Greatest Hits (Aerosmith album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 11, 1980
Recorded1972 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]
GenreHard rock, blues rock
ProducerAdrian 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 on November 11, 1980. It went multi-platinum and contained the songs that made the band an icon of the 1970s rock era. Although the official website for Aerosmith lists the release for Greatest Hits as October 1980[1] and the album was originally scheduled for release on October 24, 1980,[3] it was delayed until November 11, 1980.[4]

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.

On April 21, 1997[5], a slightly revised version, Greatest Hits 1973–1988, was released outside the U.S.A., 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
Allmusic5/5 stars [6]
Robert ChristgauA− [7]

Track listing[edit]

Original version[edit]

Side one
1."Dream On" (from Aerosmith, 1973)Steven TylerAdrian Barber4:28
2."Same Old Song and Dance" (Single version) (from Get Your Wings, 1974)Tyler, Joe PerryJack Douglas, Ray Colcord3:04
3."Sweet Emotion" (Single version) (from Toys in the Attic, 1975)Tyler, Tom HamiltonDouglas3:15
4."Walk This Way" (Slightly edited version) (from Toys in the Attic)Tyler, PerryDouglas3:33
5."Last Child" (from Rocks, 1976)Tyler, Brad WhitfordDouglas, Aerosmith3:28
Side two
1."Back in the Saddle" (from Rocks)Tyler, PerryDouglas, Aerosmith4:41
2."Draw the Line" (from Draw the Line, 1977)Tyler, PerryDouglas, Aerosmith3:24
3."Kings and Queens" (Single version) (from Draw the Line)Tyler, Whitford, Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Jack DouglasDouglas, Aerosmith3:48
4."Come Together" (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Original Soundtrack, 1978)John Lennon, Paul McCartneyDouglas, George Martin3:47
5."Remember (Walking in the Sand)" (from Night in the Ruts, 1979)George MortonGary Lyons, Aerosmith4:05
Total length:37:32

Track listing - 1997 reissue[edit]

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

1."Dream On"  4:26
2."Mama Kin" (from Aerosmith)TylerBarber4:27
3."Same Old Song and Dance"  3:03
4."Seasons of Wither" (from Get Your Wings)TylerDouglas, Colcord4:57
5."Sweet Emotion"  3:13
6."Walk This Way"  3:32
7."Big Ten Inch Record" (from Toys in the Attic)Fred WeismantelDouglas2:15
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)Tyler, Jimmy Crespo, Richard SupaLyons, Aerosmith4:28
15."Chip Away the Stone" (from Gems, 1988)SupaDouglas4:01
16."Sweet Emotion" (David Thoener remix - from Pandora's Box Single, 1991; original version from Toys in the Attic)Tyler, HamiltonDouglas4:36
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.[8]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[10] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 11× Platinum 11,000,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog # Notes
United States November 11, 1980 Columbia LP / 8-Track / Cassette FC 36865 / FCA 36865 / FCT 36865 Barcode
United States July 1983 Columbia LP / Cassette PC 36865 / PCT 36865 Barcode, "The Nice Price"[12]
United States May 1986 Columbia CD CK 36865 scheduled for release in approximately December 1984 but delayed 17 months; reissued August 30, 1988; reissued October 20, 1990[13][14][15][16]
United States September 7, 1993 Columbia CD / Cassette CK 57367 / CT 57367 20-Bit Digital Mastering 1993; scheduled for release on August 24, 1993 but delayed 2 weeks[17]
United States September 14, 1993 Columbia MiniDisc CM 57367 20-Bit Digital Mastering 1993; scheduled for release on August 24, 1993 but delayed 3 weeks[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Pandora's Box (CD liner). Aerosmith. United States: Columbia Records. 2002 [1991]. C3K 86567.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Greatest Hits (CD liner). Aerosmith. United States: Columbia Records. 1993 [1980]. CK 57367.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Aerosmith's greatest hits".
  4. ^ "Aerosmith's Greatest Hits".
  5. ^ "Greatest Hits 1973-1988".
  6. ^ Prato, Greg. "Allmusic Review". Retrieved 2011-06-15.
  7. ^ "Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
  8. ^ "Aerosmith - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Aeromsith – Greatest Hits". Music Canada.
  10. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Aerosmith – Greatest Hits" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Aerosmith – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  12. ^ Billboard July 23, 1983, page 23
  13. ^ Based off the "DIDP 20145" mastering number and Billboard December 15, 1984, page 25
  14. ^ Based off of the Schwann CD Catalog
  15. ^ "Aerosmith - Greatest Hits".
  16. ^ "Greatest Hits".
  17. ^ "Greatest Hits".
  18. ^ "Greatest Hits MiniDisc".

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