Dreams (Gabrielle song)

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Gabrielle - Dreams.jpg
Single by Gabrielle
from the album Find Your Way
Released 7 June 1993
Format CD single, cassette single
Recorded 1992
Genre British soul[1]
Length 3:44
Label Go Beat, Universal Records
Writer(s) Gabrielle, Tim Laws
Producer(s) Richie Fermie
Gabrielle singles chronology
"Going Nowhere"

"Dreams" is the debut single by English singer-songwriter Gabrielle. Written by Gabrielle and Tim Laws and produced by Richie Fermie, it reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in June 1993.[2] The single entered the UK chart at number 2, which was the highest chart entry a debut female solo act had scored in the UK at that time.[3] The song also peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US and at number-one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.[4] In Australia, the song made number two on the ARIA Charts.[5]

Originally the song included a sample of the song "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman,[3] but because of copyright reasons the sample had to be removed.[6] This single is seen as her signature song and the title of her greatest hits compilation Dreams Can Come True, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is drawn from its lyrics.

The song was later sampled by the More Fire Crew on their 2002 single "Dreams". The song is featured heavily in the 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson film Magnolia, where the character 'Quiz Kid' Donnie Smith plays the song repeatedly as a motivational aid. It is also used in the trailer for the 2000 film Purely Belter.

Track listings[edit]

The CD single included six remixed/edited versions that were aimed at the dancefloor and that became popular in European clubs.


  1. "Dreams" (7" Version)
  2. "Dreams" (The Developed Arrested Mix)
  3. "Dreams" (Our Tribe House Mix)
  4. "Dreams" (Dignity Mix)
  5. "Dreams" (Easy Mix)
  6. "Dreams" (Law's House)
  7. "Dreams" (The Red Underground Mix)


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1993–94) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 10
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[8] 6
Canadian RPM Dance Chart 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 7
France (SNEP)[10] 11
Irish Singles Chart 2
Italy (FIMI)[11] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 36
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 10
UK Singles Chart[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 26
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 20
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[4] 1

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1994) Position
Canada Dance (RPM)[15] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[16] 75

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You" by UB40
UK number one single
20 June 1993 for 3 weeks
Succeeded by
"Pray" by Take That
Preceded by
"Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
23 October 1993 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Move" by Moby
Preceded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base
Canadian RPM Dance chart number-one single
4 December 1993 - 10 January 1994 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Give It Up" by The Goodmen


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