Only in My Dreams

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This article is about the Debbie Gibson song. For other uses, see Only in My Dreams (disambiguation).
"Only in My Dreams"
Single by Debbie Gibson
from the album Out of the Blue
A-side Vocal (3:50)
B-side Dub (4:42) (U.S., 89322; JPN, P-2305)
Dreamix (4:18) (UK, A9322)
Released December 16, 1986
Recorded 1986
Genre Dance-pop, freestyle
Length Album Version 3:58
Single Version 3:42
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Deborah Gibson
Producer(s) Fred Zarr
Debbie Gibson singles chronology
"Only in My Dreams"
"Shake Your Love"

"Only in My Dreams" is the debut single for American singer-songwriter-actress Deborah Gibson. Released December 16, 1986, as a maxi single (Atlantic DM 86744), and then in remixed form (Vocal/3:50, as described herein) February 1987, the song was written by Gibson herself in 1984, two years before she recorded it.[1] Produced by Fred Zarr and engineered by Don Feinberg for BiZarr Music, Inc., mixed by "Little" Louie Vega and mastered by Herb "Pump" Powers, the dance-pop song reached number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the summer of 1987. Douglas Breitbart for Broadbeard Productions, Inc. served as executive producer (see also Debbie Gibson).

While it did not initially make the UK top fifty, 'Dreams' re-entered the UK singles chart in 1988 on the back of the success of her second single (viz., "Shake Your Love," Atlantic UK A9187), eventually peaking at #11. The Extended Club Mix/Vocal track (6:34) from DM 86744 was excerpted for a dance medley, 'Medley: Out of the Blue - Shake Your Love - Only in My Dreams' (Debbie Gibson Mega Mix), that became Track 4 on Atlantic DM 86556 'Foolish Beat'.

A different mix, 'Only in My Dreams' (LP Version/3:54), mastered from the original multi-track for DM 86744, became Track 3 on Gibson's debut album Out Of The Blue (Atlantic LP 81780), and a further variation, 'Only in My Dreams (Dream House Mix/10:03)', was Track 3 on Atlantic DM 86556 'Foolish Beat'.

Since the song's release, Gibson has re-recorded the song twice: in 1997 for her album Deborah and in 2010 for the Deluxe Edition release of the Japan-exclusive Ms. Vocalist.

The song was voted #95 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.

Music video[edit]

The music video for this song was recorded as a dream sequence at Asbury Park beach, NJ, the carousel in the Asbury Park casino (still in use back then), and outside the Asbury Park Convention Center where headliner concerts are still held today. Across the street from the beach, The Stone Pony where Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi got their start, is still in operation. Gibson has several different changes of wardrobe throughout the video. The video shows the futility of a teenage girl attempting to get the man of her dreams to look at her, and when he does, she realizes that she was dreaming the whole event, thus causing her world to come crashing down around her.

Track Listing (Atlantic DM 86744)[edit]

'Only in My Dreams'

  1. (Extended Club Mix/Vocal/6:34)
  2. (Percapella/Vocal/3:29)
  3. (Dreamix/4:18)
  4. (Heartthrob Beats/4:14)

Track Listing, 12" Oldies Series re-release (Atlantic DM 86606)[edit]

'Only in My Dreams'

  1. (Extended Club Mix/Vocal/6:34)
  2. (Percapella/Vocal/3:29)

Back-to-back with these two tracks on this maxi-single is Chic's 'Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)' (8:30); this track was originally released in 1978 on Atlantic maxi single DK 4600.


  • Only In My Dreams [Album Version] - 3:46
  • Only In My Dreams [97 Dance Remix] - 4:36
  • Only In My Dreams [Club Dub] - 4:36
  • Only In My Dreams [Club Mix with Rap] - 4:35
  • Only In My Dreams [Debbie Dreams] - 4:38
  • Only In My Dreams [Dream Dub] - 3:44
  • Only In My Dreams [Extended Club Mix] - 5:55
  • Only In My Dreams [Extended Dance Mix] - 6:27
  • Only In My Dreams [Hot Tracks Mix] - 6:27
  • Only In My Dreams [Rave Radio Version] - 3:44
  • Only In My Dreams [Riff Dub] - 4:22
  • Only In My Dreams [Vasquez Club Mix] - 7:30
  • Only In My Dreams [Video Version] - 3:42


1997/98 re-recording[edit]

"Only in My Dreams 1998"
Single by Deborah Gibson
from the album Deborah Rev. 1.1
Length 37:53 overall
Label Jellybean Recordings
Writer(s) Deborah Gibson
Producer(s) John "Jellybean" Benitez, Deborah Gibson
Deborah Gibson singles chronology
"Only in My Dreams 1998"

Gibson did several major modifications to this song after she left Atlantic Records. In 1997, apparently the entire song was re-recorded, first appearing as 'Only in My Dreams' (1997 Dance Edit/4:38), track 14 on Espiritu LP 9602 Deborah, Revision 1.1 for June 1997, and later in seven variations, including one with a retrofitted eight-measure rap, on Jellybean Recordings DM 2532 'Only in My Dreams 1998' (released February 1998). The basic rhythm is modified from the Dream House Version of the original song on Atlantic DM 86556, track 3.[10]

Track Listing (Jellybean Recordings 2532)[edit]

'Only in My Dreams 1998'

  1. (Club Mix/7:32)
  2. (Club Mix with Rap/4:37)
  3. (Club Dub/4:36)
  4. (Rave Vocal Mix/4:37)
  5. (Rave Dub/4:37)
  6. (Dream Dub/3:45)
  7. (Rave Radio Edit/3:46)
  8. (Riff Dub/4:23)

(Deborah Gibson) Music Sales Corp., ASCAP


  1. ^ Out of the Blue (Debbie Gibson songbook), CatNo. HL00356822. Hal Leonard, 1988.
  2. ^ "Debbie Gibson Canada Chart History". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Only in My Dreams". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  4. ^ " – Debbie Gibson – Shake Your Love". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Debbie Gibson search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "Archive Chart: 1987-09-12" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "Debbie Gibson – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Debbie Gibson. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Debbie Gibson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Debbie Gibson. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Debbie Gibson – Only in My Dreams". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ /Pop2/DeborahGibsonDiscog/Discog.txt at Retrieved 06:15, 25 May 2008 (UTC).

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