“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” is a power ballad performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith for the 1998 film Armageddon which 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 (the first #1 for the band after 28 years together). It is one of three songs performed by the band for the film, the other two being “What Kind of Love Are You On” 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.
n 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.
“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.”
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, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
The chorus is reminiscent of an earlier song Diane Warren that co-wrote: “Just Like Jesse James”, on Cher’s 1989 album Heart of Stone.
The song helped introduce Aerosmith to a new generation and remains a slow dance staple.
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.
The music video for this song was shot at the Minneapolis Armory in 1998 and was directed by Francis Lawrence. 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 a lot of close-ups because his movement was limited.
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.