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What It Takes (5:11)

"What It Takes" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Desmond Child. It was released in 1990 as the third single from Aerosmith's critically and commercially successful 1989 album Pump. In the video The Making of Pump, A&R man John Kalodner described the song as "a fuckin' masterpiece".

The album version of the song is followed by an untitled hidden track.

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There goes my old girlfriend, there's another diamond ring.
And, uh, all those late night promises, I guess they don't mean a thing.
So baby, what's the story?
Did you find another man?

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  • "Tell me you ain't dyin' when you're cryin' for me." .
  • When you don't look back, I guess the feelings start to fadeaway.
  • <3
  • way better than Van Halen
  • My first ever live show was on the tour for this song and album way back in 1989 when Joan Jett opened for Aerosmith on the pump tour
  • I agree mtshaggy
  • GREAT band, period.
  • Remember it takes morethen one person to make a great band, they are a good band, not great. And another thing you don't go around saying your other band members are ridig you"re coat tail, look at g&r, band sucks now, but at time [1980's] was one of the best?
  • Seriously guy"s"???? Van Halen better than Aerosmith? hahahahahaaa
  • wonderfull song!!!!

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