Aerosmith's Greatest Hits

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
Aerosmith's Greatest Hits Music Poster Image
Guitar Hero band is tame compared to today's rock.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Themes of casual sex, hard living, and crime are throughout the album. However, with lyrics about heartbreak and despair, the subjects are not entirely glamorized.


A few passing instances of violence. Guns and murder are mentioned in "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Back in the Saddle." Also "Kings and Queens" features the line, "Maidens fair, with gold they dared/to bare their wombs that bleed."


Several of the lyrics include sexual innuendo, such as lines like "The girls are soaking wet" from "Back in the Saddle" and "Oh, whatever happened to/that night I gave it to you/What will I do with it now," from "Remember (Walking in the Sand)."


Only a few songs contain somewhat strong language, such as "ass" in "Sweet Emotion" and "poontang" from "Last Child."


Some of the tracks are featured in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, the fourth installment in the Guitar Hero franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking is scattered throughout the album, and cocaine is mentioned once on "Same Old Song and Dance."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the fourth installment in the Guitar Hero video game franchise profiles this long-standing popular rock band. So, even if your kids don't own any Aerosmith music, they'll probably want to borrow your albums. Although there are several songs with mature themes on this CD -- such as passing references to casual sex, hard living, drugs, and crime -- they're not glamorized, and overall, this album is tame by today's standards.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHenorama June 11, 2020

I love the screeching devil!

I listened to them when I was a kid, and I love them! Look out for ass in sweet emotion,any other way, they rule! They just talk about drinking and sex.
Adult Written byMovieboy321 March 28, 2015

I got that Aerosmith life

Aerosmith are the legend in rock music but there is some material such as references to sex like last child, back in the saddle or sweet emotion use salty la... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 29, 2013


I wish kids were still into things like this, sadly, I got stuck in this generation. This album is phenomenal. Aerosmith is the legend of American rock music. Y... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bybrandonneo6425 December 20, 2012

Dream On!

Best Aerosmith album besides "Pump"!Some innuendo to watch out for,along with "ass" in "Sweet Emotion"Best song on album is either... Continue reading

What's the story?

The first of Aerosmith's compilations, this album was released nearly three decades ago. Remastered and re-released numerous times, the album has become the band's best-selling LP in the U.S. Now the band is enjoying yet another resurgence with the release of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. This album contains many of the tracks featured on the game and is a prime example of '70s and early '80s rock.

Is it any good?

No one combines blues, soul, and rock quite like Aerosmith, and that's a good reason why they have been going strong for nearly forty years. The band has a sound that is smooth enough to appeal to pop-sensibilities but edgy enough for hard rock fans. This CD is a great example of the band's early days of success -- before the Alicia Silverstone videos. In fact, on this album younger fans might discover tracks that they never heard before, gems such as "Last Child," "Kings and Queens," and "Remember."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Guitar Hero has made bands from decades ago popular again. Why does glam rock and metal that was made before most teens were born still have appeal? Is there a new connection that can be made between parents who might have listened to Aerosmith when they were young(er) and their teens who now find the music through a video game console? Do you think Aerosmith is still relevant today? Based on the popularity of their video game, do you think Aerosmith will soon release an album to capitalize on its success?

Music details

  • Artist: Aerosmith
  • Release date: October 1, 1980
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate