Love in an Elevator

Love in an Elevator

"Love in an Elevator"
Original album artwork by Mark Ryden
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Pump
B-side "Young Lust"
Released August 15, 1989 (1989-08-15)[1]
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded Sometime in April-June 1989 at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[2]
Genre Hard rock · funk metal · glam metal

5:39 (album)

3:38 (single)
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Joe Perry, Steven Tyler,Prince
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn[2]
Certification Gold (RIAA)[3]
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Rag Doll"
(June 1988)
"Love in an Elevator"
(August 1989)
"Janie's Got a Gun"
(November 1989)
Music video
"Love In An Elevator" on YouTube

"Love in an Elevator" is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith, written by Steven Tyler, guitarist/backing vocalist Joe Perry, and popular musician Prince. It was released in August 1989 as the lead single from their third album with Geffen Records, Pump, released in September (see 1989 in music).[1] It peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[4]


  • Track listings 1
    • 7" 45 RPM 1.1
    • CD single 1.2
  • Recording 2
  • Chart performance 3
    • End of Year Chart 3.1
  • Music video 4
  • In concert 5
  • Reception 6
    • Award nomination 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Track listings

7" 45 RPM

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love in an Elevator"   Joe Perry, Steven Tyler  
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Young Lust"   Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance  

CD single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love in an Elevator" (Edit) Perry, Tyler 3:42
2. "Ain't Enough"   Perry, Tyler 5:03
3. "Young Lust" (LP Version) Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance 4:22


"Love in an Elevator", like the other tracks on Pump, was recorded sometime in April to June 1989 at Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia. During the writing process, lead singer Steven Tyler is said to have come upon the concept of the song while researching famous battleships. Specifically, an instance on the Russian Battleship Navarin, in which one of the crew was famously quoted, as the ship was going down, "Мы должны жить вверх, в то время как мы теперь идем вниз," or when translated "we must live upwards now, for it is downward we head." Steven Tyler claims the song's lyrics were inspired by an experience he had at a hotel, in which he was making out with a girl in the elevator and they started having sex as the doors opened; “It felt like a lifetime waiting for those doors to close,” quipped Tyler.

The song was produced by Bruce Fairbairn and was engineered by Mike Fraser with Ken Lomas as second engineer, and in addition to Aerosmith – Steven Tyler (lead vocals), Joe Perry (guitars, backing vocals), Brad Whitford (guitars), Tom Hamilton (electric bass, backing vocals), & Joey Kramer (drums, percussion) – were Bob Dowd (backing vocals), Bruce Fairbairn (backing vocals), and Catherine Epps (elevator operator).[2]

Chart performance

Chart (1989) Peak
Australia (Top 50)[5] 33
Canada (RPM100 Singles)[6] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 15
Polish Singles Chart[9] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 5
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[4] 1

End of Year Chart

End of year chart (1989) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 81

Music video

The video for the song, considered by many to be a definitive music video for Aerosmith, starts off with the band walking up to a department store elevator, and an attractive woman (Brandi Brandt) says "2nd floor...hardware, children's wear, lady's lingerie. Oh, good morning Mr. Tyler, going down?" Steven Tyler enters the elevator and the song starts.

The video flashes back and forth between the band performing live and scenes from the department store. The scenes in the department store and elevator include Brad Whitford being hypnotized by fake department store models turning into real ones when he's not looking, Joey Kramer dressed up like a woman, Joe Perry and his wife (both topless) kissing in the elevator, Steven Tyler kissing the female department store clerk, and Tom Hamilton playing his bass grooves, in addition to the odd performances of other random characters, including a butcher, a fat lady, midgets, the Tin Man and Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz, and a male model.

At the end of the song, all the band members gather around the microphone to sing "Love in an Elevator...lovin' it up when I'm going down". And then it flashes back to a scene in which the elevator doors close.

The video was directed by Marty Callner, who produced many of the band's Geffen-era music videos in the late 80s and early 90s.

In concert

The song has consistently been a staple in the band's setlist on almost every tour they have performed since the song's release. It is a fan favorite and is well-known among mainstream audiences.

Also, in concert, Steven Tyler often changes the lyrics to more controversial and profanity-laden ones. On a version of the song featured on the live album A Little South of Sanity, culled from the band's tours in the 1990s, one can hear Steven Tyler say "jackin' in the elevator" and "lick your funky ass" or "fucking ass" instead of "kiss your sassafras".


Award nomination

The song received a Grammy award nomination in 1990 for "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal", but lost out to supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.


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  3. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Searchable Database - "Love in an Elevator".
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  7. ^ " – Aerosmith – Love In An Elevator" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ " – Aerosmith – Love In An Elevator". Top 40 Singles.
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  10. ^ "Archive Chart: 1989-09-30" UK Singles Chart.
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External links

  • " Love In An Elevator" at Discogs (list of releases)