Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Aerosmith Songs of All TimeYour picks include 'Mama Kin,' 'Sweet Emotion' and 'Back In the Saddle'
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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.