Dreams (Fleetwood Mac song)

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"Dreams"
FleetwoodmacDreams.jpg
German vinyl single
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
B-side "Songbird"
Released March 24, 1977 (US)
June 1977 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded 1976
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 4:14
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Stevie Nicks
Producer(s)
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Don't Stop"
(1977 UK)

"Go Your Own Way"
(1976 US)
"Dreams"
(1977)
"You Make Loving Fun"
(1977 UK)

"Don't Stop"
(1977 US)
Rumours track listing
Audio sample
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"Dreams" is a song by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac from their eleventh studio album Rumours (1977), written by band member Stevie Nicks. 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 number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the band's only number-one single there; it sold over a million copies. In Canada, "Dreams" also reached number 1 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 Lindsey "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 eleven.[3] In the United Kingdom, "Dreams" went to number 24, staying in the top 40 for eight weeks.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC and the Sunshine Band
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 18, 1977 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Got to Give It Up (Part 1)" by Marvin Gaye

The Corrs version[edit]

"Dreams"
TheCorrsDreams.jpg
Single by The Corrs
from the album Talk on Corners
Released 4 May 1998
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Dance-pop, folk rock, house
Length 4:18
Label 143/Lava/Atlantic
Writer(s) Stevie Nicks
Producer(s) Oliver Leiber
Certification Silver (BPI)
The Corrs singles chronology
"What Can I Do"
(1998)
"Dreams"
(1998)
"So Young"
(1998)

"Dreams" is a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song by The Corrs. "Dreams" was originally recorded for Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, which features cover versions including "Don't Stop" by Elton John, "You Make Loving Fun" by Jewel and others from the Goo Goo Dolls and the Cranberries. It was then remixed by Todd Terry 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).

Track listing[edit]

  • 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) – 8:40
  5. "Dreams" (Tee's Club) – 7:39
  6. "Dreams" (Tee's in House mix) – 4:32

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[8] 47
Canadian Adult Contemporary[9] 10
Canadian RPM Top 100 Singles[10] 38
French Singles Chart[11] 52
German Singles Chart[12] 73
Irish Singles Chart[13] 6
Netherlands Mega Single Top 100[14] 71
UK Singles Chart[15] 6

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom Silver[16] 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 U.S. 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.

Chart (2006) Peak
position
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

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