Dreams (Gabrielle song)

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"Dreams"
Gabrielle - Dreams.jpg
Single by Gabrielle
from the album Find Your Way
Released7 June, 1993
Format
Recorded1992
GenreBritish soul[1]
Length3:44
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Richie Fermie
Gabrielle singles chronology
"Dreams"
(1993)
"Going Nowhere"
(1993)
Music video
"Dreams" on YouTube

"Dreams" is a song by English singer Gabrielle. It was written by Gabrielle and Tim Laws and produced by Richie Fermie for her debut studio album Find Your Way (1993). Originally, the song included a sample of the song "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman,[2] but because of copyright reasons the sample had to be removed.[3] Released as Gabrielle's debut single, "Dreams" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 2, which was the highest chart entry a debut female solo act had scored in the United Kingdom at that time.[2] before reaching number one for three weeks in June 1993.[4] The song also peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, while peaking at number-one on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart.[5]

"Dreams" is widely seen as Gabrielle's signature song and its lyrics inspired as the title of her greatest hits compilation Dreams Can Come True, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (2001). The song was later sampled by the More Fire Crew on their 2002 single "Dreams" and is featured heavily in the 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson film Magnolia, where the character Donnie Smith plays the song repeatedly as a motivational aid. It is also used in the trailer for the 2000 film Purely Belter. In 2013, Gabrielle re-recorded the track with producer Naughty Boy for her compilation album Now and Always: 20 Years of Dreaming.

Critical reception[edit]

The Gavin Report wrote about the song: "Still charted in the U.K. where she took this track Top 10, Gabrielle's warm vocal style is just right to compliment the hook-laden melody that she co-wrote."[6]

Track listings[edit]

UK CD[7]
No.TitleLength
1."Dreams" (7" Version)3:44
2."Dreams" (The Developed Arrested Mix)6:25
3."Dreams" (Our Tribe House Mix)6:41
4."Dreams" (Dignity Mix)5:44
5."Dreams" (Easy Mix)5:39
6."Dreams" (Law's House)4:00
7."Dreams" (The Red Underground Mix)6:16
US CD[8]
No.TitleLength
1."Dreams" (7" Version)3:44
2."Dreams" (Breakdown Mix)3:53
3."Dreams" (Acoustic Version)3:51
4."Dreams" (Dignity Mix Edit)3:44
5."Dreams" (Easy Mix Edit)3:46

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[27] Platinum 70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Gold 707,000[28]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other versions[edit]

  • In 2008, a dance version with male verses was released by FNP.[30]
  • In 2013, Gabrielle herself re-recorded the track with producer Naughty Boy. It can be found on her album Now and Always: 20 Years of Dreaming.
  • In 2017, UK producer Alex Ross released a cover, featuring vocals by Dakota and a rap verse from T-Pain.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillips, Dom (25 September 1993). "U.K. Fray: Trip or Trance, Tech or Tribal, House Rules" (PDF). p. 34. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "AllMusic bio". All Media Guide. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  3. ^ "UK chart archive". everyhit.com. Retrieved 1 March 2010. Search for the song and click on notes
  4. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Billboard Singles". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  6. ^ Sholin, Dave. "Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Gabrielle – Dreams (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Gabrielle – Dreams (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Gabrielle – Dreams". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Gabrielle – Dreams" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ Belgian peak Archived 9 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. 18 September 1993. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 14 August 1993. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Gabrielle – Dreams" (in French). Les classement single.
  15. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Gabrielle – Dreams". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (12.04.1993 - 18.04.1993)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Gabrielle – Dreams". Top Digital Download.
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Gabrielle" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Gabrielle – Dreams" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  20. ^ "Charts.nz – Gabrielle – Dreams". Top 40 Singles.
  21. ^ "Top 10 Portugal" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Gabrielle – Dreams". Singles Top 100.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Gabrielle – Dreams". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  25. ^ "Chart Archive - 1990s Singles". everyHit.com. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  27. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia’s Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 111.
  28. ^ Myers, Justin (5 July 2018). "Official Charts Flashback 1993: Gabrielle – Dreams". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  29. ^ "British single certifications – Gabrielle – Dreams". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Dreams in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  30. ^ SteveAATW (7 June 2008). "FNP vs Gabrielle - Dreams" – via YouTube.
  31. ^ AlexRossVEVO (9 March 2017). "Alex Ross - Dreams (Lyric Video) ft. Dakota, T-Pain" – via YouTube.

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