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"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Armageddon Soundtrack
B-side "Animal Crackers"/"Taste of India"
Released August 18, 1998
Format Cassette, CD
Recorded 1998
Genre Rock
Length 4:56
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer Mark Wright
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Full Circle"
(1998)
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
(1998)
"What Kind of Love Are You On"
(1998)
Music sample
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" is a power ballad by American rock band Aerosmith. It appeared on the soundtrack to the film Armageddon[1] and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (a first for the band after 28 years together). The song stayed at number one for four weeks from September 5 to September 26, 1998, introducing Aerosmith to a new generation of fans. The song also stayed at #1 for several weeks in several other countries. The song rose steadily up the charts in the United Kingdom, peaking at number four in November 1998 and becoming Aerosmith's highest charting song in the UK to date.

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" was written primarily by Diane Warren[1]. She stated in her compilation album Diane Warren Presents Love Songs that the song was originally meant for Celine Dion.

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Video

The music video for this song was shot in the Minneapolis Armory in 1998.[2] It features the band playing the song intertwined with scenes from Armageddon. It features a cameo appearance by Steven Tyler's daughter Liv Tyler, who plays Grace Stamper in the film. Liv previously had a role in the music video for another of the band's songs, "Crazy".

The video begins with shots of the moon and several meteorites passing by 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. Smoke surrounds the orchestra and 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).

During the filming of the video for "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", Steven Tyler was still recovering from a leg injury sustained during the Nine Lives Tour and thus he does not move much in the video.

Reception

The song was Aerosmith's most successful single in their career, debuting at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for four weeks in September, and became a huge hit for the band internationally, reaching #1 in many countries around the world, including Australia, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" remains the only song by a rock band to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a shift from the hard rock music Aerosmith was ordinarily known for, and being more of a pop-rock song, only reached #4 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1999.[3] The song was also nominated in the Worst "Original" Song category at the 19th Golden Raspberry Awards 1998.[4]

The song helped open Aerosmith up to a new generation[5] and remains a slow dance staple.[6] American Idol judge Simon Cowell labeled the song "one of the great songs of all time" during the show's seventh season. It remains one of Aerosmith's most popular songs.

Charts

Charts (1998) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart[7] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart [8] 3
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart [8] 4
Dutch Singles Chart[7] 1
Finnish Singles Chart[7] 3
French Singles Chart[7] 8
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italian Singles Chart[7] 1
Japan Oricon Chart 11
Norwegian Singles Chart[7] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[7] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[7] 1
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 13
U.S. Hot Latin Tracks 14

Tracklist

CD Single

  1. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (4:58)
  2. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" [Rock Mix] (4:58)
  3. "Taste of India" [Rock Remix] (5:52)
  4. "Animal Crackers" (2:36)

The song appeared on the Argentine 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](4:58)
  2. "Pink [Live] (3:45)
  3. "Crash (4:26)

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

Preceded by
"The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy and Monica
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
September 5, 1998 - September 26, 1998
Succeeded by
"The First Night" by Monica
Preceded by
"High" by Lighthouse Family
Australia ARIA Singles Chart
number-one single

September 13, 1998 - November 22, 1998
Succeeded by
"Rollercoaster" by B*Witched
Preceded by
"Millennium" by Robbie Williams
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
October 10, 1998 - October 17, 1998
Succeeded by
"Sweetest Thing" by U2

Mark Chesnutt version

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Single by Mark Chesnutt
from the album I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
Released December 1, 1998
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:06
Label Decca
Producer 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 from, and title track to, his 1999 album I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.[9] Chesnutt's cover spent two weeks at number one on the U.S. 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 #17 in early 1999.

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Chart positions

Chart (1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 17
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Preceded by
"Stand Beside Me"
by Jo Dee Messina
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

February 20-February 27, 1999
Succeeded by
"No Place That Far"
by Sara Evans
Preceded by
"For a Little While"
by Tim McGraw
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 8-March 15, 1999
Succeeded by
"You Were Mine"
by Dixie Chicks

Allison Iraheta version

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Single by Allison Iraheta
Released February 23, 2009
Format CD single
Genre Rock
Length 3:10
Label Columbia
Producer Ne Yo
Allison Iraheta singles chronology
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
(2009)
"Friday I'll Be Over U"
(2009)

Allison Iraheta performed "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" during the Top 7 (Idol in the Movies) week on American Idol Season 8, and again in an appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly on May 11, 2009.

New Found Glory version

American pop punk band New Found Glory recorded a cover version in 2000, which was released on their cover album From the Screen to Your Stereo. It is available as an Easter egg on some DVD copies of the 2003 film I'll Be There, where it can be heard playing over the end of the closing credits.

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