.

Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Aerosmith Songs of All Time

Your picks include 'Mama Kin,' 'Sweet Emotion' and 'Back In the Saddle'

blog comments powered by Disqus

8. 'Janie's Got a Gun'

Aerosmith have never been a band that tackled serious issues but, in 1989, Steven Tyler read an article in Newsweek about gun violence and began writing a deceptively dark song about a girl who kills her sexually abusive father. The lyrics originally went "He raped a little bitty baby," but he ultimately changed it to "He jacked a little bitty baby" so it could get some radio play. The song still stirred up some controversy because some thought it encouraged vigilante justice. Nevertheless, the video went into heavy rotation on MTV and the song reached Number Four on the Hot 100. 

Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

www.expandtheroom.com