When Aerosmith first started in Boston during the early '70s, the band was known first and foremost as a fierce, rocking band. But when their self-titled debut was issued in 1973 on Columbia, the song that garnered the most attention was an uncharacteristically gentle and reflective ballad, "Dream On." The song was written by singer Steven Tyler, who worked out the song's structure on a piano in bassist Tom Hamilton's bedroom (the entire band lived together in a loft in the early days), waking up the bassist each time. While the song has been a rock radio favorite since its initial release, it wasn't until the song was re-released as a single in 1976 (at the height of U.S. Aero-mania) that the song scaled the charts, hitting the Top Ten. Guitarist Joe Perry has voiced that he was not entirely fond of the track -- that he felt that instead of doing ballads, the hard rockin' quintet should do slow blues numbers. But "Dream On" has also proven to be an incredibly influential composition in the rock world -- it opened the floodgates for such future power ballads as Nazareth's "Love Hurts," Kiss' "Beth," and Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home."