I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

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"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Idontwanttomissathing.jpg
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Armageddon: The Album
B-side
ReleasedAugust 18, 1998 (1998-08-18)
Genre
Length4:59
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Diane Warren
Producer(s)Matt Serletic
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Taste of India"
(1998)
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
(1998)
"What Kind of Love Are You On"
(1998)
Audio sample
Music video
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" on YouTube

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith as the official theme song for the 1998 sci-fi disaster film Armageddon, in which lead singer Steven Tyler's daughter Liv starred. 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 power ballad[3] was written by Diane Warren, who originally envisioned it would be performed by "Celine Dion or somebody like that".[4]

In the United States, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" was originally supposed to be a radio-only single from Armageddon: The Album, but due to popular demand, Columbia Records issued the song commercially in August 1998.[5][6] It subsequently debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving the band their first and only number-one single in their home country. The song also peaked at number one for multiple weeks in several other countries, including Australia, Ireland, and Norway. In the United Kingdom, it sold over one million copies and reached number four on the UK Singles Chart.

The song was covered by American country music singer Mark Chesnutt for his album of the same name. In early 1999, his version was a top-twenty hit on the Billboard Hot 100 while also topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Inspiration and background[edit]

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.[7] "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."[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received generally positive reviews from critics. Billboard wrote, "If you're among the many who adore Aerosmith when it indulges in power balladry à la "Angel", then you're in for a real treat. This tune from the imminent soundtrack to "Armageddon" shows the enduring rock troupe happily giving in to the romance of superstar tunesmith Diane Warren's sweet tune—but with an appropriate dash of guitar-juiced melodrama. Steven Tyler's signature belting is so intensely over the top that he frequently seems to be shrieking. It's a high-voltage performance that is matched by a collision of rock-styled instrumentation and grand, faux-classical orchestration. It's a recipe that will prove irresistible to programmers at top 40 and AC formats."[9]

Birmingham Evening Mail commented, "Songwriter Diane Warren weaves her magic again with a bombastic power ballad from the 'Armageddon' movie soundtrack. It perfectly suits Steven Tyler's sleazy vocals as the track moves towards its strings-soaked conclusion."[10] Daily Record called it an "epic ballad which has Steve Tyler impersonating of Bryan Adams".[11] They also noted it as an "end-of-the-night disco favourite."[12]

Impact and legacy[edit]

This song was Aerosmith's biggest hit, debuting at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for four weeks in September, and reaching number one around the world, including Australia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. It helped introduce Aerosmith to a new generation[13] and remains a slow dance staple.[14]

On November 28, 2015, boxer Tyson Fury sang the song after beating long reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Düsseldorf, Germany.[15] Fury sang the song again after beating Tom Schwarz in 2019 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.[16]

Track listings[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel are adapted from the Armageddon soundtrack's liner notes.[26]

Aerosmith

Additional personnel

  • Suzie Katayama – string arrangements

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales for "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[75] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[76] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[77] Platinum 50,000*
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[78] Platinum 90,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[79] Gold 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[80] Platinum 500,000^
Italy (FIMI)[81] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
Japan (RIAJ)[82]
digital 2006 release
Gold 100,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[83]
physical
Platinum 100,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[84] Gold 30,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[85] Gold 50,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[86] Platinum  
Portugal (AFP)[87] Platinum 40,000double-dagger
Sweden (GLF)[88] 2× Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[89] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[90] 3× Platinum 1,800,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[91] 5× Platinum 5,000,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[92]
Physical
Gold 500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Release dates and formats for "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref(s).
United States May 19, 1998 Contemporary hit radio Columbia [93]
August 18, 1998
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
[94][95]
United Kingdom August 31, 1998
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • CD
[37]

Mark Chesnutt version[edit]

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing Mark Chestnutt.jpg
Single by Mark Chesnutt
from the album I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
B-side"Wherever You Are"[96]
ReleasedDecember 1, 1998 (1998-12-01)[97]
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 December 1998, country music artist Mark Chesnutt released a cover version of the song. His rendition is the first single and title track from his 1999 album of the same name.[98]

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.[99] 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.[100]

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.[101]

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