Dream Lover

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"Dream Lover"
Single by Bobby Darin
ReleasedApril 20, 1959
GenreRock and roll, doo-wop, pop
Songwriter(s)Bobby Darin
Producer(s)Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler
Bobby Darin singles chronology
"Plain Jane"
"Dream Lover"
"Mack the Knife"

"Dream Lover" is a song written by Bobby Darin. Darin recorded his composition on March 5, 1959 and released it as a single the following month. It was produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler and engineered by Tom Dowd.

Song background[edit]

In addition to Darin's vocal, the song features Neil Sedaka on piano.[1] While recording it Darin decided to stretch out some chord changes he found on the piano and add strings and voices.[2] A picture sleeve, featuring a portrait of Darin, was also issued for this record in the U.S.

Chart performance[edit]

It was released as a single on Atco Records in the U.S. in 1959, and became a multi-million seller, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a week[3] and No. 4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Sides chart.[4] "Dream Lover" was kept from the No. 1 spot by "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton.[3] It did however reach No. 1 on the UK's New Musical Express chart for four weeks during July 1959.[5] The song also reached No. 5 on Norway's VG-lista,[6] No. 5 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade,[7] No. 12 in Flanders, and No. 21 in Wallonia.[8]

Cover versions[edit]

"Dream Lover"
Single by Tanya Tucker and Glen Campbell
from the album Dreamlovers
B-side"Bronco" (Tanya Tucker)
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1980
RecordedSpring 1980
StudioNashville, Tennessee
Songwriter(s)Bobby Darin
Producer(s)Jerry Crutchfield

In 1961, Dion DiMucci released his version of "Dream Lover" on the album Runaround Sue.

In 1971, Billy "Crash" Craddock released his version of "Dream Lover" as a single. Craddock's version reached No. 1 on Cash Box's Country Top 65 chart[9] and Record World's Country Singles Chart,[10] while reaching No. 5 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart.[11] Craddock's version was included on his 1972 album You Better Move On.[12]

In 1979, Ricky Nelson released a cover of "Dream Lover". His version reached No. 29 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and No. 59 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart.

Also, in 1979, Australian Glen Shorrock of Little River Band covered it. It was in the Australian Top 10 for 18 weeks, in 1979. See here ( Dream Lover, Glenn Shorrock on YouTube)

Country music singers Tanya Tucker and Glen Campbell released a duet of "Dream Lover" as a single on Tucker's 1980 album Dreamlovers.

In 2022, the actress and singer Evan Rachel Wood released her version with her band EVAN + ZANE included on their album "Dream".


  1. ^ "Neil Sedaka, Still Keeping It Together". Exclusive Magazine (Interview). Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk. Retrieved April 7, 2008.
  2. ^ Bobby Darin interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  3. ^ a b "The Billboard Hot 100", Billboard. June 8, 1959. p. 38. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  4. ^ "Hot R&B Sides", Billboard. June 15, 1959. p. 39. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Bobby Darin - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  6. ^ Bobby Darin - Dream Lover, norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  7. ^ "1050 CHUM – CHUM Charts". CHUM. Archived from the original on November 7, 2006. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  8. ^ Bobby Darin - Dream Lover, Ultratop. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  9. ^ "Cash Box Country Top 65", Cash Box. September 4, 1971. p. 64. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  10. ^ "The Country Singles Chart", Record World. August 28, 1971. p. 45. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  11. ^ "Hot Country Singles", Billboard. August 14, 1971. p. 26. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  12. ^ "Billboard Album Reviews", Billboard. February 5, 1972. p. 54. Retrieved February 6, 2021.