Dreamtime (Daryl Hall song)

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Single by Daryl Hall
from the album Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine
B-side "Let It Out"
Released July 1986
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop-Rock, Rock
Length 4:45 (album version)
3:57 (7")
7:55 (extended remixed version)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Daryl Hall, John Beeby
Producer(s) Daryl Hall, David A. Stewart, Tom "T-Bone" Wolk
Daryl Hall singles chronology
"Foolish Pride"

Dreamtime is a single from singer/songwriter Daryl Hall (part of pop-rock duo Hall & Oates). Co-written by John Beeby, it was issued prior to the release of his second solo album, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine.

It was his debut single, and also his biggest hit as a solo performer, climbing the Billboard Hot 100 to peak at number 5 in October 1986[1] and reached #3 on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay chart on September 9, 1986 for one week and remained on the chart for twelve weeks.[2] The hit helped drive its parent album up the charts to peak at number 29.[3]


The original recording is 4:45 in length. The music video extends the track length to 5:12.[4] Aside from some ad-libs near the video version's fade-out, there is little difference between the album version and the video.


Daryl Hall: Lead Vocals, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
David A. Stewart: Lead Guitar
Tom "T-Bone" Wolk: Bass, Guitar
Tony Beard: Drums
Michel de la Porte: Percussion
Kate St. John, June Montana: Backing Vocals
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Michael Kamen


In his four-star review of the parent album, allmusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine singled out the song, calling it "tremendous" and "a swirling slice of arty new wave psychedelia that stands in direct contrast to anything Hall & Oates sent into the Top Ten".[5]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1986–87) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[citation needed] 28
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 19
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 53
Netherlands (Mega Charts)[6] 30
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 28
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 5
US Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay Chart[9] 3
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8] 24
US Album Rock Tracks (Billboard)[8] 11
US Dance/Disco (Billboard)[8] 36

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Rank
US Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay Chart[10] 53


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