10 Best (Underrated) Aerosmith Songs
When I was a senior in high school, I went through a big Aerosmith and Steven Tyler phase. It was a period of my life I’m not particularly proud of, mostly because I was in an unhealthy state at the time. Regardless, Aerosmith helped lift my spirit during that duration and I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for their songs. This is a list of my 8 favorite ones!
1) “Seasons of Wither”
I feel like many people always appreciate Aerosmith songs that have face-melting metal riffs, but don’t often talk about their more simplistic songs. “Seasons of Wither” has simple melodies, but they come together to form a beautiful harmony, wrapped in the sound effects that make the song so original. I love how this song takes you to another place and provides overwhelming emotions. When I listen to it, I can feel the cold season of winter outside and hear the whispering wind. The band uses sound effects carefully and expertly, setting the mood for feelings of lethargy and relaxation at the same time.
For some reason this song gets overlooked a lot compared to other popular songs, but I think it’s truly such a meaningful tune. Coincidentally the song relates to me on a personal level and is ultimately a song about hope and recovery. It embodies one of Steven Tyler’s beliefs, a phrase he has been constantly associated with: “Life’s a journey, not a destination.”
3) “Come Together”
So this isn’t an original song, but this particular cover is what made me fall in love with Aerosmith in the first place. Watching the classic movie Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, I thought, “Holy [shrimp]. These guys are ridiculously cool.” Although I love the Beatles, I still think this is the best version of the song to date. The “shhhah!” sound that Steven adds before Joey’s descending tom-toms are genius. Steven Tyler himself was not a fan of this movie, but admitted that the band was the best part of the movie.
4) “Ain’t that a B**ch”
I am a little bias because Nine Lives was the first CD I bought with my hard-earned money, a little after I landed my first job, and a lot of my favorite Aerosmith songs come from that album. I dare you to listen to this song and not get it stuck in your head—it’s a fun song, period.
This song is a little hard to find, but I first encountered it reading Mia Tyler’s biography. The songs is a lullaby for her, and I love the soft whispers of her name surrounded with the soft melody.
6) “Full Circle”
I don’t drink alcohol much but I love how this song, another tune from Nine Lives, makes me feel content with life. It is, at the core, a reminiscent tune that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of an Irish pub. The proof is in the lyrics: “Raise your drinking glass, here’s to yesterday.”
7) “Chip Away the Stone”
When I was in High School, if any of my computer classes had extra free time after we did the classwork of the day, this was one of my frequent jams. This one is just catchy.
8) “Train Kept a-Rolling”
This is one of my dad’s favorite songs. While it is also a cover, and I am just as attached to the original by the Yardbirds, the fact that they can do this cover is just ridiculously impressive.