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Did you know that I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing was written for Celine Dion and not for Aerosmith?
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Did you know that I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing was written for Celine Dion and not for Aerosmith?

News author: Lisa Bennett  /  2020-05-10 19:19:03

Don't Wanna Miss a Thing is one of Aerosmith's most popular tracks, dated 1998. Before that year, the band, which had been in business since 1970, was considered a niche and had never been able to reach the top of the rankings, although it was still very popular.

Their success in the «mainstream» category is to be considered started thanks to I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing which, in reality, was not written for them.

The song, in fact, was written by the «Queen of the Ballad», Dianne Warren, who thought to make Céline Dion sing it and then insert it in the soundtrack of the film Armageddon - Final Judgment.

Initially, however, U2 was the first to be contacted to record the song but, later, the entry of Liv Tyler, Steven's daughter, in the cast of the film, gives rise to the first thoughts on making Aerosmith sing the song. Warren herself, in the past, said she was surprised by this type of choice but, while teaching the song to Steven Tyler, she understood that it was exactly the choice to make, since when the Aerosmith frontman sang, the composer heard of chills throughout the body.

The band's guitarist Joe Perry said in the past that he would have liked to have written I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing: «At the time, we didn't have time to sit down and compose a song. They showed us the film and yes, we would have liked to have had a little more time, so we could have tried to write a song ourselves, but it was the same great, people loved it, and I don't think the public cares so much about who it is he wrote. «

However, I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing can be considered a turning point in the career of Aerosmith who, for the first time in 28 years of career, reach the first place in the ranking and remain there for 4 weeks, and today it is still the only song from a rock band to debut in the first position of the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the song received the nomination for «Best Song» at the 1999 Oscars.

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