[[caption-width-right:350:Aerosmith in recent years. From left to right: Brad Whitford, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer.]]

->''Sing with me, sing for the year''\\
''Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear''\\
''Sing with me, if it's just for today''\\
''Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away''
-->"Dream On"

Aerosmith is an American hard rock band, sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys From Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock And Roll Band." Their style, rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, glam, and rhythm and blues, which has inspired many subsequent rock artists. The band was formed in [[HollywoodNewEngland Boston, Massachusetts]] in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with singer Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. By 1971, Brad Whitford had replaced Tabano, and the band began developing a following in Boston. Their first gig under the name Aerosmith was at Mendon Nipmuc High School.

After a gig at Max's Kansas City, they signed a deal with Creator/ColumbiaRecords and released a string of multi-platinum albums on the label, beginning with their eponymous 1973 debut album (their song "No Surprize" describes this series of events). 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. By the end of the 1970s, they were among the most popular hard rock bands in the world and developed a loyal following of fans, often referred to as the "[[FanCommunityNicknames Blue Army]]."

Drug addiction and internal conflict took their toll on the band, which resulted in the departures of Perry and Whitford in 1979 and 1981 respectively; Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay replaced them. The band did not fare well between 1980 and 1984, releasing a lone album - ''Rock In A Hard Place'' - which went gold but failed to match their previous successes.

Perry and Whitford returned in 1984 and the band signed a new deal with Creator/GeffenRecords, but it wasn't until the band sobered up and did a groundbreaking crossover duet with rap group Music/RunDMC of their old song, "Walk This Way," that things began to turn around; the success of the song catapulted Aerosmith back into the limelight, and it helped rocket rap music into the American mainstream in the process. The band released ''Permanent Vacation'' in 1987, which helped solidify their comeback, and all throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, they scored several hits and won numerous awards for music from the multi-platinum albums ''Pump'' (1989), ''Get A Grip'' (1993), and ''Nine Lives'' (1997). Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in rock 'n' roll history. After over 40 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music.

Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold 150 million albums worldwide, including 66.5 million albums in the United States alone. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group. The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine #1 Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, and ten {{Creator/MTV}} Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and in 2005 they were ranked #57 in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

The band (as a whole) also starred in three video games thus far: the arcade LightGunGame ''VideoGame/RevolutionX'', and a ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' game with their namesake, as well as a short lived virtual music game "Quest For Fame." Apparently, they have made more money off ''Guitar Hero: Aerosmith'' than they have off any of their albums.

The band ran into more problems in the late 2000s. Tensions arose as Tyler took time out to treatment for painkiller addiction and surgery as well as blindsiding the other members by becoming a judge on ''Series/AmericanIdol''. With Tyler & Perry at loggerheads things got to the point where it was reported the band were looking for a new singer, however the band patched things up, are working on a new album and completed a combined South America/Asia tour in late 2011. After recording and touring in 2012, and an ill advised appearance on ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' that threatened to re-ignite old tensions in the band, ''Music From Another Dimension'' their fifteenth studio album was released in November 2012 to mixed reviews before Aerosmith completed the second leg of their tour in December 2012. The band continued to tour over the next couple of years and Tyler released a solo country album in 2015. The band are currently not under contract to any record label. A sixteenth and possibly final studio album is under discussion and the band have embarked on what they say might be their final tour in 2016 - the European dates have been advertised as the final chance to see Aerosmith live in those countries.

!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic''):

* Jimmy Crespo - guitar, vocals (197984)
* Rick Dufay - guitar, vocals (198184)
* '''''Tom Hamilton''''' - bass, guitar, backing and lead vocals, synthesizer (1970)
* '''''Joey Kramer''''' - drums, percussion, vocals (1970)
* '''''Joe Perry''''' - guitar, backing and lead vocals, talkbox, bass, synthesizer (197079, 1984)
* '''Ray Tabano''' - guitar, vocals (197071)
* '''''Steven Tyler''''' - lead vocals, keyboard, guitar, piano, harmonica, percussion, bass, mandolin, organ, drums (1970)
* ''Brad Whitford'' - guitar, vocals (197181, 1984)

!!Studio and Live Discography:
* 1973 - ''Aerosmith''
* 1974 - ''Get Your Wings''
* 1975 - ''Toys in the Attic''
* 1976 - ''Rocks''
* 1977 - ''Draw the Line''
* 1978 - ''Live! Bootleg''
* 1979 - ''Night in the Ruts''
* 1982 - ''Rock in a Hard Place''
* 1985 - ''Done with Mirrors''
* 1986 - ''Classics Live''
* 1987 - ''Classics Live II''
* 1987 - ''Permanent Vacation''
* 1989 - ''Pump''
* 1993 - ''Get a Grip''
* 1997 - ''Nine Lives''
* 1998 - ''A Little South of Sanity''
* 2001 - ''Just Push Play''
* 2004 - ''Honkin' on Bobo''
* 2005 - ''Rockin' the Joint''
* 2012 - ''Music from Another Dimension''
!!"Tropes, tropes, tropes, a-in the attic":

[[AC:Music Tropes]]
* BawdySong: Where should we begin with these?...
** A crowning example of a DoubleEntendre: "Big Ten Inch Record". [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial It's totally NOT about a]] GagPenis. Seriously. It's just about a big 10"... record.
--->Got me the strangest woman\\
Believe me this chick's no cinch\\
But I really get her going\\
When I whip out my big 10 inch...\\
Record of a band that plays the blues
* {{Beat}}: Used to great effect in "Big Ten Inch Record", as noted above.
* BigYes: Given their pechant for the MetalScream, very present. Their catalogue even has a GreatestHitsAlbum and a song named "Oh Yeah".
-->[[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/steven-tyler-on-aerosmiths-new-album-its-the-music-thats-keeping-us-alive-20120717 We play songs that make people feel good, that make people think, "Oh, yeah!"]]
* BeautifulDreamer: "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" is about this.
* BookEnds: ''Music from Another Dimension'' opens and ends with a ''Series/TwilightZone''-esque narration to fit the album title.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: One weird example is "Just Push Play". The song's chorus goes, "Just push play, fuckin' A! Just push play, they gonna bleep it anyway!" The line was obviously written ''counting'' on radio stations censoring the f-bomb. However, they recorded another version of it that changes the line completely: "Just push play, right away! Just push play, we're gonna do it anyway!"
* BreakTheCutie: What happens in the song [[MurderBallad "Janie's Got a Gun"]]. [[AbusiveParents Poor Janie]].
* BrokenRecord: The liner notes for "Round and Round" lists the ending as (x1,000,000). See also the climax of "Livin' On The Edge."
* CallBack: Occasionally their lyrics will reference older songs. "What It Takes," for example, has the line, "Girl, before I met you, I was F-I-N-E fine. But your love made me a prisoner, yeah my heart's been doin' time." "F.I.N.E*" and "Heart's Done Time" are both titles of other Aerosmith songs (the former of which from the same album, even).
** As "F.I.N.E." winds down, Tyler sings a couple of altered lines from "Hangman Jury" (said lines originally from the spiritual "Elijah Rock".)
** "Amazing" goes kind of meta with their CareerResurrection: "That one last shot's ''permanent vacation''!"
** "Simoriah" (1987) mentions the song title "Round and Round", and Steven Tyler briefly duplicates his throaty delivery from that song's chorus.
** "Push Comes to Shove" (1982) mentions the song/album title "Toys in the Attic".
** "Jailbait" (1982) mentions the song title "Bitch's Brew", from the same album.
** "Let the Music Do the Talking" (1985) mentions the song title "Cheesecake", and throws in the primary riff from "Draw the Line".
** "Get It Up" (1977) mentions the song title "Bright Light Fright", which follows it on the album ''Draw The Line''.
** "Legendary Child" (2012) quotes lyrics from both "Walk This Way" and "Adam's Apple".
* CensoredForComedy: The last chorus of "Just Push Play" has "Just push play! Fuckin' A! Just push play! They're gonna *bleep* it anyway", with an actual bleep obscuring the word bleep, while "fuck" is left uncensored. This becomes amusing in radio broadcasts of the song, when BOTH are bleeped.
* CoverAlbum: "Honkin' on Bobo", in which they cover old blues songs.
* CoverVersion: "Walkin' the Dog" (Rufus Thomas, Music/TheRollingStones), "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Tiny Bradshaw, Music/TheYardbirds), "Big Ten Inch Record" (Bull Moose Jackson), "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" (The Shangri-Las), "Come Together", "I'm Down", and "Helter Skelter" (Music/TheBeatles)...
* DarkerAndEdgier: Aerosmith's second album, ''Get Your Wings'', sounds considerably darker lyrically than their debut. (This could also be interpreted as HotterAndSexier, since the edginess is mostly sexual in nature.)
* DefrostingIceQueen: "Chip Away the Stone"
* DrugsAreBad: "Monkey on My Back". Credit for them talking from experience here.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: TropeNamers. The song itself was a ShoutOut/friendly TakeThat to Music/MotleyCrue's Vince Neil.
* DysfunctionJunction: They're kind of legendary for it, and they've been called "America's longest-running dysfunctional family sitcom".
* EatTheRich: The song "Eat The Rich," of course.
* ElevatorGoingDown: "Love in a Elevator". Again, TropeNamer.
* EpicRocking: Unusually for an Aerosmith album, ''Nine Lives'' features several tracks of at least five minutes in length: "Hole in My Soul" (6:10), "Taste of India" (5:53), "Full Circle" (5:00), "Ain't That a Bitch" (5:25), and "Fallen Angels" (8:16).
** Their debut includes the seven-minute-long "One Way Street".
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: "Monkey on my Back".
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Young Lust" segues into "F.I.N.E.*" in ''Pump''. ''Get Your Wings'' has the cheering that ends "Train Kept-A-Rollin'" continuing onto "Seasons of Wither" (where it then fades into the wind blowing).
* FakeOutFadeOut: "Critical Mass", from their 1977 album ''Draw the Line''.
* FunWithAcronyms: "F.I.N.E.[[labelnote:*]]Fucked up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional[[/labelnote]]" (yes, the asterisk is part of the title)
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several
* HerHeartWillGoOn: "What It Takes", from the perspective of the dumped guy.
* HighSchoolDance: "Walk This Way"
* HypocriticalHumor: One may think this of the song "Eat the Rich," given that by the time ''Get A Grip'' was released the band were all multimillionaires, but it's ultimately subverted. The song rails against trust-fund babies who squander their inherited wealth, while the members of Aerosmith come from fairly humble, working-class roots and didn't become wealthy until the band hit it big.
* ImAHumanitarian: "EatTheRich". [[MindScrew Though the lyrics make it a little hard to tell if that's ''really'' what it's about]].
* IntercourseWithYou: Many, many songs, most notably "Walk this Way" and "Love in an Elevator".
* LastSecondWordSwap: Subverted in "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)", although it would have rhymed either way:
-->''My fantasize it must be out of luck''\\
''My old libido has been blowing a transistor''\\
''I feel like I have been hit by a [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]]''
* LoveHurts: "Falling In Love (Is Hard On the Knees)".
* MarilynManeuver: The cover of the ''Just Push Play'' album depicts a {{Fembot}} in a dress doing this.
* MetalScream: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITR-K1oCKcI Steve is an expert in this.]]
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: Mostly 4-6 given their reliance to talk about sex and hardships. "Janie's Got a Gun" is probably a 8 given it gets dark and murderous.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: The ballads go from 2-4. The regular rock stuff is 5-6 bordering on 7 in case of fast-paced songs such as "Toys in the Attic".
* MotorMouth: The verses of "Walk This Way".
* MurderBallad: "Janie's Got A Gun"
* NakedInMink: From "Crazy":
--> "But I know you ain't wearin' nothing underneath that overcoat\And it's all for show"
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Permanent Vacation'' saw the band employing outside songwriters for the first time and switching to the slicker, poppier, MTV-ready sound that would distinguish their later-period work.
* PowerBallad: Quite a few, including "Dream On", "Crazy" and "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing".
** Even before these were their second standard for hits, they had songs like "You See Me Crying" and "Home Tonight".
* PrecisionFStrike: A few songs. "Monkey On My Back" and "Attitude Adjustment" come to mind. "Just Push Play" is a weird case, since they self-censor most instances of it, but they leave a single F bomb uncovered near the end of the song.
* PunBasedTitle: ''Done with Mirrors'' is a combination of this and DoubleEntendre, signifying that the band were "done" (finished) with drugs (including cocaine, which is typically snorted off of mirrors), while the album cover uses a literal meaning by having the text inverted.
* RapeAndRevenge: "Janie's Got A Gun"
* RearrangeTheSong: "Let The Music Do The Talking" was originally released in 1980 by The Joe Perry Project, the band Perry formed after leaving Aerosmith. When Joe Perry returned to Aerosmith for 1985's ''Done With Mirrors'', the band did their own version: The arrangement was extremely similar to the Joe Perry Project version and the chorus was exactly the same, but Steven Tyler rewrote the verses, altering the vocal melody and using entirely different lyrics.
** A "Rock Mix" of "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" was released as a BSide of the regular version - the main difference is that the string section is de-emphasized in favor of some added lead guitar parts.
* RockstarSong: "Make It" and "Mama Kin" off their SelfTitledAlbum, "No More No More" off ''Toys In The Attic'', "Lick and a Promise" off ''Rocks'', "Legendary Child" off ''Music from Another Dimension'' (this one being specifically about themselves). "Sweet Emotion" has shades of this too.
* {{Scatting}}: Steven does this sometimes.
* SelfBackingVocalist: Frequent, albeit Joe Perry also does backing vocals.
* SelfDeprecation: In "Falling in Love (is Hard on the Knees)", Steven Tyler pokes fun at himself with the line "don't give me no lip, I got enough of my own", referencing his infamously massive mouth and big lips.
** In a similar vein, the caricatures of the band on the cover of ''Draw the Line'' could also count.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their debut.
* ShoutOut: The lines "She was buns up and kneeling / I was wheeling and dealing" in "Girl (Keeps Coming Apart)" were taken from Music/FrankZappa's "Dinah-Moe-Hum".
** "Ain't That a Bitch" has a very subtle one to ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace''.
** "Livin' On The Edge" paraphrases "You're A Better Man Than I" by The Yardbirds ("If you can tell a wise man by the color of his skin, then mister, you're a better man than I").
** "Falling In Love" borrows a lyric from Music/TheRollingStones ("[[DoubleEntendre But you like the way I hold the microphone]]").
* SingerNamedrop: Inverted in "F.I.N.E.*", which features the lyric "And Joe Perry says I'm [[BigWordShout ALRIGHT]]!". Similarly, in concert Steven Tyler has frequently changed the line "I'd stand on the rock Moses done stood" from "Hangman Jury" to "I'd stand on the rock Joe Perry done stood".
* SoundEffectBleep:
** In "Legendary Child", the backing vocals create this effect at one point:
--> Makin' love at seventeen yeah we had the luck\\
but we traded them toys for other joys yeah we didn't give a (woah woah woah).
** In "Just Push Play," they ''count'' on radio stations invoking this. They sing it uncensored in concert, however.
---> ''Just push play, --ckin' A!
---> ''Just push play, they gonna bleep it anyway!
** "Don't Get Mad, Get Even" gets cut off during the chorus at one point, with a series of six bleeps before the music continues normally.
* SpiritualSuccessor: "Rats in the Cellar" (a song from the ''Rocks'' album) was conceived as something of a mirrored version of the previous album's eponymous track, "Toys in the Attic".
* {{Spoonerism}}: ''Night in the Ruts'' (for "[[GroinAttack right in the nuts]]")
* StopAndGo: They do this between the last verse and last chorus in "Livin' on the Edge".
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Joe Perry sings lead on "Bright Light Fright", "Walk on Down", "Falling Off" and two on ''Honkin' on Bobo''. ''Music From Another Dimension!'' has three songs sung by Joe and one by Tom Hamilton.
* TakeThat: Given Tipper Gore's PMRC criticized the band's innapropriate songs, "F.I.N.E.*" (which in a bit of irony, is in an album which Geffen decided not to print the lyrics to avert tension with MoralGuardians) goes "And even Tipper thinks I'm... alright!"
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''Draw the Line''.
* TitleTrack: Half their albums have one (exceptions are the first two, ''Rocks'', ''Night in the Ruts'', ''Done with Mirrors'', ''Pump'', ''Honkin' on Bobo'' and ''Music from Another Dimension'').
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Dude Looks Like a Lady" and "Toys in the Attic".
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: "Dude Looks Like A Lady": "say, love would be nice / she's a love in disguise / she had the body of a Venus / Lord, imagine my surprise!"
* UnusualEuphemism: From "Love In An Elevator": "I'll show you how to fax in the mailroom, honey / And have you home by five!" In fact, they ADORE this trope in their faster songs...
* WrongNameOutburst: Mentioned in the song "Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)": "I was believer when you told me that you loved me / And then you called me someone else's name."

[[AC:Musician Tropes]]
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* AllDrummersAreAnimals: While Joey Kramer is soft-spoken outside the stage, at times he even drops the drumsticks to play with his hands!
* IconicLogo: Which went through some ArtEvolution, as [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71qrR-AxtRL._SL1115_.jpg the cover of]] ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Oh Yeah! The Very Best of Aerosmith]]'' shows.
* LongRunnerLineUp: The classic lineup.
* NoShirtLongJacket: Joe Perry.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: One of the iconic examples, though no drugs since their break-up and reformation in TheEighties. Not for nothing were Steven and Joe called the Toxic Twins. [[Music/TheGratefulDead Jerry Garcia]] once said they were the druggiest bunch of guys he's ever met. ''Jerry Garcia.'' Think about that for a second. After he got clean, Steven Tyler reportedly said, "Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll. Get rid of the drugs, more time for the other two!"
* SkunkStripe: Joe Perry now has it.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: In 1984, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford decided to return. The rest is history.
* VocalEvolution: On the first album, Steven Tyler mainly sings in a lower, bluesier tone of voice, only sounding like his later, more high-pitched self when he breaks into a MetalScream near the end of "Dream On".

[[AC:Music Video Tropes]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Used in the voiceover at beginning of the "Legendary Child" video:
--> "They've overcome ... divorce, drug addiction, stalkers, the music industry, rabid liars, [[EvilLawyerJoke I mean lawyers]], hung juries, ''bad sushi'' ..."
* AxesAtSchool: In the video for "Livin' On The Edge", a high school kid gets into a fight with another guy in the cafeteria and reaches into his backpack apparently for a handgun he brought but instead he takes out a sandwich.
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: The "Crazy" video features Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler in Catholic schoolgirl uniforms at the beginning, until they shed those uniforms for something more revealing.
* ChangedForTheVideo: "Cryin'" had a few repetitions of the chorus line leading into the end of the song to accommodate the video's running time.
* ConceptVideo: "Janie's Got A Gun"; "Livin' On The Edge"; the "Cryin'", "Amazing", "Crazy" trilogy; "Hole in My Soul"; and "Jaded".
* {{Delinquents}}: In the video for "Livin' On The Edge".
* DigitalHeadSwap: In the "Pink" video the band member's faces are put on various random people's bodies.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: ''All over the place'' in the video for "Amazing".
* DreamWithinADream: A variation in "Amazing". The video showed a guy living fantasies by VR with Alicia Silverstone. In the end, it's shown itself to be a VR fantasy of Alicia Silverstone.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: In the opening shot of the "Livin' On The Edge" video features Steven Tyler naked and covering himself with just his hand. [[MindScrew It's also made to look like the right half of his body has been unzipped and then a green man pop out from inside him.]]
* HospitalHottie: Pamela Anderson has a cameo as one in the "Blind Man" video, who gives a spongebath to a teenage boy which causes his [[YourHeadASplode head to a splode]].
* HotForTeacher: Also in the "Livin' On The Edge" video, several male kids show interest in their sexy teacher. The end of the video reveals that it's actually [[AttractiveBentGender a guy in drag]].
* HotMenAtWork: The tractor driver in the "Crazy" video, who catches the attention of Silverstone and Tyler when they drive past him.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Among the people who are "shagging in the elevator" in the "Love In An Elevator" video are a huge man and a female midget.
* HumongousMecha: Two of these are seen fighting in the "Fly Away From Here" video.
* MsFanservice: Alicia Silverstone for three music videos ("Crazy", "Amazing" and "Cryin'"). Liv Tyler was another Ms. Fanservice in the "Crazy" video. Though it seems [[{{Squick}} weird]] that Steven Tyler put his own daughter in a music video as fanservice, she was actually chosen for the video before the casting director knew her father was in the band.
* PerformanceVideo: "Rag Doll", "Love In An Elevator", "The Other Side", "Blind Man", and "What It Takes".
* SchoolgirlLesbians: It's heavily implied that the two girls in the "Crazy" video are this.
* SurrealMusicVideo: "Pink" and "Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)". "Livin' On The Edge" is mostly a ConceptVideo but it also has some surreal imagery as part of the footage of the band performing.
* TalkyBookend: The "Love In An Elevator" video opens with scene of the band walking through a department store and running into a hot employee coming out of the elevator:
--> '''Employee:''' "[[ElevatorFloorAnnouncement Second floor, hardware, children's wear, ladies' lingerie.]] Oh, good morning Mr. Tyler... [[ElevatorGoingDown going down?]]"
--> '''Steven:''' ''*chuckles suggestively*''
** That dialogue also appears on the album version of the song as the sub-track "Going Down".
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" for ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''.

[[AC:Misc Tropes]]
* LicensedGame: ''VideoGame/RevolutionX'', ''Quest for Fame'', and ''VideoGame/GuitarHero: Aerosmith''.
* LivingToys: Depicted in the cover illustration for ''Toys in the Attic''.
* UnfortunateName: Former managers Steven Leber and David Krebs, or Leber-Krebs. According to their autobiography ''Walk This Way'', some German fans wouldn't touch the band's boxes labeled Leber-Krebs, as the names translate in English to [[https://translate.google.com/#auto/en/leber%20krebs liver cancer]].
->"So, from all of us at Aerosmith, to all of you out there wherever you are, remember: the light at the end of the tunnel may be you. Good night."