1. Young Frankenstein
Artist & Song: Aerosmith – "Walk This Way"
There's a very good chance you've listened to Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" hundreds of times over the years without giving it a second thought. Without tearing apart the lyrics, the song stands on its own as one of the band's most powerful tracks, which helped them break into the mainstream in the mid-1970s.
The song dropped on their third album, Toys in the Attic, in 1975, and for more than 45 years, it's been one of Aerosmith's most recognizable songs. However the inspiration for "Walk This Way" isn't what a listener would imagine should someone stop them in the street and ask where Steven Tyler and Joe Perry first got the idea.
As it happens, a trip to the movies in 1974 gave the band their inspiration, which was a line in Mel Brooks' classic, Young Frankenstein, as well as a repeated joke. In the film, whenever a character says, "Walk this way," they aren't indicating a direction of travel, they're telling the other person how to walk.
It's a silly joke, but it lands each and every time it shows up in the movie, and for some reason, it inspired one of the band's most recognizable songs.