Sweet Emotion

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With its eerie, almost over-long intro, "Sweet Emotion" picks up where "Walk This Way" leaves off; both songs with the funky drum beats and Steven Tyler's essential "rappings" are from Aerosmith's breakthrough album, Toys in the Attic. Widely acknowledged to be a song about how much Tyler hated Joe Perry's ex-wife, there is an air of danger and anger to the song that's not present in Aerosmith's party-time tunes. It rolls along on the strength of Joey Kramer's big beat which could be the hard rock's band most underrated, secret weapon. But it's the repetitive guitar chords and then a gigantic riff that delivers the ultimate whomp. It's almost Southern rock in its boogie quotient, with a certain sloppiness that only a messed-up, vintage Aerosmith could muster. Though often accused of being imitators, this song is just one example of how Aerosmith was capable of singularly unique sounds among metal bands. In 1992, Boston's Mighty Mighty Bosstones cut a punked-up version of the song, presumably a tribute to their hometown brethren.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Toys in the Attic 1975 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 4:34
Aerosmith's Greatest Hits 1980 Columbia 3:15
No Image 1987 CBS / Fox
Pandora's Box 1991 Legacy / Aerosmith / Columbia 4:36
No Image 1994 Sony Music Distribution 5:14
Pandora's Toys 1995 Sony Music Distribution 4:36
Armageddon [Original Soundtrack] 1998
Original Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 5:10
Aerosmith/Get Your Wings/Toys in the Attic [1998] 1998 Legacy / Aerosmith 4:34
Aerosmith's Greatest Hits 1973-1988 2001 Columbia 4:35
Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology 2001 Geffen 5:52
Aerosmith's Greatest Hits 1973-1988/Classics Live! 2001 Sony Music Distribution 4:35
O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits 2002 Columbia 4:35
Gold 2005 Geffen 5:51
Devil's Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith 2006 Columbia 4:35
No Image 2007 Sony Music Distribution 3:12
The Broadcast Archives 2008 The Broadcast Archive 5:24
Tough Love: The Best of the Ballads 2011 Geffen 0:00
The Essential Aerosmith 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 4:35