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?|
|Released||29 September 1992|
1 April 1994 (reissue)
|Length||4:32 (album version)|
4:15 (UK radio edit)
4:02 (US radio edit)
|The Cranberries singles chronology|
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.
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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.
UK and European 12" single/CD single (1992)
UK and European 7" single
UK and European special edition 2-disc CD single (1994)
US CD single
2-track CD single
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||27|
|Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)||25|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||31|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||27|
|US Billboard Hot 100||42|
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||15|
|US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)||33|
|Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)||75|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||77|
|US Digital Songs (Billboard)||16|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||7|
|"Dream to Me"|
|Single by Dario G|
|from the album In Full Colour|
|Released||22 January 2001|
|Dario G singles chronology|
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. This version reached number one in Romania and the top 10 in Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
CD maxi-single (Europe 2001)
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||8|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||38|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||9|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||33|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||50|
|Romania (Romanian Top 100)||1|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||4|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||15|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||9|
|UK Dance (Official Charts Company)||6|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||64|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||55|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||88|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||170|
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.
Ohashi Trio covered the song in his 2010 album "FAKE BOOK".
Matt Kaye released a cover as a single in August 2018.