Kings and Queens (Aerosmith song)

Kings and Queens (Aerosmith song)

"Kings and Queens"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Draw the Line
B-side "Critical Mass"
Released February 21, 1978 (1978-02-21)[1]
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded Sometime in June–October 1977 at the Cenacle, Armonk, New York and Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York[2]
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal

4:55 (album version)

3:47 (single version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford
Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer,
Jack Douglas
Producer(s) Jack Douglas and Aerosmith[1]
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Draw the Line"
(October 6, 1977)
"Kings and Queens"
(February 21, 1978)
"Get It Up"

"Kings and Queens" is a power ballad performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, and Jack Douglas, their producer, who helped the band write many of the songs on Draw the Line. Douglas also played the mandolin featured in the song. The song first appeared on the album Draw the Line in December 1977[2] and was released as a single on February 21, 1978.[1] The song was also used as a B-side to Aerosmith's version of The Beatles' "Come Together," released to promote the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film and soundtrack.


  • Lyrical meaning 1
  • Charts 2
  • In concert 3
  • Covers and other versions 4
  • References 5

Lyrical meaning

Steven Tyler

explained the lyrics to "Kings and Queens" in the liner notes to Pandora's Box:[2]


Chart (1978) Peak
Canada (RPM100 Top Singles)[3] 76
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 70

In concert

The song was a staple of Aerosmith concerts in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and was included on the album Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour. However, the band tends to favor performing Draw the Line's other single, the title track, which has become a live staple as of late.

Covers and other versions

The song was included on the albums Aerosmith's Greatest Hits in 1980 and Greatest Hits 1973–1988 in 2004, but was considerably edited, with many of the guitar parts removed. This edited version is sometimes heard on radio, although many rock stations do play the full version.

"Kings and Queens" is a master track in the game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and is unlocked upon beating the last song, "Train Kept A-Rollin".

The Aerosmith tribute band "Draw the Line" frequently performs the song.

Glenn Hughes recorded a version of the song in 2011.


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  3. ^ "RPM - Item Display : Top Singles - Volume 29, No. 5, April 29, 1978" (.Php).  
  4. ^ "Aerosmith - Billboard Singles".