Single by Aerosmith
from the album Get a Grip
B-side "Walk on Down"
Released June 20, 1993 (US)
October 5, 1993 (UK)
Recorded 1992 at A&M Studios in Los Angeles, California and/or Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, Canada[1]
Length 5:08
Label Geffen
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn[1]
Certification Gold (RIAA)[2]
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Eat the Rich"
(April 1993)
(June 1993)
(November 1993)
Music video
"Cryin'" on YouTube

"Cryin'" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Taylor Rhodes. It was released by Geffen Records on June 20, 1993 as a single from their April release, Get a Grip. The single went gold and sold 600,000 copies.[3][4] The song's music video features Alicia Silverstone, Stephen Dorff and Josh Holloway.


  • Chart performance 1
  • Music video 2
  • Awards 3
  • References 4

Chart performance

Chart (1993–94) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 5
Canada (RPM100 Singles)[6] 8
France (SNEP)[7] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 1
Polish Singles Chart[11] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 12
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[14] 1
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40[14] 11
End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 60

Music video

The music video for the song, directed by Marty Callner, features the first appearance of Alicia Silverstone in the band's videos, as well as the band performing in the Central Congregational Church in Fall River, Massachusetts. The Central Congregational Church also happens to be the same church that Lizzie Borden attended. [16] The song flashes back and forth between the band and Alicia Silverstone, who plays a teen who has a falling out with her boyfriend (played by Stephen Dorff) after catching him cheating. She feigns an attempt to kiss him, but instead leans away annoying him. She then punches him and shoves him out of the car leaving him in the dust. She begins a phase of rebellion and individuality and gets a navel piercing, which has largely been credited as introducing navel piercing to mainstream culture.[17] After having her purse stolen by another young man (played by then-unknown Josh Holloway of Lost), she chases him down and knocks him to the ground. The video then cuts to her standing on the edge of an overpass bridge, contemplating jumping. Her ex-boyfriend arrives on the scene, along with numerous police officers, encouraging her to come down from the overpass. She jumps, but a rope is revealed, arresting her fall and leaving her dangling over the freeway, laughing at Dorff's character. The video ends with the dangling Silverstone looking up at Dorff and giving him the finger.

The video was a smash success on MTV, becoming one of the most requested videos in 1993, and earning the band several awards at the Video Music Awards.

A screenshot of Alicia Silverstone's character getting a navel piercing in the music video for "Cryin'".



  1. ^ a b Big Ones (CD insert).  
  2. ^ RIAA Certification Search Type "Cryin" under Title and "Aerosmith" under Artist to see the results.
  3. ^ "'"American certifications – Aerosmith – Cryin.  
  4. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993".  
  5. ^ " – Aerosmith – Cryin'" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ "RPM - Item Display: Top Singles - Volume 58, No. 14, October 16, 1993" (.Php).  
  7. ^ " – Aerosmith – Cryin'" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ " – AEROSMITH Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ " – Aerosmith – Cryin'" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. ^ " – Aerosmith – Cryin'". VG-lista.
  11. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  12. ^ " – Aerosmith – Cryin'". Singles Top 60.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart: 1993-11-13" UK Singles Chart.
  14. ^ a b c "Aerosmith - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  16. ^ MTV Onair - Icon
  17. ^ Aerosmith - BME Encyclopedia
  18. ^ a b c "MTV Video Music Awards | 1994 | Highlights, Winners, Performers and Photos from the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards". 1994-09-08. Retrieved 2013-05-23.