I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

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"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Armageddon: The Album
B-side "Animal Crackers"/"Taste of India"
Released August 18, 1998
Format Cassette, CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Symphonic rock, Soft rock
Length 4:58
Label Columbia/Hollywood/Epic
Writer(s) Diane Warren[1]
Producer(s) Matt Serletic
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Full Circle"
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
"What Kind of Love Are You On"
Music sample

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" is a power ballad performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith for the 1998 film Armageddon. 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). The song stayed at number one for four weeks from September 5 to September 26, 1998. The song also stayed at number 1 for several weeks in several other countries. In the UK, the song peaked at number four, becoming Aerosmith's highest charting song in the UK, where it was the 17th best-selling single of 1998, and has sold over a million copies.[2]


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 in many countries around the world, including Australia, the Philippines, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to "When You Believe" from the film The Prince of Egypt.[3] The song was also nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song, losing to "I Wanna Be Mike Ovitz!" from An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn.[4] It is one of only three songs to be nominated for both awards, the others being "How Do I Live," from Con Air (also by Warren) and "Life in a Looking Glass," from That's Life! (music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse), neither of which won either award. It has won an MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie in 1999.

The chorus of the song is highly reminiscent of an earlier song Diane Warren co-wrote, "Just Like Jesse James", which appeared on Cher's 1989 album Heart of Stone.

The song helped open up Aerosmith to a new generation[5] and remains a slow dance staple.[6]

It was one of many songs written by Diane Warren in that time 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. Lou introduced the two and they penned the initial track, but ultimately Kosch was left uncredited.

Track listing[edit]

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 the album Nine Lives.

Music video[edit]

The music video for this song was shot at the Minneapolis Armory in 1998 and was directed by Francis Lawrence.[7] 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 hurt 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 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).

The video was highly successful and greatly contributed to the song's success, receiving heavy airplay on MTV and went on to become the 2nd 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.


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


Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
Australia[30] ARIA 2× Platinum
Austria[31] IFPI Gold
France[32] SNEP Silver
Germany[33] BVMI Platinum
Italy[34] FIMI Gold
Norway[35] IFPI Platinum
Sweden[36] IFPI 2× Platinum
Switzerland[37] IFPI Platinum
United Kingdom[38] BPI Gold
United States[39] RIAA Platinum

Mark Chesnutt version[edit]

"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"[40]
Released February 9, 1999 (1999-02-09)[41]
Format CD single
Recorded 1998
Genre Country
Length 4:10
Label Decca
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) Mark Wright
Mark Chesnutt singles chronology
"Wherever You Are"
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
"This Heartache Never Sleeps"

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.[42] 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.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1998–1999) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[43] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[44] 17
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[45] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[46] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[47] 67
US Country Songs (Billboard)[48] 9
Preceded by
"Stand Beside Me"
by Jo Dee Messina
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

February 20–27, 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 8–15, 1999
Succeeded by
"You Were Mine"
by Dixie Chicks

Other cover versions[edit]

  • In 1999, Filipino pop singer and Asia's songbird Regine Velasquez recorded a cover of this song on her 10th studio album R2K. It featured the singer's wide vocal range which later made the song popular as a contest piece in singing contests around the Philippines.
  • In 2000, American pop punk band New Found Glory recorded a cover version for 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.
  • In 2001 British singer Jane McDonald recorded a cover version for her album "Love At The Movies"
  • In 2002 Pippa Fulton of fame academy uk released a dance version of i don't want to miss a thing with a cover version B side of the bangles eternal flame the single didn't make the top 40 uk chart entering at 41 on Sun Apr 20, 2003
  • In 2008, Filipino pop/R&B singer Nina covered the song on her fourth studio album Nina Sings the Hits of Diane Warren.
  • In 2009, British singer Andrew Bain (a.k.a "the singing dentist") covered the song on his debut album Andrew Bain Presents Modern Classics.
  • In 2010, Japanese-American pop singer Yuna Ito covered this song for her album, Love: Singles Best 2005—2010, which included her covers of songs from other famous artists.
  • In 2010, indie band Pomplamoose recorded a cover for their album, Tribute to Famous People.
  • In 2012, Japanese visual kei band FEST VAINQUEUR covered the song for their album, GENERATION.
  • A hi-NRG/eurodance cover of the song by Déjà Vu featuring Tasmin was released through Almighty Records. A sample can be heard on the official Almighty Records website.[49]
  • The chorus is sampled in the song "Sin Ti (I Don't Want To Miss A Thing)" performed by Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Dyland & Lenny featuring rapper Pitbull and singer Beatriz Luengo. Luengo is the one singing the chorus.
  • A remix appears in Homestuck Volume 6 album and in the Homestuck page Terry:Fast Forward to Liv, where the stuffed bunny's (named by two different characters Terry Kiser and Liv Tyler) lifespan is shown. [50][51]

Live cover performances[edit]

  • In 2003 pop singer Anastacia made her first television appearance after recovering from cancer performing the song on a Lifetime special


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