Greatest Hits (Aerosmith album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Aerosmith
Released November 11, 1980
Recorded 1972 at Intermedia Studios, Boston, Massachusetts; 1973–1977 and 1979 at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York; February–March 1976 and August 1978 at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Massachusetts; June–October 1977 at the Cenacle, Armonk, New York; 1979 at Media Sound, New York City, New York[1]
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 37:15
Label Columbia
Producer Adrian Barber, Jack Douglas, Ray Colcord, Aerosmith, George Martin, Gary Lyons[2]
Aerosmith compilation chronology
Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits 1973–1988
Album art of 1997 revised version
Album art of 1997 revised version

Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits compilation album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released by Columbia Records in October 1980.[1] It went multi-platinum and contained the songs that made the band an icon of the 1970s rock era.

Some of the tracks were significantly edited from their original versions. The single version of "Same Old Song and Dance" was used, and was edited down almost a full minute. It also contained an alternate lyric which wasn't heard on Get Your Wings. The original lyric was "Gotcha with the cocaine, found with your gun." The alternate lyric, included on the compilation, was "You shady lookin' loser, you played with my gun." "Sweet Emotion" also used the single version; it begins with the first chorus, cutting out the now famous talk box intro and the coda was replaced with a repeating chorus and fades out. "Kings and Queens" was also edited down, cutting the intro and certain other parts. "Walk This Way" was edited slightly, chanting the first chorus once instead of twice. The other remaining tracks were kept intact.

In 1997, a slightly revised version, Greatest Hits 1973–1988, was released, with the ten tracks in their edited versions retained, with five additional songs from the same era added, plus the 1991 version of "Sweet Emotion" and a live version of "One Way Street".

Greatest Hits is the band's highest RIAA certified album in the United States, having been certified 11x Platinum in 2007.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau A− [4]

Track listing

Original version

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s)[1] Length
1. "Dream On" (from Aerosmith, 1973) Steven Tyler Adrian Barber 4:28
2. "Same Old Song and Dance" (Single version) (from Get Your Wings, 1974) Tyler, Joe Perry Jack Douglas, Ray Colcord 3:04
3. "Sweet Emotion" (Single version) (from Toys in the Attic, 1975) Tyler, Tom Hamilton Douglas 3:15
4. "Walk This Way" (Slightly edited version) (from Toys in the Attic) Tyler, Perry Douglas 3:33
5. "Last Child" (from Rocks, 1976) Tyler, Brad Whitford Douglas, Aerosmith 3:28
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s)[1] Length
1. "Back in the Saddle" (from Rocks) Tyler, Perry Douglas, Aerosmith 4:41
2. "Draw the Line" (from Draw the Line, 1977) Tyler, Perry Douglas, Aerosmith 3:24
3. "Kings and Queens" (Single version) (from Draw the Line) Tyler, Whitford, Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Jack Douglas Douglas, Aerosmith 3:48
4. "Come Together" (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Original Soundtrack, 1978) John Lennon, Paul McCartney Douglas, George Martin 3:47
5. "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" (from Night in the Ruts, 1979) George Morton Gary Lyons, Aerosmith 4:05
Total length: 37:32

Track listing - 1997 reissue

Track details same as Original Version track listing, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Dream On"     4:26
2. "Mama Kin" (from Aerosmith) Tyler Barber 4:27
3. "Same Old Song and Dance"     3:03
4. "Seasons of Wither" (from Get Your Wings) Tyler Douglas, Colcord 4:57
5. "Sweet Emotion"     3:13
6. "Walk This Way"     3:32
7. "Big Ten Inch Record" (from Toys in the Attic) Fred Weismantel Douglas 2:15
8. "Last Child"     3:27
9. "Back in the Saddle"     4:41
10. "Draw the Line"     3:23
11. "Kings and Queens"     3:49
12. "Come Together" Lennon–McCartney   3:45
13. "Remember (Walking in the Sand)"     4:05
14. "Lightning Strikes" (from Rock in a Hard Place, 1982) Richard Supa Lyons, Aerosmith 4:28
15. "Chip Away the Stone" (from Gems, 1988) Supa Douglas 4:01
16. "Sweet Emotion" (David Thoener remix - from Pandora's Box Single, 1991; original version from Toys in the Attic) Tyler, Hamilton Douglas 4:36
17. "One Way Street" (Live) (from Made in America, 1997/2001; original version from Aerosmith) Tyler   6:40
Total length: 1:08:40


Additional musicians


The album reached #53 on the Billboard 200 in 1980, #154 in 1987 and #43 in 2013.[5]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[7] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] 11× Platinum 11,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Pandora's Box (CD liner). Aerosmith. United States: Columbia Records. 2002 [1991]. C3K 86567.
  2. ^ Greatest Hits (CD liner). Aerosmith. United States: Columbia Records. 1993 [1980]. CK 57367.
  3. ^ Prato, Greg. "Allmusic Review". Retrieved 2011-06-15.
  4. ^ "Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
  5. ^ "Aerosmith - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  6. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Aeromsith – Greatest Hits". Music Canada.
  7. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Aerosmith – Greatest Hits" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Aerosmith – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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