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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Singer Steven Tyler (R) and guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

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Aerosmith: “Dream On”

The Hook: Joe Perry doesn’t understand the song’s lasting appeal.

Album: Aerosmith

Year: 1973

Writer: Steven Tyler

Stats: Peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 when first issued as a single in an edited version in 1973. When the full album version was released as a single in 1976, it went all the way to number-six.

Background: Guitarist Joe Perry recalls the birth of Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” which was written by Steven Tyler, and admits to still being baffled by people’s reaction to it.

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry recalls his reaction to Steven Tyler writing “Dream On.” OC:…other people. :21

“I remember him working on that on the piano in our communal apartment in Boston, transposing the keyboard to guitar, just waiting for the place in the song to turn the amps up, ‘cause I didn’t really like the idea of doing a ballad. But I didn’t really didn’t understand the full impact of that piece of music. To this very day, I don’t understand the impact that this is having on other people.”