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"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" is a rock ballad[3] performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith for the 1998 natural disaster film Armageddon which lead singer Steven Tyler's daughter Liv Tyler starred in. Written by Diane Warren, the song debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, accounting for the band's first number 1 single there. It is one of four songs performed by the band for the film, the other three being "What Kind of Love Are You On", "Come Together" and "Sweet Emotion". The song stayed at number one for four weeks from September 5 to 26, 1998. The song also stayed at number 1 for several weeks in several other countries. It sold over a million copies in the UK and reached number four on the UK Singles Chart.[4] The song was also covered by American country music singer Mark Chesnutt for his album of the same name. In early 1999, his version was a Top 20 hit on the Hot 100, while also topping the Hot Country Songs charts.

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
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Single by Aerosmith
from the album Armageddon: The Album
B-side
Released
  • August 18, 1998 (US)
  • August 31, 1998 (UK)
Format
Recorded1997
GenrePop rock, power pop[1]
Length4:59
Label
Songwriter(s)Diane Warren[2]
Producer(s)Matt Serletic
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Full Circle"
(1998)
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
(1998)
"What Kind of Love Are You On"
(1998)
Audio sample

Contents

InspirationEdit

In 1997, Diane Warren was watching Barbara Walters interview James Brolin and Barbra Streisand. Brolin said he missed Streisand when they were asleep, and Warren wrote down the words "I don't want to miss a thing", before there was even a song.[5]

ReceptionEdit

"When I first heard it," recalled drummer Joey Kramer, "it was just a demo with piano and singing. It was difficult to imagine what kind of touch Aerosmith could put on it and make it our own… As soon as we began playing it as a band, then it instantly became an Aerosmith song."[6]

This song was Aerosmith's biggest hit, debuting at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for four weeks in September, and reaching number 1 around the world, including Australia, the Philippines, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

The song helped introduce Aerosmith to a new generation[7] and remains a slow dance staple.[8]

It was one of many songs written by Warren in that period. The original version was a collaboration between Chicago musician Phil Kosch of Treaty of Paris and Super Happy Fun Club, and nephew of chart topping writer Lou Bega. Bega introduced the two and they penned the initial track, but ultimately Kosch was uncredited.

The song was nominated for both an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song.

Track listingEdit

CD single
  1. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" – 4:57
  2. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Rock Mix) – 4:30
  3. "Taste of India" (Rock Remix) – 5:52
  4. "Animal Crackers" – 2:35

The song appeared on the Argentine version and a European re-released version of the album Nine Lives. It also appeared on the Japanese version of Just Push Play.

CD single 2
  1. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Pop Mix) – 5:03
  2. "Pink" (live) – 3:48
  3. "Crash" – 4:30

"Crash" and the original "Pink" appeared as tracks 9 and 11, respectively, on all versions of Nine Lives.

CD single 3
  1. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" – 4:57
  2. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Rock Mix) – 4:30
  3. "Crash" – 4:30
  4. "Animal Crackers" – 2:35

Music videoEdit

The music video for this song was shot at the Minneapolis Armory in 1998 and was directed by Francis Lawrence.[9] It features the band playing the song intertwined with scenes from the film Armageddon. It features an appearance by Steven Tyler's daughter Liv, who plays Grace Stamper in the film. Steven Tyler injured his knee the day before the shoot, so they used many close-up shots due to his limited movement.

The video begins with shots of the moon in orbit and several asteroids passing by safely and then a view of Earth before zooming in to show Steven Tyler singing. The shots interchange between the band and Mission Control viewing the band singing via their monitors. As the video progresses it reveals that the band is playing in front of what appears to be the fictional Space Shuttle Freedom. Along with Aerosmith, a full hand orchestra plays in sync with the melody. Then smoke surrounds the orchestra and the members of Aerosmith as Freedom takes off from the launch pad. Finally, the screen goes out as a tearful Grace touches one of the monitors to reach out to her father (real life father Steven Tyler in the video; on-screen father Harry Stamper, played by Bruce Willis, in the film).

The video was highly successful and greatly contributed to the song's success, receiving heavy airplay on MTV and went on to become the second most popular video of 1998, only behind Brandy and Monica's "The Boy is Mine". It also won awards for MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film, and Best Video at Boston Music Awards.

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[55] 2× Platinum 140,000
Austria (IFPI)[56] Gold 25,000
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[57] Platinum 90,000
France (SNEP)[58] Silver 125,000
Germany (BVMI)[59] Platinum 500,000
Italy (FIMI)[60] Gold 25,000
Japan (RIAJ)[61] Gold 100,000^
Norway (IFPI)[62] Platinum 7,500
Sweden (IFPI)[63] 2× Platinum 60,000
Switzerland (IFPI)[64] Platinum 50,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[65] 2× Platinum 1,200,000 
United States (RIAA)[66] Platinum 1,000,000


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

Mark Chesnutt versionEdit

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
 
Single by Mark Chesnutt
from the album I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
B-side"Wherever You Are"[67]
ReleasedNovember 1998
FormatCD single
Recorded1998
GenreCountry
Length4:10
LabelDecca
Songwriter(s)Diane Warren
Producer(s)Mark Wright
Mark Chesnutt singles chronology
"Wherever You Are"
(1998)
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
(1998)
"This Heartache Never Sleeps"
(1999)

In late 1998, country music artist Mark Chesnutt recorded a cover version of the song. His rendition is the first single and title track from his 1999 album of the same name.[68] Chesnutt's cover spent two weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in early 1999, and is the last of his eight number ones on that chart. It is also the first of only two singles in his career to reach the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 17 in early 1999.

Chesnutt chose to cover the song through the suggestion of his record producer Mark Wright, who had heard the Aerosmith version on his car radio. According to Wright, he and Chesnutt only listened to Aerosmith's rendition twice before recording, in order to allow Chesnutt to come up with a rendition that was "his". Because the two thought that his version had potential as a single, his label Decca Records withdrew his then-current single "Wherever You Are" in late 1998 and began promotion of "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" instead.[69] Chesnutt also said that he chose to do the song because he thought that it would help revive his then-flagging album sales and chart performance.[70] Despite showing favor toward the cover at the time, Chesnutt remarked in 2016 that he "didn’t want to cut it" and that, even though his version topped the country music charts and was successful on radio, sales were poor for both the single and the corresponding album. He also noted that soon afterward, he exited his label after refusing their offer to cover another pop song.[71]

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1998–1999) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[72] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[73] 17
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[74] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[75] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[76] 67
US Country Songs (Billboard)[77] 9

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