Diane Warren is a songwriter who’s written some of the most successful love songs ever: among them, you’ll find Cher’s hit “If I could turn back time” and Starship’s “Nothing’s gonna stop us now” (the theme from the 80’s movie Mannequin).
Warren stated in an interview that the concept for “I don’t want to miss a thing” came from another interview, one she watched. It was with Barbra Streisand and her husband, James Brolin, who told the interviewer how he doesn’t like to go to sleep if he misses her. Warren thought:
‘Wow that’s a cool idea for a song if I can figure that out,’ and that’s where I got the title from.
She also saw it could go well with the “end of the world” topic that’s the center of the movie Armageddon.
When she wrote it, she thought it would end up in the hands of someone like Céline Dion. Even though she’s stated that she’s a great singer with a powerful voice, it’s “much cooler” for Warren to hear it in the rough voice of Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler.