Category:Songs written by Steven Tyler
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The following 75 pages are in this category, out of 75 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Steven Tyler – He is known as the Demon of Screamin due to his high screams and his wide vocal range. He is also known for his on-stage acrobatics, during his high-energy performances, Tyler usually dresses in bright, colorful outfits with his trademark scarves hanging from his microphone stand. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Tyler had a drug and alcohol addiction. Tyler and bandmate Joe Perry became known as the Toxic Twins due to their drug abuse, in the wake of this success, Tyler emerged as one of the most enduring rock icons. Since the late 1980s, he has embarked on solo endeavors including guest appearances on other artists music, film and TV roles, authoring a bestselling book. Tyler is included among Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Singers and he was ranked third on Hit Paraders Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. Steven Victor Tallarico was born on March 26,1948, at the Polyclinic Hospital in Manhattan, New York, the family moved to Yonkers when he was about nine years old. The son of Susan Ray, a secretary, and Victor A. Tallarico and his father was of Italian and German descent, while his mother was of Polish and English ancestry. His maternal grandfather, who was from what is present-day Poland and his paternal grandfather, Giovanni Tallarico, was from Cotronei, Calabria, Italy. Steven has one sister named Lynda. Steven attended Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, New York, in 1965, aged 17, Tyler spent time in Greenwich Village, New York, the highlight of which was seeing a Rolling Stones concert. Tyler states that his friends and he hung around for a while, a photo in the bands autobiography Walk This Way shows Tyler standing behind Mick Jagger outside a hotel. Before Aerosmith, Tyler wrote what would one of Aerosmiths signature songs. In 1969, Tyler attended a rock show in Sunapee, New Hampshire, where he first saw future bandmates Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton. Tyler later stated he was struck by their raw power and attitude, around 1970, Tyler, Perry, and Hamilton decided to form a band. Tyler, who had played drums in many of his previous bands, insisted that he be the frontman, Joey Kramer, an old acquaintance of Tylers from New York, was recruited to play drums. Tyler invited his friend, Ray Tabano, to play rhythm guitar. Shortly after relocating to Boston, Tylers dissatisfaction with Tabanos lack of passion and dedication prompted the band to replace Tabano with Brad Whitford
2. Crazy (Aerosmith song) – Crazy is a power ballad performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith and written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Desmond Child. It was the single from their massively successful 1994 album Get a Grip. It was released as a single in 1994 and peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, in the United Kingdom, it was released as a double-A side with Blind Man, which reached #23. The songs lyrics are about a woman who comes and goes, the video for the song was directed by Marty Callner and received heavy rotation on MTV. It was one of the most requested videos of 1994 and it featured the third appearance of Alicia Silverstone in the bands videos, and was the career debut of Stevens then-teenaged daughter Liv Tyler. The decision to cast Liv in the video for Crazy was based on the creators having seen her in a Pantene commercial. The video is film-like and depicts the two as schoolgirls who skip class and run away, driving off in a black Ford Mustang convertible in a similar to the 1991 hit film Thelma & Louise. The two use their looks to take advantage of a service station clerk, and needing money. The video is noteworthy for its risque and sexually suggestive scenes, the video is edited to show the similarities in stage moves of Steven Tyler and daughter Liv. The girls win the competition, then spend the night in a motel. They continue their joyride the following day, where they encounter a young sweaty and they persuade him to join them in their journey, where they all go skinny dipping in a lake. The girls take off with his clothes and leave him behind at the lake, naked, he chases after them, and rejoins them in the convertible. The final seconds of the show the word Crazy spelled out in cursive in the cropland by the still-running tractor. Jason London makes a cameo at the end in a tag scene. A longer directors cut of the video appears on the compilation Big Ones You Can Look At and this version features a few more provocative clips, and a longer, more risque version of the pole-dancing competition scene. It also removes the scene in which the girls abandon the farmer after skinny-dipping with him, both versions of the video include an extra reprise of the chorus which is not included on the album and radio versions. The song was the second highest chart performance for the out of all the singles for Get a Grip. It also earned the band a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1994 and this was the bands second Grammy win for Get a Grip and third overall
3. Eat the Rich (Aerosmith song) – Eat the Rich is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Jim Vallance and it was released as the second single from the bands 1993 album Get a Grip. The song had success on radio, peaking at number five on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In the UK, where the song was the single released from the album, it peaked at number 34. The bands next four singles and correlating videos were able to more mainstream success for the album. The song quickly became a fan favorite, despite not having much mainstream success, the band has played the song several times on the Route of All Evil Tour, despite being generally limited to a 13-song setlist. The song was featured on the bands 1994 Geffen Records-era greatest hits album Big Ones as well as the first song on the live double-album A Little South of Sanity. Intro also features a line from F. I. N. E. *, the video was directed by Greg Vernon and featured acting from John Kalodner. In addition to Amazing, Eat the Rich is featured on Tecmos Dead or Alive 4 video game opening and it was one of the looped songs on Revolution X, Aerosmiths game by Midway Games but it was heard for a short time after playing. Foghat released a cover of Honey Hush, back in 1974, with a similar intro guitar riff as the main riff in Eat the Rich
4. Fever (Aerosmith song) – Fever is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It is from the massively successful 1993 album Get a Grip. It was written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and is the only Tyler/Perry song on Get a Grip written without the aid of song doctors, the song is the fourth track on Get a Grip, and is a hard rocking song, running four minutes and 15 seconds. The song reached #5 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and is one of seven tracks from Get a Grip to make a appearance on any chart. The guitar solo is played by Whitford, Fever debuted at #25 on the U. S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks for the week of September 4,1993 Country music artist Garth Brooks covered the song in 1995, retitled as The Fever. Brooks country rock-generated version featured altered lyrics, describing a rodeo star addicted to his profession, the cover was included on his album Fresh Horses. That albums second single, it peaked #23 on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, Brooks also included the song in his live shows and it appeared on his 1998 album Double Live. The Fever debuted at number 27 on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of November 25,1995, Garth Brooks adaptation of the song was also recorded by American country music artist Chris LeDoux on his 1998 album One Road Man. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
5. Nine Lives (Aerosmith album) – Nine Lives is the twelfth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released March 18,1997. The album was produced by Aerosmith and Kevin Shirley, and was the bands first studio album released by Columbia Records since 1982s Rock in a Hard Place and it peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. One of the singles, Pink, won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Early recordings took place at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida where the worked with producer. It was here that Steven Tyler and Ballard co-wrote the lyrics for Falling in Love, Taste of India, other collaborators including Desmond Child and Taylor Rhodes joined Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry to write additional songs. Child previously collaborated with Aerosmith on such hits as Angel, Crazy, one week before rehearsals, the bands drummer, Joey Kramer went into a deep depression, having grieved the loss of his father a few years prior. With Kramer unavailable to perform, rumours began to speculate that this would result in the breaking up. A session drummer was brought in to play drum tracks until Kramer made a full return, originally set for a summer release in 1996, Columbia Records pushed the album back after becoming dissatisfied with the nine tracks that Aerosmith and Ballard had produced. Further issues occurred in July that same year when the band asked their manager, in his 2014 autobiography Rocks, My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, Joe Perry recounts that Aerosmith felt betrayed by Collins as he would deviously trick the band members against one another. With their long-time manager gone, the band made another decision to replace Ballard with in-house producer Kevin Shirley, Shirley, who previously worked with Journey helped with the albums overtones and instruments, particularly the guitar sounds. In a 1997 MTV Special promoting the making of Nine Lives, Tyler declared, the new sessions began in September 1996 and progressed right through to November. Following the shift-change in production, Kramer recovered from his breakdown, instead of playing his own drum tracks over Ferrones existing tracks, the entire band re-recorded all of the completed tracks with Kramer from scratch. John Kalodner, Columbias A&R executive was also back to supervise the project. Kalodner helped trim the twenty-four songs that had written down to thirteen. The booklet for Nine Lives contains 12 pieces of album art, each picture contains a smaller version of the previous picture within itself. The final picture is included in the first, creating an infinite loop and it was designed by Stefan Sagmeister. The original cover art, inspired by a painting in a book by A. C, bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, featured Lord Krishna dancing on the head of the snake demon, Kāliyā. The Hindu community protested, feeling the artwork was offensive, the band had been unaware of the source of the artwork, and the record company apologized, leading to the next prints removing the art from the cover and booklet
6. Legendary Child – Legendary Child is a single by American hard rock band Aerosmith that was released May 24,2012. The song was written and recorded in 1991 during the initial sessions for the Get a Grip album. However, an instrumental version of the song was played during the Pump Tour in 1990 as part of the Sweet Emotion medley with the Peter Gunn Theme. The song has since been re-worked and is now included on Aerosmiths fifteenth studio album, which was released on November 6,2012. It also appeared in the film G. I, joe, Retaliation, which was originally scheduled for theatrical release in the summer of 2012, but was released on March 28,2013. Aerosmith debuted Legendary Child with a performance of the song on the finale of the television show American Idol on May 23,2012. After the performance, the song was available for digital download. After the release of the single, Aerosmith embarked on the Global Warming Tour with Cheap Trick, the lyrics serve as a retrospective of the bands career. Like other songs by Aerosmith, the lyrics reference to the bands back catalogue. The line But we traded them toys for other joys refers to their album Toys in the Attic and it may also refer to the albums title track of the same name. The line I took a chance at the school dance never knowing wrong from right refers to the songs Walk This Way, one of the bands biggest hits. Both songs first appeared on Toys in the Attic, nick Bassett of The Re-View referred to Legendary Child as a brilliant single that could only be bettered if the frontman’s trademark falsetto was put to greater use. The music video for the song was shot on May 3,2012 and was to feature clips of the band with footage from G. I. Just before performing the song on the American Idol finale on May 23,2012, joe, Retaliation was getting delayed until 2013 so it could be converted to 3D. This resulted in a halt on the release of the video until a decision could be made about what to do. On June 2,2012, actress Alexa Vega announced via Twitter that she would be starring in the video, Tebo continued to tweet through June that the video was done and the release date was in Sonys hands. Finally, on July 10,2012, the video was released via Vevo. The video opens with voice actor Ed Weigle doing a tongue-in-cheek retrospective of the checkered past
7. Let the Music Do the Talking (song) – Let the Music Do the Talking is a song recorded by The Joe Perry Project in 1980 and later re-recorded by the re-united Aerosmith in 1985. It was written by Joe Perry, after guitarist Joe Perry left Aerosmith in 1979, he formed his solo project, aptly titled The Joe Perry Project. He released his first album, Let the Music Do the Talking in 1980, the song was included as the first song and title track of the record. In 1984, Perry and Brad Whitford rejoined Aerosmith, Aerosmith recorded the album Done with Mirrors in 1985. Lead singer Steven Tyler and the band members were quite impressed with Perrys Let the Music Do the Talking. The song was re-recorded by Aerosmith with new lyrics sung by Tyler, the song was issued as a single shortly after the albums release. It became the albums most successful single, peaking at #18 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. A music video for the Aerosmith version of the song was created in 1985, the venues white shirted security guards that appear in the video were actually bouncers recruited earlier in the evening from Bostons now defunct Channel nightclub. The video was directed by Jerry Kramer, the song was a live staple for Aerosmith in the early 1987-88 tour in support of Permanent Vacation. The band has only occasionally rotated the song into the setlist since then, Let the Music Do the Talking was also included on the live album Classics Live II, released in 1987
8. Alapalooza – Alapalooza is the eighth studio album by Weird Al Yankovic, released in 1993. By the completion of his previous album, Off the Deep End and this new album, which would eventually be titled Alapalooza in reference to the music festival Lollapalooza, consisted of seven original songs and five parodies. It produced three singles, Jurassic Park, Bedrock Anthem, and Achy Breaky Song. Jurassic Park was a top five hit on the Canadian magazine The Records single chart, a music video compilation, entitled Alapalooza, the Videos, was released the following year and contained four videos, only two of which were from its eponymous album. Alapalooza met with average to negative reception upon its release, with critics commenting that the album seemed hurried. The video offering received a lukewarm response. By the time production for Off the Deep End was nearing completion, nevertheless, Waffle King was released as a B-side to Off the Deep Ends Smells Like Nirvana single, just in case there wasnt going to be a next album. Yankovic eventually decided to title his new album Alapalooza, a reference to the Lollapalooza music festival, the Yankovic dinosaur in the albums booklet was designed by David Peters, who had worked previously with the singer on the Dare to Be Stupid video. Alapalooza was released on October 5,1993 in the United States, globally, some versions included a notice distinguishing it from the official Jurassic Park film soundtrack, as the two cover designs were similar. The Japanese edition contained a track of Yankovic singing Jurassic Park in Japanese. A music video compilation for the album, entitled Alapalooza, the Videos, was released in February 1994 and contained four videos, only two of which were from Alapalooza. Alapalooza contains seven original songs among its tracks, although Young, Dumb & Ugly and Franks 2000 TV were meant to be stylistic parodies of AC/DC. For the former, Yankovic wanted to parody the heavy metal genre while at the same time avoiding a repetition of what had already been done by Spinal Tap. He ended up disliking the final product because he sang it in a register that was too high for singing voice. The latter was a song about consumerism and modern electronics that described the neighborhoods envy of the characters new television. The song Talk Soup, which is about a man who desires to go on television to tell the world about his life, was originally commissioned as a new theme for the E. Entertainment Television show of the same name, although the producers approved the lyrics and enjoyed the final result, they decided against using it. Yankovic included Harvey the Wonder Hamster, a tune from one of his Al TV appearances
9. Livin' on the Edge – Livin on the Edge is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. The song was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and it was released in 1993 as the first single from the bands commercially successful album Get a Grip. In the UK, the peaked at #19 on the British pop chart in April 1993. The song is one of Aerosmiths most successful attempts at tackling social issues and it reflects on the sorry state of the world, religion, racism, among other things. However, the lyrics in the song also suggest that the world is worth living in. The lyrics also contain a reference to the Yardbirds song, Mister and it is also considered another anti-conservative message with the lyrics Theres something right with the world today, and everybody knows its wrong. According to the bands autobiography Walk This Way, the song was inspired by the 1992 Los Angeles riots, directed by Marty Callner, the video was praised for its groundbreaking theatrical scenes and special effects. The video featured acting by the young Edward Furlong, Livin on the Edge has always remained a staple at Aerosmith concerts ever since its release. During the Get a Grip Tour, lead singer Steven Tyler would often sing a portion of She Cried before going into Livin on the Edge. Dramatic performances, often involving Tyler screaming There aint no life nowhere and then breathing heavily over a bright light, Livin on the Edge was famously performed at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, the 36th Grammy Awards, and at Woodstock 94. Additionally, the performed the song as part of its set at the United We Stand benefit concert held in Washington D. C. shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The song received critical acclaim and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for the year 1993. The popular video for the song earned the band a Viewers Choice award at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, the video was also voted Best Video by Metal Edge readers in the magazines 1993 Readers Choice Awards. The song was parodied by Weird Al Yankovic as Livin in the Fridge on his Alapalooza album Bob Rivers has done a version for his show as Growin in the Fridge on his website. Metalcore band Atreyu covered the song on their Covers of the Damned EP, Livin on the Edge was used as the theme song for the first four seasons of Historys reality television show Ice Road Truckers, from 2007 to 2011. The song is playable on the video game Guitar Hero, Aerosmith and is available as DLC for Guitar Hero 5 and Guitar Hero. The music video was featured in a showing of the Beavis and Butt-Head episode At the Sideshow, before being replaced by Rock On by Michael Damian. It was parodied by Al Yankovic as Living In the Fridge The song is also the song for Supertalk Mississippis The JT Show
10. Aerosmith (album) – Aerosmith is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on January 5,1973 by Columbia Records. The song Walkin the Dog is a cover of a song performed by Rufus Thomas. The single Dream On became an American top ten single when re-released in 1976, Dream On was first released as a single in 1973. The album peaked at number 21 on the Billboard 200 in 1976, the photo at right is the original cover, which misprinted the song Walkin the Dog as Walkin the Dig. When a second pressing of the album was released in 1976, this error was corrected, and this second pressing is the more commonly available version of the LP. When reissued on CD in 1993 as a version, the original first pressing artwork was used. Clive Davis, the president of Columbia, was impressed with the band, although lead singer Steven Tyler had been in several previous groups, most of the band members had never been in a studio before. The band was influenced by many of the British blues/rock bands of the 1960s, including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, the Yardbirds. The album opens with Make It and the opening line, Good evening people, welcome to the show. Somebody is driven by a blues guitar riff and Tylers lyrics tell the story of a character trying to search for the woman of his dreams. Written by Tyler and his friend Steven Emspak, Somebody was released in June 1973 as the B-side to the Dream On single, Dream On was also written by Tyler and became Aerosmiths first major hit and classic rock radio staple. Columbia chose to service Top 40 radio stations with a re-issue of the 3,25 edited version, thus, the song is famous for its building climax to showcase Tylers trademark screams and notable for being the only track on the album that displays Tylers real singing voice. The song is composed in the key of F minor, in the authorized Stephen Davis band memoir Walk This Way, Tyler speaks at length about the origins of the songs, Make It - I wrote Make It in a car driving from New Hampshire to Boston. Theres that hill you come to and see the skyline of Boston, Somebody - Somebody grew out of a lick that our roadie Steve Emsback used to play on his guitar during the days of William Proud. I grabbed it and wrote the lyrics, Dream On - The music for Dream On was originally written on a Steinway upright piano in the living room of Trow-Rico Lodge in Sunapee, maybe four years before Aerosmith even started. I was seventeen or eighteen. It was just this little thing I was playing, One Way Street - One Way Street was written on piano at 1325, with rhythm and the harp coming from Midnight Rambler. Mama Kin - One day I grabbed this old guitar Joey Kramer found in the garbage on Beacon Street and it had snow on it and was so warped you could shoot arrows with it. I wedged it between the door and let it dry for a week
11. Toys in the Attic (album) – Toys in the Attic is the third studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on April 8,1975 by Columbia Records. Its first single release, Sweet Emotion, was released a month later on May 19, the album is their most commercially successful studio LP in the US, with eight million copies sold, according to the RIAA. Steven Tyler said that his idea for the album cover was a teddy bear sitting in the attic with its wrist cut. They decided, in the end, to put all of the animals in instead, the album was ranked #229 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Walk This Way and the title track are part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 500 Songs that Shaped Rock. For Aerosmiths previous album, 1974s Get Your Wings, the band working with record producer Jack Douglas. In the liner notes to the 1993 reissue of Greatest Hits it was said by an member of the group that they nailed the album. At the beginning of 1975 the band started working at The Record Plant in New York City for the album that became Toys in the Attic. The sessions for Toys were produced by Douglas without Colcord - the album was engineered by Jay Messina with assistant engineers Rod OBrien, Corky Stasiak, the songs for Toys were recorded with a Spectrasonics mixing board and a 16-track tape recorder. By this point, Aerosmith had fully matured as a band, according to producer Jack Douglas, Aerosmith was a different band when we started the third album. Theyd been playing Get Your Wings on the road for a year and had better players - different. It showed in the riffs that Joe and Brad brought back from the road for the next album, Toys in the Attic was a much more sophisticated record than the other stuff theyd done. In the band memoir Walk This Way, guitarist Joe Perry concurs, When we started to make Toys in the Attic, preproduction took place in the attic at Angel Studios in Ashland, Massachusetts. Aerosmiths third album includes some of their best known songs, including Walk This Way, Sweet Emotion, Walk This Way starts out with a two measure drum beat intro by Joey Kramer, followed by the well known guitar riff by Joe Perry. The song proceeds with the main riff made famous by Perry, the song continues with rapid fire lyrics by Steven Tyler. The song originated in December 1974 during a sound check when Aerosmith was opening for The Guess Who in Honolulu, during the sound check, Perry was fooling around with riffs and thinking about The Meters, a group guitarist Jeff Beck had turned him on to. Loving their riffy New Orleans funk, especially Cissy Strut and People Say, the guitar riff to what would become Walk This Way just came off hands. Needing a bridge, he, played another riff and went there, but I didnt want the song to have a typical, boring 1,4,5 chord progression
12. Amazing (Aerosmith song) – Amazing is a power ballad performed by the American hard rock band Aerosmith. Don Henley lends his vocals shadowing lead singer Steven Tyler in parts of this song and it was written by Tyler and a longtime band friend and collaborator Richie Supa. It peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #9 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart, and #57 in the UK. On the album Get a Grip, as soon as the song ends, Tyler says, 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. Millinders orchestra plays as the music fades out, the video for the song, directed by Marty Callner, is well known for its depiction of digital technology and was the second appearance of Alicia Silverstone in the bands videos. Paired with her was Jason London, star of Dazed and Confused, a film which was released in the year as Get a Grip. The characters appear in the video as two cyberspace kids who escape to a world of virtual reality together, neither realizing the other is also in virtual reality. The head-mounted display worn by London in the video was manufactured by Liquid Image, in the virtual dream world, the two embark on a motorcycle journey and sky-dive, as well as engage in a steamy makeout session. At the end of the video, it is discovered that it was Silverstone who was engaging in the virtual fantasy, the video version of the song was extended by 52 seconds at the end, where two loops were inserted. Perry suffered a head injury during the making of the video. It is written by Steven Tyler, with assistance from the songwriter and former bandmate Richie Supa. It tells about his life and drug abuse after the band broke up. The 1987 comeback album, Permanent Vacation, and its title track were mentioned in the lyrics for Amazing