Dreams (Fleetwood Mac song)

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German vinyl single
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
Released24 March 1977
GenreSoft rock[1]
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Stevie Nicks
Fleetwood Mac American singles chronology
"Go Your Own Way"
"Don't Stop"
Fleetwood Mac British singles chronology
"Don't Stop"
"You Make Loving Fun"
Rumours track listing
Audio sample

"Dreams" is a song by Fleetwood Mac from their eleventh studio album Rumours (1977). In the United States, "Dreams" was released as the second single from Rumours on March 24, 1977, while in the United Kingdom it was released as the third single in June 1977. A performance of "Dreams" on stage was used as the promotional music video.

In the US, "Dreams" reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, the band's only number-one single there; it sold over a million copies. In Canada, "Dreams" also reached number one on the RPM Top 100 Singles chart.

Background and composition[edit]

The members of Fleetwood Mac were experiencing emotional upheavals while recording the Rumours album. Mick Fleetwood was going through a divorce. John McVie was separating from his wife Christine McVie. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were ending their eight-year relationship. "We had to go through this elaborate exercise of denial," explained Buckingham to Blender magazine, "keeping our personal feelings in one corner of the room while trying to be professional in the other."[2]

Nicks wrote the song in early 1976 at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California. "One day when I wasn't required in the main studio," remembers Nicks to Blender magazine, "I took a Fender Rhodes piano and went into another studio that was said to belong to Sly Stone, of Sly and the Family Stone. It was a black-and-red room, with a sunken pit in the middle where there was a piano, and a big black-velvet bed with Victorian drapes."[2]

"I sat down on the bed with my keyboard in front of me," continues Nicks. "I found a drum pattern, switched my little cassette player on and wrote 'Dreams' in about 10 minutes. Right away I liked the fact that I was doing something with a dance beat, because that made it a little unusual for me."[2]

When Nicks played the song to the rest of the group, "They weren't nuts about it. But I said 'Please! Please record this song, at least try it'. Because the way I play things sometimes... you really have to listen." The band recorded it the following day. Only a basic track was recorded at Sausalito. Recording assistant Cris Morris remembers that "all (they) kept was the drum track and live vocal from Stevie – the guitars and bass were added later in Los Angeles."[2] Christine McVie described the song as having "just three chords and one note in the left hand" and "boring" when Nicks played a rough version on the piano. McVie changed her mind after Buckingham "fashioned three sections out of identical chords, making each section sound completely different. He created the impression that there's a thread running through the whole thing."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Dreams" reached the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 18, 1977, and held it for one week. On the Adult Contemporary chart, "Dreams" was Fleetwood Mac's highest charting single during the 1970s when it reached number 11.[3] In the United Kingdom, "Dreams" went to number 24, staying in the top 40 for eight weeks.

Credits and personnel[edit]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Wild Colour version[edit]

Single by Wild Colour
Length4:08 (Perfecto Radio Mix)
Songwriter(s)Stevie Nicks

Oakenfold and Osborne released "Dreams" in 1995 under the name Wild Colour. The song received remixes by BT, Tin Tin Out and Jason Nevins. It was then featured on Oakenfold's 1995 album Perfection: A Perfecto Compilation.

  • PERF105CD
  1. "Dreams" (Perfecto Radio Mix)
  2. "Dreams" (Perfecto Club Mix)
  3. "Dreams" (BT's Circadian Dream)
  4. "Dreams" (Tin Tin Out Vocal Mix)
  5. "Dreams" (Perfecto Jeep Mix)
  • PERF105T
  1. "Dreams" (Perfecto Club Mix)
  2. "Dreams" (Tin Tin Out Vocal Mix)
  3. "Dreams" (BT's Circadian Dream)
  4. "Dreams" (Perfecto Jeep Mix - Edit)

The Corrs version[edit]

Single by The Corrs
from the album Talk on Corners
Released4 May 1998
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)Stevie Nicks
Producer(s)Oliver Leiber
The Corrs singles chronology
"What Can I Do"
"So Young"
Music video
"Dreams" on YouTube

The Corrs originally recorded "Dreams" for Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, the 20th anniversary album of cover versions which also featured "Don't Stop" by Elton John, "You Make Loving Fun" by Jewel and others from the Goo Goo Dolls and the Cranberries. The cover version was originally recorded similar to the original until Oliver Leiber transformed the recording into a dance and house track mixed with a violin and tin whistle hook and a rhythmic bassline. It was then remixed by Todd Terry for single release and became the first big hit for The Corrs in the UK, reaching number 6 in the UK singles chart and staying in the chart for 10 weeks. The video also won the "Best Adult Contemporary Video" award from Billboard magazine in 1998. The Corrs' second studio album, Talk on Corners, was then re-released with "Dreams" added.

The Corrs performed "Dreams" with Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac in their concert at the Royal Albert Hall on St. Patrick's Day, 1998 (which was also Caroline Corr's 25th birthday).

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "The Corrs bring an interesting Celtic flavor to the first pop single from "Legacy: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac's Rumours." Although it's difficult to let go of the intense drama of the original recording, the act's earnest delivery is to be commended and appreciated. In an effort to better connect with the kids of crossover radio, club icon Todd Terry has been enlisted to remix the song with a more forceful disco sound. It was a wise move that gives this single a fighting chance in drawing the positive attention of the pop masses."[9]

Track listing[edit]

(Durations for tracks 1 (listed as 3:59) and 4 (listed as 8:40) on the sleeve and on the CD are wrong, corrected below. The radio edit is actually longer than the album version. The single was released in Germany, South Africa and Australia with the same track listing - and wrong track lengths - but with different covers.)[10]

  • CD
  1. "Dreams" (radio edit) – 4:18
  2. "Dreams" (Tee's Radio) – 3:53
  3. "Dreams" (Tee's New Radio) (Todd's Henry St. Mix) – 3:52
  4. "Dreams" (TNT Pop extended mix) – 7:40
  5. "Dreams" (Tee's Club) – 7:39
  6. "Dreams" (Tee's in House mix) – 4:32


Chart (1999) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts)[11] 47
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 14
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[12] 10
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[13] 38
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[14] 24
France (SNEP)[15] 52
Germany (GfK Entertainment Charts)[16] 73
Hungary (Mahasz)[17] 9
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 6
Netherlands (Tipparade)[19] 10
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[20] 71
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[21] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 6


Country Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom Silver[23] 200,000+

Deep Dish cover featuring Stevie Nicks[edit]

In 2005, Nicks contributed new vocals to a remake of the song by DJ and house music duo Deep Dish. The song appears on their album George Is On, and was a top twenty UK Singles Chart hit and climbed to number 26 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart. Also, an edited version of the song is included on her 2007 album Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks. In its music video, directed by Honey, model and actress Winter Ave Zoli serves as the main protagonist.

Chart (2006) Peak
Australia Singles Chart 27
Netherlands Singles Chart 18
Belgium Singles Chart 42
Irish Singles Chart 22
Finland Singles Chart 6
US Hot Dance Club Play 26
UK Singles Chart 14
Italy Singles Chart 39


  1. ^ Cruz, Gilbert (21 October 2011). "All-TIME 100 Songs – 'Dreams'". Time. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Greatest Songs Ever! Dreams". Blender Magazine. Retrieved 1 January 2007.
  3. ^ a b The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever - Billboard.com
  4. ^ "Fleetwood Mac – Singles". Official Charts. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  5. ^ RPM
  6. ^ Billboard
  7. ^ "British single certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Dreams". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 February 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Dreams in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  8. ^ "American single certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Dreams". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 22 February 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  9. ^ "Billboard: Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard magazine (1998-04-04, page 65). Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  10. ^ "The Corrs - Dreams". Discogs. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  11. ^ Australian Charts
  12. ^ Canadian Charts (Adult Contemporary)
  13. ^ Canadian Charts
  14. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  15. ^ French Charts
  16. ^ German Charts
  17. ^ "Top 10 Hungary" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  18. ^ Irish Charts Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite
  19. ^ "The Corrs - Dreams" (in Dutch). top40.nl. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  20. ^ Dutch Charts
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  22. ^ Everyhit Archived 12 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ The Corrs Awards

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