6. 'Permanent Vacation'
Aerosmith wrote all the songs on Done With Mirrors by themselves, but when it came time for a follow-up record they worked with outside songwriters like Desmond Child and Holly Knight. It worked better than anyone could have imagined. Songs like "Rag Doll," "Angel" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" — all written with the help of outsiders — were absolute smashes. MTV put their videos into heavy rotation and kids that were barely out of diapers when "Walk This Way" first hit were rushing to basketball arenas to see Aerosmith live. It was one of the most remarkable comebacks in rock history, though some hardcore fans thought the new songs were cheesy. Still, for every one old song they lost they gained about 50 new ones.