Dreams (Gabrielle song)

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"Dreams"
Gabrielle - Dreams.jpg
Single by Gabrielle
from the album Find Your Way
Released 7 June, 1993
Format
Recorded 1992
Genre British soul[1]
Length 3:44
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Richie Fermie
Gabrielle singles chronology
"Dreams"
(1993)
"Going Nowhere"
(1993)
"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. The song featured Annie Blake on backing vocals. Blake was an unknown singer from Greenwich, with whom Gabrielle went to school with. Blake never received payment for her backing. Dreams was 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. Title Length
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

Charts[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You" by UB40
UK Singles Chart number-one single
20 June 1993 - 4 July 1993 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Pray" by Take That
Preceded by
"Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey
US 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

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] Platinum 70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Gold 400,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other versions[edit]

  • In 2008, a dance version with male verses was released by FNP.[28]
  • 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.[29]

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 2010-03-01. 
  3. ^ "UK chart archive". everyhit.com. Retrieved 2010-03-01.  Search for the song and click on notes
  4. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  5. ^ a b c "Billboard Singles". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  6. ^ Sholin, Dave. "Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Gabrielle – Dreams (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Gabrielle – Dreams". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Gabrielle – Dreams" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ Belgian peak Archived 9 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. 18 September 1993. Retrieved 26 March 2018. 
  12. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 14 August 1993. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Gabrielle – Dreams" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Gabrielle – Dreams". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  15. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (12.04.1993-18.04.1993)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 9 March 2018. 
  16. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Gabrielle – Dreams". Top Digital Download.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Gabrielle" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Gabrielle – Dreams" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Gabrielle – Dreams". Top 40 Singles.
  20. ^ "Top 10 Portugal" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Gabrielle – Dreams". Singles Top 100.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Gabrielle – Dreams". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  24. ^ "Chart Archive - 1990s Singles". everyHit.com. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  25. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1994 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  27. ^ "British single certifications – Gabrielle – Dreams". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Dreams in the search field and then press Enter.
  28. ^ SteveAATW (7 June 2008). "FNP vs Gabrielle - Dreams" – via YouTube. 
  29. ^ AlexRossVEVO (9 March 2017). "Alex Ross - Dreams (Lyric Video) ft. Dakota, T-Pain" – via YouTube. 

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