500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Aerosmith, 'Walk This Way'
Writers: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
Producer: Jack Douglas
Released: Dec. '76, Columbia
17 weeks; No. 10
The inspiration? A Mel Brooks gag from Young Frankenstein. When they saw the film on a late-night break from recording, they laughed so hard that Tyler wrote the lyrics the next day — then left them in the back seat of a cab and had to rewrite them in the stairwell of the studio. Perry fashioned the funky riff in the style of the New Orleans band the Meters so that, as he said, “we don’t have to cover James Brown.”
Appears on: Toys in the Attic (Sony)