Daydream Believer

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"Daydream Believer" is a song composed by John Stewart shortly before he left the Kingston Trio. The song was originally 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, and peaked at number five in the UK Singles Chart. It was the Monkees' last number one hit in the U.S. In 1979, the song was also recorded by Anne Murray, whose version reached number three on the U.S. country singles chart and number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Monkees version[edit]

"Daydream Believer"
Single by The Monkees
from the album The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees
B-side "Goin' Down" (non-LP track)
Released October 30, 1967
Format 7"
Recorded Wednesday June 14, 1967 and Wednesday August 9, 1967 at RCA Victor Recording Studios Hollywood
Genre Pop rock, psychedelic pop
Length 3:07
Label Colgems
Writer(s) John Stewart
Producer(s) The Monkees
Chip Douglas
The Monkees singles chronology
"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
"Daydream Believer"

Producer Chip Douglas introduced the Monkees to the song. It was recorded during the sessions for their 1967 album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., but was ultimately included on their 1968 album The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees. All four Monkees appear on the track, with Michael Nesmith on lead guitar, Peter Tork on piano (it was his only appearance on the album and he provided the arrangement ), and Micky Dolenz on backing vocals. Davy Jones wasn't sure of the song's potential at first, and admitted later that he'd recorded the vocal with a hint of annoyance at the ongoing takes.[1] His feelings changed when the song became a hit.

John Stewart's original lyrics in the second stanza were: "You once thought of me as a white knight on a steed, Now you know how funky I can be". When the Monkees recorded the song, "funky" was changed to "happy."

In 1986, three of the four Monkees (Dolenz, Jones, and Tork) mounted a successful reunion tour and had a major hit with the newly recorded "That Was Then, This Is Now." Arista Records, which owned the Monkees' masters at the time, re-released "Daydream Believer" as a follow-up single, re-mixed with a heavier drum track by Michael Lloyd who had produced "That Was Then, This Was Now". The re-released single was a minor hit the second time out, garnering some brief airplay on Top 40 radio stations of the day.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart [2] 7
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[3] 8
German Singles Chart 4
Irish Singles Chart 1
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 4
Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart [2] 2
Swiss Singles Chart [2] 10
UK Singles Chart 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 79
Preceded by
"Incense and Peppermints"
by Strawberry Alarm Clock
Billboard Hot 100
number one single

December 2–23, 1967
Succeeded by
"Hello, Goodbye"
by The Beatles

Anne Murray version[edit]

"Daydream Believer"
Single by Anne Murray
from the album I'll Always Love You
B-side "Do You Think Of Me?"
Released December 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 1979
Genre Country pop
Length 2:26
Label Capitol
Producer(s) Jim Ed Norman
Anne Murray singles chronology
"Broken Hearted Me"
"Daydream Believer"
"Lucky Me"

Anne Murray included it on her 1979 album, I'll Always Love You. The following year her single peaked at number one on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart, and number twelve on the pop chart.[4] In addition the Anne Murray version peaked at number three on the country chart.[5] She re-released the song as a duet with Nelly Furtado on her 2008 album, Anne Murray Duets: Friends and Legends.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 17
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
Preceded by
"Give It All You Got" by Chuck Mangione
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
March 1, 1980
Succeeded by
"Give It All You Got" by Chuck Mangione
Preceded by
by Barbara Mandrell[6]
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 22, 1980[7]
Succeeded by
"My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys"
by Willie Nelson[8]

Other versions[edit]

Composer John Stewart recorded his own version of "Daydream Believer" for his 1971 album The Lonesome Picker Rides Again. The song has also been covered by various artists such as Alvin and the Chipmunks[9] and Susan Boyle.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "You can tell from the vocal that I was pissed off!" Davy Jones, The Monkees Tale, Last Gasp Press, 1986
  2. ^ a b c The Monkees - Daydream Believer
  3. ^ "The Monkees - Daydream Believer". Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 176. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 242. 
  6. ^ "RPM Country Tracks for March 15, 1980". RPM. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "RPM Country Tracks for March 22, 1980". RPM. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "RPM Country Tracks for March 29, 1980". RPM. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Edition] by Various Artists". 2009-12-01. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  10. ^ Kellett, Christine (16 April 2010). "Susan Boyle pulls out of Logie Awards". The Sydney Morning Herald. 

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