500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Run-DMC, 'Walk This Way'
Writers: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
Producers: Rick Rubin,Russell Simmons
Released: May '86, Profile
16 weeks; No. 4
Run-DMC pioneered the use of rock guitar in hip-hop with the tracks "Rock Box" and "King of Rock." But this Aerosmith cover — with help from Tyler and Perry — was a crossover smash, establishing a blueprint for scores of metal-rap mash-ups. For Run, though, it was just another day rhyming. "I made that record because I used to rap over it when I was 12," he told Rolling Stone.
Appears on: Raising Hell (Arista)