Your Wildest Dreams
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|"Your Wildest Dreams"|
|Single by The Moody Blues|
|from the album The Other Side of Life|
|Released||9 April 1986|
|Genre||Pop rock, new wave|
|The Moody Blues singles chronology|
"Your Wildest Dreams" is a 1986 single by the progressive rock band The Moody Blues, and it was written by the band's lead guitarist Justin Hayward. The song was first released as a single, and was later released on the Moody Blues 1986 album The Other Side of Life. It was a top-10 hit in the United States, peaking at #9, which had not happened to a Moody Blues song since "Nights in White Satin" in 1972. The song also became an Adult Contemporary number-one hit, and also charted at number two on the Mainstream Rock chart.
The Moody Blues' previous album, The Present, was relatively unsuccessful, although it did contain a couple of moderately successful singles. This caused the Moody Blues to lose some of their popularity among younger audiences. The success of "Your Wildest Dreams" reintroduced the Moody Blues to this younger audience, and their popularity was boosted even higher than before as a result.
With the band moving towards a more electronic sound, the Moody Blues relied less upon band member Ray Thomas and his flute skills—"Your Wildest Dreams" was one of the first singles not to feature Thomas at all—though Thomas would continue to be a major asset to the Moody Blues' concerts, as he would continue to play flute on their earlier songs, in addition to being a back-up vocalist.
The lyrics of "Your Wildest Dreams" tell the story of a man who is remembering his first love, and wonders if she remembers him the way he remembers her. "Your Wildest Dreams" was followed up by a sequel in 1988. The sequel is titled "I Know You're Out There Somewhere", and it appears on the Moody Blues album Sur la Mer.
A music video was also produced for "Your Wildest Dreams", which received a Billboard Video of the Year award. The video was frequently featured on MTV. The model in the video is Janet Spencer-Turner.
|Mainstream Rock Tracks||2|
|Billboard Hot 100||9|
- Justin Hayward - acoustic guitar, vocals
- John Lodge - bass guitar
- Patrick Moraz - keyboards
- Graeme Edge - drums, percussion
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 174.
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|Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
July 5, 1986 (2 weeks)
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