’m a King Bee” (Lightning in a Bottle, 2004)
- Bon Jovi (with Perry) “Last Chance Train” (100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong, 2004)
- Santana (with Tyler) “Just Feel Better” (All That I Am, 2005)
- Joe Perry “Push Comes To Shove” (Joe Perry, 2005)
- David Hull (with Perry) “Soul In Motion” (Soul In Motion, 2010)
- Steven Tyler “(It) Feels So Good” (single, 2011)
Wow, that’s a lot of material there, both in the official release category and the “bonus tracks.” Did I miss anything important? What songs would you replace in your own Ultimate Mixtape?
Check out prior editions of “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape”:
- Black Sabbath
- Def Leppard
- KISS covers
- Led Zeppelin
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Mötley Crüe
- Ozzy Osbourne
- Van Halen
Who should be next?
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