How Aerosmith Finally Scored Their First No. 1 Single
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It may have taken them 25 years to do it, but it finally happened. On Sept. 5, 1998, Aerosmith‘s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It remains the group’s only No. 1 single.
Written by professional hitmaker Diane Warren (who’s written for Celine Dion, Michael Bolton and others), “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was recorded for the summer blockbuster film Armageddon. The soundtrack also featured three other Aerosmith songs: “Sweet Emotion,” their cover of the Beatles‘ “Come Together” and an outtake from the Nine Lives sessions, “What Kind of Love Are You On.” Coincidentally or not, the movie starred Liv Tyler, the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” stayed at No. 1 for four weeks and received an Oscar nomination for best original song, losing to “When You Believe,” a duet by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston from the animated The Prince of Egypt. It did, however, win the MTV Movie Award for best song from a movie.
Aerosmith had previously hit the Top 10 on six other occasions, with all but two of those songs — the “Dream On” and “Walk This Way” reissues from 1976 — coming after their late-’80s comeback. Up to that point, “Angel” had been their highest charting song, reaching No. 3 in 1988. Since then, Aerosmith have hit the Top 10 only once, with 2001’s “Jaded.”
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