Dreaming (Blondie song)

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Single by Blondie
from the album Eat to the Beat
B-side "Sound-A-Sleep"
"Living in the Real World"
Released September 14, 1979
Format 7" single
Genre Power pop,[1] new wave
Length 3:08
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Chris Stein, Debbie Harry
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Certification Silver (UK)
Blondie singles chronology
"One Way or Another"
"Union City Blue"
Music sample

"Dreaming" is a song by the American new wave band Blondie. Released in 1979, it was the lead single from their fourth album Eat to the Beat.[2] It peaked at #2 in the British singles chart and at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.


The lyrics for "Dreaming" originated from the line, "dreaming is free," which band member Chris Stein thought of.[3] After hearing the music for the song that Stein wrote, Debbie Harry wrote the rest of the lyrics.[3] Musically, the song is a fast paced new wave song. Stein has since claimed that the song is "pretty much a cop" of "Dancing Queen" by ABBA.[3]

According to the band's guitarist Jimmy Destri, the song, like many from the Eat to the Beat album, was recorded live in the studio.[4] The song also features a frantic drum performance by drummer Clem Burke. Burke said of his drumming on the song, "The reason why 'Dreaming' came out the way it did is because [producer Mike Chapman] really gave me free rein and it was really a surprise."[4]

"Dreaming" was released on September 14, 1979 as the first single from Eat to the Beat. Backed with its fellow Eat to the Beat tracks "Sound-A-Sleep" in the UK and "Living in the Real World" in the US, the song was a chart hit, reaching #2 in the Britain and at #27 in America, as well as #3 in Ireland and #4 in Canada. It has since been featured on multiple compilation albums, such as The Best of Blondie, The Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie, Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie, and Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux.

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single featuring Debbie Harry wearing a solid blue unitard and matching sheer blouse designed by Stephen Sprouse.[5]

Release history[edit]

UK 7" (CHS 2359, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Sound-A-Sleep" (Harry, Stein) — 4:18

US 7" (CHS 2379, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Living in the Real World" (Jimmy Destri) — 2:53

US 12" Promo (CHS14-PDJ, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions and appearances in other media[edit]

  • The Smashing Pumpkins covered the song on their 1996 The Aeroplane Flies High box-set.[23] Bassist D'arcy Wretzky and singer Billy Corgan shared vocal duties on the track. The cover had a different beat, which was very slow and reminiscent of trip hop.
  • The Posies covered it during a live radio performance. Their version appears on the 2000 box set "At Least At Last".[24]
  • Yo La Tengo covered it on the 1992 various-artists album entitled Freedom Of Choice: Yesterday's New Wave Hits As Performed By Today's Stars.
  • Amy Speace performs a country cover of this song on her 2006 album Songs for Bright Street.
  • Jeff Tweedy of Wilco covered it on October 21, 1999.
  • Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles recorded a version which appears on the deluxe edition of their 2009 album Under the Covers, Vol. 2.[25]
  • Was featured in the 2008 film Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
  • Pop punk band The Backseat Virgins covered it on their album Carl.
  • It was also featured in the 1998 film SLC Punk!.
  • The Australian band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds covered it on their album Poor Virginia.
  • Blondie re-recorded the song for the 2014 compilation album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux. The compilation was part of a 2-disc set called Blondie 4(0) Ever which included their 10th studio album Ghosts of Download and marked the 40th anniversary of the forming of the band.


  1. ^ Danyel Smith, ed. (2002). "Billboard 14 december 2002". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510.  "The near-capacity crowd (...) then went wild when they heard Burke 's unmistakable drum roll intro to "Dreaming," perhaps the band's definitive power-pop single."
  2. ^ Rae Cohen, Debra (November 30, 1983). "Eat to the Beat". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ a b c "Dreaming". songfacts.com. 
  4. ^ a b Porter, Dick; Needs, Kris. Blondie: Parallel Lines. 
  5. ^ Cathy Che (1999), 'Deborah Harry: Platinum Blonde', MPG Books Ltd, Cornwall, p.96
  6. ^ bulion. "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". ARIA. Australian-charts.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Blondie – Dreaming" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blondie – Dreaming" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Dreaming - BLONDIE". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Retrieved July 28, 2013.  Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 14
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 32, No. 11, December 08 1979". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc (in French). InfoDisc.fr. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013.  You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "Blondie"
  12. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Blondie – Dreaming". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". IRMA. Retrieved July 28, 2013.  4th result when searching "Dreaming"
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Blondie - Dreaming search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Blondie – Dreaming" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Blondie – Dreaming". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Blondie – Dreaming". VG-lista. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Blondie – Dreaming". Singles Top 60. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 1979-10-06" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  20. ^ "Eat to the Beat awards at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Canadian 1979 Top 100 Singles". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "British single certifications – Blondie – Dreaming". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 March 2012.  Enter Dreaming in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  23. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Aeroplane Flies High review at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  24. ^ Jason Damas. "At Least, At Last review at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Digital Release: Under the Covers Vol. 2 - Deluxe Edition". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 

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