Dreams (The Cranberries Song)

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Dreams the Cranberries Song

Dreams by The Cranberries 1994 UK European CD rerelease.jpg
Artwork for 1994 European rerelease (UK CD1 single pictured)
Single by The Cranberries
from the album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
  • "What You Were"
  • "Liar"
Released 29 September 1992
1 April 1994 (reissue)
Format CD
Recorded 1992
Length 4:32 (album version)
4:15 (UK radio edit)
4:02 (US radio edit)
Label Island
Stephen Street
The Cranberries singles chronology

Audio sample
Music video
"Dreams" on YouTube
Alternative cover
USA CD single (1994)
USA CD single (1994)

"Dreams" is a song by Irish rock band the Cranberries. It was released in 1992 as the band's debut single, later appearing on the studio album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? A 1990 version was released in Ireland only in the summer of that year. It reached the top 40 on the US Hot 100 Airplay and the top 30 on the UK Singles Chart in early 1994.

The backing vocals on the song are sung by Mike Mahoney, ex-boyfriend of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan. This hit was also a main feature of the Cranberries in the 1994 Woodstock Revival Festival.

In 2017, the song was released as an acoustic, stripped down version on the band's Something Else album.[1]

Music videos

There are three versions of the video. The first version of the music video features Dolores O'Riordan donning her original hairstyle that is seen on the Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? album cover. The video revolves around O'Riordan with the other band members flashing up throughout the video while she's sitting on in a chair with a cross as a back or a close up of her face and eyes. The video shows a mirrored image of O'Riordan to show she does the background vocals and towards the end the band members fade in and out constantly in front of O'Riordan.

The second version shows the Cranberries performing the song in a dimly lit aquatic-themed room interspersed with shots of geometric flowers hitting water. This video received high rotation on MTV's 120 Minutes in 1993 before the release of the band's next single, "Linger", and the re-release of "Dreams" worldwide.

The third version, directed by Peter Scammell which was most commonly shown in America, shows the Cranberries performing the song in a nightclub. Afterward, Dolores O'Riordan heads out to a house where grave robbers dressed in black have placed a man in a very large tree pile. Dolores bathes the tree pile in water. The water frees him and in the final seconds of the video, the man awakens.

Track listings

UK and European 12" single/CD single (1992)

  1. "Dreams" (radio edit) - 4:15
  2. "What You Were" (previously unreleased) - 3:41
  3. "Liar" (previously unreleased) - 2:22
"What You Were" is written by Dolores O'Riordan. "Liar" is written by Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan. "Liar" was later featured in the 1995 film Empire Records.

UK and European 7" single

  1. "Dreams" (album version) - 4:32
  2. "What You Were" (previously unreleased) - 3:41

UK and European special edition 2-disc CD single (1994)

CD 1
  1. "Dreams" (radio edit) - 4:15
  2. "What You Were" (previously unreleased) - 3:41
  3. "Liar" (previously unreleased) - 2:22
CD 2
  1. "Not Sorry" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 4:37
  2. "Wanted" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 2:00
  3. "Dreams" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 4:10
  4. "Liar" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 3:17

US CD single[2]

  1. "Dreams" (album version) - 4:32
  2. "What You Were" (previously unreleased) - 3:41
  3. "Waltzing Back" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 4:02
  4. "Pretty" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 2:09

2-track CD single[3]

  1. "Dreams" (album version) - 4:32
  2. "Linger" (album version) - 4:34


Chart (1993-94) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 30
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 27
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[6] 25
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 9
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[8] 31
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 27
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 42
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 15
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 33
Chart (2018) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 24
Italy (FIMI)[13] 59
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[14] 75
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 77
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[16] 16
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[17] 7

Dario G version

"Dream to Me"
Dario G - Dream to Me single.jpg
Single by Dario G
from the album In Full Colour
Released 22 January 2001
Format CD single
Genre Trance
Length 3:09
  • Scott Rosser
  • Paul Spencer
Dario G singles chronology
"Dream to Me"
"Say What's on Your Mind"

"Dream to Me"
"Say What's on Your Mind"

English electronic music trio Dario G, whose lead singer is Ingrid Straumstøyl, covered the song as "Dream to Me". It was released in January 2001 as the lead single from their second album, In Full Colour. The version reached the top 10 in Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom and it was a number-one hit in Romania.

The song features on Now 48, which climbed its way back into the charts when it featured on Peter Kay's Car Share in 2017.

Track listings

CD maxi-single (Europe 2001)
  1. "Dream to Me" (Radio Edit) - 3:09
  2. "Dream to Me" (Airscape Remix) - 8:58
  3. "Dream to Me" (Warrior Mix) - 7:48
  4. "Dream to Me" (Ian Wilkie Mix) - 8:05

Chart performance

Chart (2001) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[18] 96
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[19] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[19] 38
Germany (Media Control Charts)[19] 9
Ireland (IRMA) 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 33
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 13
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[20] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[21] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 9

Other covers

A Cantonese cover of the song, "Dream Lover", with backing vocals by herself, was a hit single for Chinese singer Faye Wong, included in her 1994 album Random Thoughts.[23]

Passion Pit released a cover of Dreams on the deluxe version of their debut album, "Manners" in 2009.

Bella Ferraro performed the song on X Factor Australia in 2012, that week the song re-entered the ARIA Charts just missing the top 50 at No.51.

Bleachers covered the song at Lollapalooza in 2014.

Providence, RI dreampop band Littlefoot covered the song live in 2016.[24]

Michael Whalen released a cover of Dreams featuring vocals by The New Tarot as the lead single to his album, "Dream Impact" in 2017.[25]

Ohashi Trio covered the song in his 2010 album "FAKE BOOK".

Japanese Breakfast covered the song during their 2018 Spotify Sessions recording.[26]

Matt Kaye released a cover as a single in August 2018.

In popular culture

Television series

See also


  1. ^ "The Cranberries Announce New Acoustic Album Something Else, Share "Linger": Listen". Pitchfork. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Discogs, Dreams US CD (1994). 422-858 487-2.
  3. ^ Amazon, Dreams/Linger (Single, Import), October 1994. Universal/Polygram.
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com - The Cranberries - Dreams". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2463." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2471." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  7. ^ a b "The Irish Charts - Search Results - Dreams". Irish Singles Chart.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "The Cranberries Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "The Cranberries Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "The Cranberries Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Italiancharts.com - The Cranberries - Dreams". Top Digital Download.
  14. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyró?nienia :: Zwi?zek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com - The Cranberries - Dreams". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "The Cranberries Chart History (Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  17. ^ "The Cranberries Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard.
  18. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  19. ^ a b c d e "Dream to me", in various singles charts. lescharts.com. Retrieved 6 September 2008.
  20. ^ "2001". 9 December 2002. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  23. ^ An encore for Faye Wong, China Daily, 11 December 2009.
  24. ^ Littlefoot Band (15 February 2016). "Littlefoot - Dreams (The Cranberries)". Retrieved 2018 – via YouTube.
  25. ^ ""Dreams" (featuring The New Tarot) [Cranberries cover]". Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "Japanese Breakfast Covering the Cranberries Is Pretty Perfect". Noisey. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ MSCL.com.
  28. ^ "u-subtitles.fr". www.u-subtitles.fr. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ "u-subtitles.fr". www.u-subtitles.fr. Retrieved 2018.
  30. ^ "Beach Girls (TV Mini-Series 2005)". Retrieved 2018 – via www.imdb.com.

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