American rock and roll band Aerosmith began performing in 1970 the Aerosmith discography has eclipsed over 30 albums between their studio efforts, live albums and compilations. Through it all, Aerosmith has changed from a ‘70s styled classic rock band to an ‘80s era glam band and into a legendary performing act today, over 40 years since they first recorded a musical track. While Steven Tyler has seemingly sold out to the machine that is “American Idol,” the band remains committed to recording new songs as they enter their fifth generation as musicians.
- “Aerosmith” The first album in the Aerosmith discography is the self titled debut “Aerosmith.” If there was any question as to whether the band would make it big, it was answered with this effort. The album included tracks that remain the group’s signature tunes over 40 years later. “Dream On” was the biggest track on the debut album but other songs such as “Mama Kin” also remain in play today, proving that, right out of the gate, Aerosmith was destined to be one of the best of all time.
- “Toys in the Attic” The third album in the Aerosmith discography is “Toys in the Attic,” the album that turned the band into major stars, Hitting No. 11 on the U.S. charts, “Toys in the Attic” included songs like “Sweet Emotion,” their first Top 40 smash hit, “Dream On,” their highest charted song to date (No. 6) and “Walk This Way.” All three songs, along with “Dream On” from the first album, remain inarguably four of the band’s greatest hits, regardless of era.
- “Permanent Vacation” Aerosmith faced a downturn in the early ‘80s, starting with Joe Perry and Bradley Whitford leaving the band and culminating with Steven Tyler’s drug rehabilitation. However, the band reunited and, in 1987, released an album that shot them back to the top of the charts in “Permanent Vacation.” This addition to the Aerosmith discography included three major hits: “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Rag Doll” and “Angel.” That was all it took to add the band into the decades growing obsession with hair bands and made them stars again.
- “Get a Grip” – In 1993, 23 years after the band formed, Aerosmith finally hit No. 1 on the U.S. album charts with “Get a Grip.” This addition to the Aerosmith discography presented some of the band’s best music videos, especially for a trio of hits from the album, “Cryin’,” “Crazy” and “Amazing.” Steven Tyler used these videos to also promote his daughter Liv Tyler, who was breaking into acting at the time. This album earned the band two Grammy Awards for their work.
- “Big Ones” – Of course, there is a way to get all the hits in one place if a person doesn’t care about the filler songs. “Big Ones” was a 1994 member of the Aerosmith discography that collected the biggest hits from “Permanent Vacation” through “Get a Grip.” While it doesn’t include the great hits from the ‘70s, it does cover when the band was the most popular and also includes a special edition that has a second disc with those ‘70s songs as well, making that edition the ultimate Aerosmith album.