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25 Hit Songs Named After Dreams


In the history of music, there have been hundred of songs centered on
dreams and dreaming.  Dreams are one of the most mysterious functions of
the human mind and they have the strange ability to illicit strong emotional
responses.  Dreams bring you into a world of past experience, make
believe, excitement, dread, fear, and sometimes reality.  Many people
experience dreams of lost love and romantic longing.  This article will be
examining the greatest musical singles that have the word “dream” in the title
of the song.  Many famous musicians have used their dreams to express a
lyrical story and sometimes dreams tell us more about a person then any
interview ever could.      

25. John Mayer - Dreaming with a Broken Heart

Dreaming with a Broken Heart is a song by John Mayer that was released on
his 2006 album Continuum.  The single entered the U.S Billboard Hot 100
chart at its peak position of #99.  It also peaked on the Hot Adult
Contemporary Tracks at #8, making it Mayer's eighth single to enter the Top
10 on the U.S. AC Chart.  Billboard Magazine called the song "Another
bull's-eye from a rare singer/songwriter who has proven to be a major

24. Dan Hartman - I Can Dream About You

I Can Dream About You is a song performed by Dan Hartman for the
soundtrack album Streets of Fire.  It was originally released in 1984 as a
single off Hartman's album I Can Dream About You and peaked at #6 on the
U.S. singles chart.  Sadly, Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor resulting from
AIDS on March 22, 1994 in his home in Westport, Connecticut at the age of

23. The Dirt Band - An American Dream (with Linda Ronstadt)

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is an American country-folk-rock band that was
founded in Long Beach, California in 1966.  The group's membership has
had at least a dozen changes over the years, including a period from 1976
to 1981 when they performed and recorded as The Dirt Band.  Albums
during this period included The Dirt Band and An American Dream.  The
single American Dream featuring Linda Ronstadt reached #13 on the popular
music charts in the U.S.  The band also appeared on Saturday Night Live,
and, billed as The Toot Uncommons, provided backing for Steve Martin on
his million-selling novelty tune, King Tut.

22. Selena - Dreaming of You

Dreaming of You is the name of a Selena love song written by Franne Golde
and Tom Snow.  It was Selena's biggest single, peaking at #21 on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100.  The song was released at the end of the first quarter of
1995, after Selena's murder.  It appeared on the album of the same name,
which was also released posthumously.

21. Tom Waits - Innocent When You Dream

Tom Waits is an American singer-songwriter, composer and actor.  Waits
has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding
"like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a
few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.”  With this
trademark growl, he has incorporated many musical styles, including blues,
jazz, and vaudeville.  He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent
songwriters despite having little radio or music video support.

Tom Waits has been nominated for a number of major music awards and
has won two Grammy Awards.  Innocent When You Dream is a song that
was released on Waits 1987 album Franks Wild Years.  Subsequently, the
song has been plagiarized and used in commercials.  Tom Waits has been
forced to sue, as he will not allow any of his music to be commercialized. 

20. Gabrielle - Dreams

Dreams is the debut single from Gabrielle.  It was written by Gabrielle and
Tim Laws and produced by Richie Fermie.  The song reached #1 on the UK
singles chart for three weeks in June of 1993.  It entered the British charts at
#2, which was the highest chart entry by a debut act at that time.  The song
peaked at #26 in the U.S. and #2 in Australia.  Dreams was also a hit in Italy,
Switzerland, France, and New Zealand. 

19. Johnny Burnette - Dreamin'

Johnny Burnette was a Rockabilly pioneer.  Along with his older brother
Dorsey Burnette and a friend named Paul Burlison, Johnny Burnette was a
founding member of The Rock and Roll Trio.  The song Dreamin’ was
released on May 4, 1960, and made Johnny famous to millions of people
who had never heard of The Rock and Roll Trio, although Johnny released
Dreamin’ as a solo artist.  The song reached #11 on the U.S. singles chart
and peaked at #5 in Britain.  Unlike his older recordings, Dreamin’ was
overlaid with an orchestral backing.

18. John Lennon - #9 Dream

#9 Dream is a song written and performed by John Lennon.  It was featured
as the seventh track on his 1974 album Walls and Bridges.  It continues
Lennon's fascination with the number nine (he was born on October 9, and,
coincidentally, the track also peaked at #9 in the U.S. charts).  Lennon wrote
and arranged the song around his dream, hence the title and the
atmospheric, dreamlike feel of the song. 

17. The Moody Blues - Your Wildest Dreams

Your Wildest Dreams is a hit single performed by the rock band The Moody
Blues.  The song was first released as a single, and was later part of the
band’s 1986 album The Other Side of Life.  Your Wildest Dreams was a top-
10 hit in the United States, peaking at #9, which had not happened to a
Moody Blues song since the 1967 single Nights in White Satin.  Your
Wildest Dreams lyrics tells the story of a man who is remembering his first
love, and wonders if she remembers him the way he remembers her.  

16. 009 Sound System - Dreamscape

009 Sound System is an experimental pop project that started in 2008.
Songs performed by 009 Sound System are entirely written, performed,
and produced by Alexander Perls.  His music is officially characterized as
trance, which is a genre of electronic dance music that was developed in the
1990s.  Dreamscape is the band’s most successful song to date and it has
received quite a following over the Internet. 

15. Gary Wright - Dream Weaver

Dream Weaver is a song by Gary Wright that was a hit single in the U.S.
reaching #2 in the Billboard charts, while it reached #1 in the Cash Box
charts, Australia, Canada and Europe in 1976.  The song was featured on
the album The Dream Weaver released in 1975.  It was one of the first-ever
records that showcased a synthesizer and keyboard.  Dream Weaver, and
its keyboard introduction, according to Wes Craven, inspired the concept
behind the film A Nightmare on Elm Street.  It was also sampled in a highly
successful 1990 Wayne's World episode of Saturday Night Live and
featured on the Wayne’s World soundtrack.

14. The Cranberries - Dreams

Dreams is a song by rock band The Cranberries.  It was released on their
1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?  The
backing vocals on the song are sung by Mike Mahoney, ex-boyfriend of
Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan.  The Cranberries debut album
peaked at #9 on the Irish charts and #1 in the UK.  The single Dreams
reached the Top 30 in Ireland, Australia, the UK, and in the U.S. 

13. Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car

Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car is a #1 single by singer Billy Ocean.
The song gained major popularity due to its cutting-edge video, which
featured cartoon mixed with live-action sequences. In 1988, the song
reached the top of the charts in the United States, Austria, the Netherlands,
and Norway.  It peaked at #3 in the UK.  It was also featured in the 1988
teen comedy License to Drive. 

12. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Dream a Little Dream of Me

Dream a Little Dream of Me is a song that was written by Fabian Andre and
Wilbur Schwandt, with lyrics by Gus Kahn.  The song was originally recorded
by Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra on February 16, 1931 for Brunswick
Records.  Since that time, it has been covered by hundreds of artists.  For
this article I have included the Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald version of
Dream a Little Dream of Me.  The most commercially successful version of
the song was recorded by the Mamas & the Papas in April of 1968.

11. Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over

Don't Dream It's Over is a pop/rock song written by New Zealander Neil Finn
and performed by Crowded House.  In 1987, the song was used on the
band’s debut album titled Crowded House.  Don’t Dream It’s Over peaked at
#2 in the U.S. and reached the top of the charts in Australia and New
Zealand.  It was ranked #7 on a list of the 100 Best Australian Songs of all
time, even though lead singer Neil Finn is from New Zealand.   

10. Mariah Carey - Dreamlover

Dreamlover is a song written and produced by American singer Mariah
Carey, Dave Hall and Walter Afanasieff.  The song was released on Mariah
Carey’s fourth album Music Box (1993).  Dreamlover became Carey's
seventh #1 single in the United States.  The song spent eight weeks at the
top spot, from September 5 to October 30, 1993.  Dreamlover was also a
major success outside the U.S., becoming Carey's fourth #1 single in
Canada.  It peaked at #2 in New Zealand and reached the Top 10 in several
countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Netherlands.

9. Roy Orbison - In Dreams

In Dreams is a song composed and sung by rock and roll performer Roy
Orbison.  It is an operatic ballad of lost love and was released as a single in
February of 1963.  The song became the title track on the album In Dreams,
released in July of the same year.  It has a unique structure and contains
seven distinct musical movements, in which Orbison sings through two
octaves.  The song peaked at #7 in the U.S. and charted in England for five
months during the early 1960s, while Roy Orbison toured and sharing billing
with The Beatles. 

8. Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams is a song by the pop music duo Eurythmics, which includes
David A. Stewart and Annie Lennox.  The song was released as a single and
was the title track of the group’s album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).
Sweet Dreams provided Eurythmics with their breakthrough into commercial
success.  In 1983, it reached the top of the U.S. singles chart and peaked at
#2 in the UK.  Sweet Dreams also reached the Top 10 in Ireland, Austria,
Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and South Africa.    

7. Ozzy Osbourne - Dreamer

Dreamer is the third track from Ozzy Osbourne's album Down to Earth, which
was released in October of 2001.  The single peaked at #10 on U.S.
Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart.  It describes Ozzy’s vision of a better
world for his children, where they are happy and safe.  Ozzy Osbourne
compares Dreamer to John Lennon's hugely famous Imagine, which
contains the line: "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
Ozzy has said that The Beatles have had a huge influence on him and his
music.  Another reference to John Lennon is the line "After all, there's only
just the two of us.”  This is an acknowledgment of the Beatles song Two of

6. The Lovin' Spoonful - Daydream

Daydream is the second album by The Lovin' Spoonful, released in 1966.
The record featured two hit songs, the title track, which reached #2 on the
U.S. singles chart, and You Didn't Have to Be So Nice.  The single
Daydream also peaked at #2 in the UK.  The song originated with John
Sebastian's attempt to rewrite The Supremes hit Baby Love. 

5. Aerosmith - Dream On

Dream On is the first single from Aerosmith’s1973 debut album.  The song
was written by lead singer Steven Tyler and became the band’s first major
hit.  Dream On was officially released in June of 1973 and peaked at number
59 in the U.S.  It was a big radio hit in the band's native city of Boston.
Dream On frequently rivals Sweet Emotion and Walk This Way for the title
of Aerosmith's signature song.  In the early 1990s, the band performed the
song live with an orchestra for MTV's 10th Anniversary.

4. The Monkees - Daydream Believer

Daydream Believer is a song composed by John Stewart shortly before he
left the Kingston Trio.  The song was recorded by The Monkees, with Davy
Jones singing lead vocals.  The single hit the number one spot on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1967, remaining there for four weeks.
It peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart.  The song was also popular in
Norway, Japan, Austria, and Switzerland.  It was The Monkees last #1 hit in
the U.S.

3. Fleetwood Mac - Dreams

Dreams is a song that was released on Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album
Rumours.  The song was written and performed by Stevie Nicks.  It remains
the only U.S. #1 hit for the group, and is a popular song all over the world.
Dreams reached the top 10 in Ireland, Canada, and the UK. 

2. The Everly Brothers - All I Have to do is Dream

All I Have to do Is Dream is a popular song made famous by the Everly
Brothers.  The lyrics were written by the legendary husband and wife
songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.  The song reached #1 on the
U.S. singles chart in 1958.  It is ranked as #141 on Rolling Stone magazine’s
list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.   All I Have to do is Dream
remains one of the most covered songs in history. 

R.E.M. Version

1. Bobby Darin - Dream Lover

Dream Lover is a song written and recorded by Bobby Darin on March 5,
1959.  It is considered a soulful rock song.  The song became a multi-million
seller, reaching #2 on  the U.S. singles chart and #1 in UK.  It was released
as a single on Atco Records. In addition to Darin's vocal, the song features
Neil Sedaka on the piano. 

Honorable Mentions

The Coral - Dreaming Of You

Dreaming of You is a song by the English band The Coral and is featured on
their debut album.  It was released on October 29, 2002.  The melody used
in the song resembles My World Is Empty Without You by The Supremes.
Dreaming of You peaked at #13 in the UK. 

Hall & Oates - You Make My Dreams

You Make My Dream is a 1980 single by Hall & Oates.  It was released on
their album Voices and reached #5 on the U.S. singles chart in 1981.  The
song made a minor comeback in 2009 when it was featured prominently in
the indie Sundance film, (500) Days of Summer.

Songs About Dreams

Metallica - Enter Sandman

Enter Sandman is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica.  It is
featured as the opening track and lead single from their eponymous 1991
album.  The song was produced by Bob Rock, and the music was written by
Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, and James Hetfield.  Vocalist and guitarist
Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the concept of a child's nightmares.
The video included shows Metallica in true rock star form. 

Queensrÿche - Silent Lucidity

Silent Lucidity is a single by the American progressive metal band
Queensrÿche.  It was released on the bands 1990 album Empire.  The song
peaked at #9 on the U.S. singles chart and #18 in the UK.  The lyrics of
Silent Lucidity are based on the subject of lucid dreaming.  If you have ever
experienced a lucid dream, this song is a must listen.  The video includes the

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