Aerosmith owns one of the most successful second acts in rock history. The band from Boston overcame personal demons and line-up changes and regrouped to make their ‘80s and ‘90s every bit as big as their ‘70s.
Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer embraced collaborative songwriting, slick production and perhaps most importantly, MTV, to add a new generation of fans to the die-hards who had been there since the beginning.
Many of Aerosmith’s music videos were as memorable as the songs themselves, telling stories with performances, drama, sex and humor. Check out our list of the 9 best Aerosmith music videos of all time.
Joe Perry nailed a guitar solo in the desert a few years before Slash did the same in Guns N' Roses' video for "November Rain." The clip for "Angel" is otherwise unremarkable but it, along with "Rag Doll" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" helped Aerosmith complete their comeback.
Mila Kunis stars in the surreal clip for the song from Aerosmith's 13th studio album: 2001's Just Push Play. The band performs in the lobby of the historic Los Angeles Theatre.
7. LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR
Aerosmith embraced the raunch of the '80s hair band scene with the video for the lead single from 1989's Pump. Band members are greeted by Playboy model Brandi Brandt as they get on a department store elevator with the line: "2nd floor. Hardware, children's wear, lady's lingerie. Oh, good morning Mr. Tyler, going down?" What happened next prompted some moms to call MTV to complain.
6. SWEET EMOTION
'70s Aerosmith songs like "Dream On," "Back in the Saddle Again" and this classic predated music videos, but the band made up for lost time by producing a video for it years later. The clip goes back and forth between the band performing and phone sex scenes between two people who are revealed to be far different than they say they are.
5. CRYIN' / 4. AMAZING / 3. CRAZY
The trilogy made Alicia Silverstone a star and helped her land the lead in "Clueless." Josh Holloway learned a tough lesson from Alicia in "Cryin'" and then went on to appear in "Lost." Jason London of "Dazed and Confused" fame enjoyed virtual reality chemistry with Silverstone in "Amazing." And Steven Tyler's then-unknown daughter, Liv, was Alicia's partner in crime in "Crazy."
2. JANIE'S GOT A GUN
The dramatic. cinematic style video brings to life the song about a young girl who murders her father after he sexually abuses her. The dark clip was directed by David Fincher, who went on to add movies like "Seven" to his resume. Steven Tyler has since started Janie's Fund to benefit abused and neglected girls.
1. WALK THIS WAY
Their collaboration with Run-DMC on an old favorite helped introduce Aerosmith to a new generation of fans. The band and the rap group act as adversaries at the beginning of the video before coming together for an epic live performance at the end. It helped lay the foundation for rap rock and pushed rap itself into the mainstream.