Dreams are fascinating. Dreams are visions in our head during sleep, they're fantasies we lose ourself in during the day, and they're ambitions we have for the future. It's no wonder, then, that they're a popular theme when it comes to writing music. Here are some of our favourite "dreamy" tunes.
Dream a Little Dream of Me - The Mamas & the Papas
A jazz standard first recorded in 1931 but made famous by Mama Cass and her band in 1968, Dream a Little Dream of Me has gone on to see more than 40 cover versions including by The Beautiful South, Erasure and Michael Buble. But our favourite version has got to be Doris Day's rendition in 1957.
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
The highest mainstream charting single of the group's iconic 2004 album American Idiot, this is truly one of Green Day's signature songs. It's the only song to win both a Grammy Award for Record of the Year and MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
From the synthpop band's 1983 album of the same name, this earworm is a staple for 80s classics. Of course, Marilyn Manson did a popular cover back in 1995 for his covers EP Smells Like Children, and - like Tainted Love and Personal Jesus - it's become a favourite version for many.
I Have a Dream - ABBA
Featured on their 1979 album Voulez-Vous and released with B-side Take a Chance on Me (Live at Wembley), it's probably more recognisable to the younger generation as Westlife's 1999 Christmas number one from their eponymous debut album.
Dreams - The Cranberries
The 1992 debut single of this Irish rock band which later went on to appear on the album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?. In 2017, a stripped-down acoustic number was unveiled for the Something Else album, which would be the final record featuring lead singer Dolores O'Riordan.
Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
Golden era Katy Perry dropped this single, the titular track from her third album, back in 2010. It reached number one in the US and is all about young love. It's the kind of power-pop that was all the rage in the early "teenies" and is certainly one of KP's best tunes.
(Nice Dream) - Radiohead
While taken from one of the most iconic Radiohead albums of all time, The Bends, this little-known tune was never released as a single. A shame really, given that it's a particularly beautiful song from the record and deserves a lot more recognition than it has had.
Dreams - Gabrielle
The debut single and signature song of this London diva, Dreams featured on her first studio album Find Your Way, released in 1993. Originally, it featured a sample of Tracy Chapman's Fast Car but eventually had to be removed for copyright reasons. It's also hugely famous for its appearance in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1999 movie Magnolia.
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