Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)

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"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Nine Lives
B-side "Fall Together"
Released February 11, 1997
Format Cassette, CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, rock n roll
Length 3:26
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Steven Tyler
Joe Perry
Glen Ballard
Producer(s) Kevin Shirley
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Nine Lives"
"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"
"Hole in My Soul"

"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and record producer/writer Glen Ballard. Glen Ballard had originally been the producer and a songwriting collaborator for the Nine Lives album, but was replaced by Kevin Shirley halfway through the recording process of Nine Lives.


"Falling in Love" was released as the first major single from Nine Lives in 1997. The song is certainly a rocking number, yet maintains the mainstream appeal found in the former Get a Grip singles. The horns arrangements were written by Steven Tyler and David Campbell.

Lead singer Steven Tyler got the inspiration for the title off a bumper sticker he saw a few years previously. The line "But you like the way I hold the microphone" was a reference to an almost identical line in The Rolling Stones' 1965 song "The Spider and the Fly".

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by Michael Bay, and had a surreal landscape described as "12 Monkeys meets Brazil", which was meant to parody grunge videos. Many supermodels, such as Angie Everhart, are featured dressed as nurses, dominatrices and princesses.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Falling in love" (LP version) 3:25
2. "Fall together" (LP version) 4:38
3. "Sweet emotion" (LP version) 4:34
4. "Seasons of wither" (LP version) 5:39


The song was a popular radio hit around the world, reaching #35 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart (where it remained for five weeks), #2 in Canada, #22 on the UK Singles Chart, and #46 in Australia.

Charts Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 35
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 29
Australian Singles Chart 46
Austrian Singles Chart 35
Canadian Singles Chart 2
Finnish Singles Chart 7
German Singles Chart 40
Polish Singles Chart[2] 11
Spain (AFYVE)[3] 1
Swedish Singles Chart 23
Swiss Singles Chart 22
UK Singles Chart 22


The single was certified gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 copies in the U.S. This is the band's third gold single.

The video for the song won the band a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video in 1997.


  1. ^ SPIN - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  3. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
Preceded by
"One Headlight" by The Wallflowers
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
March 8 – April 5, 1997
Succeeded by
"Precious Declaration" by Collective Soul