Rewinding the Charts: In 1993, Aerosmith Rocked Its First No. 1 Album

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Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Steven Tyler performs at Wembley Arena on Dec. 7, 1993. 

Two decades and one breakup after its debut record, the Boston band topped the Billboard 200 with its 1993 album "Get a Grip."

Twenty years after Aerosmith released its self-titled debut album, Boston's bad boys of rock finally earned their first No. 1. Titled Get a Grip, the set topped the May 8, 1993 Billboard 200 during a remarkably successful period for the quintet in the late 1980s and early '90s.

While the act enjoyed a Billboard 200 hot streak in the late '70s with the top 20 albums Toys in the Attic, Rocks and Draw the Line, Aerosmith's chart fortunes had faded by the mid-'80s. Guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford left the band in 1979 and 1981, respectively, due to internal strife – Perry and lead singer Steven Tyler are well-known for their constant power struggles – but returned in 1984. The reunion failed to generate much excitement for Aerosmith's next album, 1985's Done With Mirrors, which peaked at No. 36 and didn't yield any hit singles.

The band's luck changed in 1986 when Run-D.M.C. covered Aerosmith's classic track "Walk This Way" and enlisted Tyler, then 38, and Perry, 35, to collaborate on the song, which hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and appear in the hit music video.

Aerosmith stayed hot through the early '90s by churning out hit albums, singles and glossy videos and by 1993 the rockers were kings of MTV. Get a Grip debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and logged a long chart life (92 weeks) thanks to a trio of smash power ballads, "Cryin'," "Amazing" and "Crazy," and their epic videos, all of which starred actress Alicia Silverstone.

The group followed Get a Grip with another No. 1 album, 1997's Nine Lives. Its most recent studio release, Music From Another Dimension!, peaked at No. 5 in 2012. While the band hasn't released any new music since then, the group continues to tour. In 2016, Tyler released his debut solo album, We're All Somebody From Somewhere, which debuted and peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200.


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