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"Cryin'" is a power ballad 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 eleventh studio album, Get a Grip. The single reached number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, ending the year at number 60 overall. The song is one of their most successful hits in Europe, reaching number one in Norway and Poland, number three in Sweden, and number 17 on the UK Singles Chart. The song went Gold in the United States for selling over 600,000 copies.

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Single by Aerosmith
from the album Get a Grip
B-side"Walk on Down"
ReleasedJune 20, 1993 (US)
October, 1993 (UK)
Recorded1992 at A&M Studios in Los Angeles, California and/or Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[1]
Producer(s)Bruce Fairbairn[1]
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Eat the Rich"
Music video
"Cryin'" on YouTube

The song's music video features Alicia Silverstone, Stephen Dorff and Josh Holloway.


Music videoEdit

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

The music video for the song, directed by Marty Callner, features the first of three successive appearances by Alicia Silverstone in the band's videos, the next two being "Amazing" (1993) and "Crazy" (1994). Silverstone was 16 years old when "Cryin'" was filmed. In the video, the band performs in the Central Congregational Church in Fall River, Massachusetts. The video flashes back and forth between the band and 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.[2] 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, contemplating jumping. Her ex-boyfriend arrives on the scene, along with numerous police officers, encouraging her to come down from the bridge. She jumps, but a bungee 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 and giving Dorff the finger.

The video was a smash success on MTV, becoming the most requested video in 1993[3] and earning the band several awards at the Video Music Awards[4].




Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[26] Gold 250,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[27] Gold 5,000*
United States (RIAA)[28] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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