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Readers’ Poll: 10 Best Aerosmith Albums

Read all about “Toys in the Attic,” “Pump” and eight of your other favorites

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Aerosmith are gearing up for a long tour that kicks off in Istanbul on May 14th. They head over to America for a run of outdoor and arena dates with special guest Slash in July. Their last album was 2012's Music From Another Dimension, but don't expect to hear all that much from that one: It pretty much disappeared without a trace and the group is still pretty sore about that. "The head of the label left three weeks before the record came out," Joe Perry recently told Rolling Stone. "The whole promotion thing got screwed up." Adds Steven Tyler: "How refreshing after 10 years to get fucked by your label again. God, I missed that." Thankfully, they have plenty of other albums to draw from. We asked our readers to vote for their favorite Aerosmith albums. Click through to see the results. 

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2. ‘Rocks’

Aerosmith were at a creative peak when they recorded 1976's Rocks. Toys in the Attic finally showed the world this was a band worth taking seriously, but they wanted to prove they had more to offer. This was before drugs and ego took over, and they poured all their energies into crafting an absolute monster of an album. It doesn't relent from the opening notes of "Back in the Saddle" through "Home Tonight." It's the perfect marriage of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, but still something very original. They'd never again craft another album quite this perfect. 

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1. ‘Toys in the Attic’

Much like their Columbia labelmate Bruce Springsteen that same year, Aerosmith's 1975 LP Toys in the Attic was the group's third record, and a crucial make-it-or-break-it release. They had a cult following and an amazing live show by this point, but it was time for them to craft a masterpiece so the whole world would get to join the party. They pulled it off in a huge way by writing "Sweet Emotion," "Toys in the Attic" and "Walk This Way." Radio embraced "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way" in a huge way, finally bringing Aerosmith on to big stages around the world. It's hard to imagine what would have happened to Aerosmith had they not pulled this record off. 

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