Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” inspired by Barbra Streisand’s love story.

Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" inspired by Barbra Streisand's love story.

The world of rock and roll might seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for a love song, but for Aerosmith’s 1998 hit “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” the answer lies in the unlikely romance between Barbra Streisand and James Brolin.

The world of rock and roll might seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for a love song, but for Aerosmith’s 1998 hit “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” the answer lies in the unlikely romance between Barbra Streisand and James Brolin.

The story goes that the song’s songwriter, Diane Warren, was watching a 20/20 interview with Streisand when she heard the actress recount a tender moment with her husband, Brolin. Streisand recalled that while lying in bed with Brolin, he had expressed his reluctance to fall asleep, fearing that he would miss out on precious moments with her.

Warren, struck by the simplicity and depth of Brolin’s sentiment, jotted down his words, “I don’t want to fall asleep because I’ll miss you.” These words would later form the core of “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” a song that would become one of Aerosmith’s most iconic and beloved hits.

The song’s emotional resonance, captured in lines like “Every moment spent with you is better than the last,” has resonated with listeners worldwide, making it a popular choice for weddings, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

While Aerosmith’s frontman, Steven Tyler, initially expressed reservations about recording a power ballad, the song’s success proved him wrong. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, won four Grammy Awards, and even received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for its inclusion in the blockbuster film “Armageddon.”

The song’s enduring popularity and its unexpected connection to Barbra Streisand’s love story serve as a testament to the universal power of love and the ability of music to capture and express its profound emotions.

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