The story behind the song

A favorite on The Nite Lite, I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing was Aerosmith’s first number one song. How they came to record this hit is a different story. Check out the story behind this universally popular love song…

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing was featured in the movie Armageddon, which starred Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv Tyler. U2 were originally asked to perform this song for the movie – the idea for Aerosmith performing it only came after Liv was cast.

Aerosmith’s guitarist Joe Perry explained to Classic Rock magazine in 2002: “At the time, we just didn’t have the time to settle down and do it. We were out on the road, so they brought us in to see the movie and said ‘here’s the song, this is where it fits into the movie, you can do it if you want.’ So we were in the studio within the next three days cutting it. And yeah, we do wish that we’d had a little more time, so that we could have had a shot at writing it, but it was perfect timing. The song was great, people loved it, and I don’t think people care that much who wrote it.”

Diane Warren wrote this song about treasuring every moment spent with another person. Some other hit songs Warren wrote include “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship, “If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher, “When I See You Smile” by Bad English, and “I’d Lie For You (And That’s The Truth)” by Meat Loaf.

Aerosmith performed a snippet of this at the halftime show of the 2001 Super Bowl, before going into “Walk This Way” along with N’Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly.

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