Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" is a song written and performed by the British new wave music duo Eurythmics. The song is the title track of their album of the same name and was released as the fourth and final single from the album in early 1983. The song became their breakthrough hit, establishing the duo worldwide. Its music video helped to propel the song to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart and number 1 on the US . It was the first single released by Eurythmics in the US. Billboard Hot 100
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" is arguably Eurythmics'
signature song. Following its success, their previous single, " Love Is a Stranger", was re-released and also became a worldwide hit. On Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time issue in 2003, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" was ranked number 356. Eurythmics have regularly performed the song in all their live sets since 1982, and it is often performed by Lennox on her solo tours. 
In 1991, the song was
remixed and reissued to promote Eurythmics' album. It re-charted in the UK, reaching number 48, and was also a moderate hit in dance clubs. Another remix by Greatest Hits Steve Angello was released in France in 2006, along with the track " I've Got a Life" (peaking at number 10).
Background [ edit ]
The original recording's main instrumentation featured a sequenced
analog synthesizer riff, which Stewart accidentally discovered in the studio when he played a bass track backwards. Apart from the synthesizer, the arrangement also uses a Movement Systems Drum Computer, a piano in the middle eight, and Lennox's multitracked harmony vocals.
Track listings [ edit ]
A: "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (LP version) — 3:36
B: "I Could Give You a Mirror" (Alternate version)* — 4:15
A: "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" (Extended version) — 4:48
B1: "I Could Give You a Mirror" (Alternate version)* — 4:15
B2: "Baby's Gone Blue" (Non-LP track) — 4:19
3" CD (1989 re-release)
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (LP version) — 3:36
"I Could Give You a Mirror" (Alternate version)* — 4:15
"Here Comes the Rain Again" (LP version) — 4:54
"Paint a Rumour" — 7:30
* - This version is different from the one found on the album
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).
Music video [ edit ]
The music video for "Sweet Dreams" was directed by Chris Ashbrook and filmed in January 1983, shortly before the single and the album were released. The video received heavy airplay on the then-fledgling
MTV channel and is widely considered a classic clip from the early-MTV era.
The music video begins with a fist (presumably Stewart's) pounding on a table, with the camera panning up to reveal Lennox in a boardroom, with images of a
Saturn V launch projected on a screen behind her, which are later replaced by a shot of a crowd walking down a street. Stewart is shown typing on a computer (actually an MCS drum computer). The camera cuts to Lennox and Stewart meditating on the table. Stewart is next shown playing a cello in a field. The scene then returns to the boardroom, with Lennox and Stewart lying down on the table, and a cow walking around them. Stewart is shown again typing on the computer, with the cow chewing something right next to him. The scene cuts to the duo in a field, with a herd of cows, and Stewart still typing. Lennox and Stewart are then seen floating in a boat, with Stewart again playing cello. The video ends with Lennox lying in bed, with the last shot being a book on a nightstand bearing a cover identical to the album. The screen then fades to black as Lennox turns off the bedside lamp.
androgynous visual image, with close-cropped, orange-coloured hair, and attired in a man's suit brandishing a cane, immediately made her a household name. Her gender-bending image would be further explored in other Eurythmics videos such as " Love Is a Stranger" and " Who's That Girl?".
A second video was also produced, featuring Lennox and Stewart on a train. A close-up shot of Lennox's lips is occasionally seen in the train car's window as she sings the song.
Personnel [ edit ]
Chart performance [ edit ]
"Sweet Dreams" was Eurythmics' commercial breakthrough in the United Kingdom and all over the world. The single entered the UK chart at #63 in February 1983 and reached number two the following month.
"Sweet Dreams" was the first ever single release by Eurythmics in the United States when it was released in May 1983. The single debuted at #90 and slowly eased up the chart.
By August, the single had reached number two and stayed there for four weeks, kept from the top by  The Police's " Every Breath You Take" before "Sweet Dreams" took the number one spot.
Original release [ edit ]
1991 Reissue [ edit ]
1995 Reissue [ edit ]
Steve Angello Remix [ edit ]
SNEP)  27
2006 Reissue [ edit ]
SNEP)  19
2010 Reissue [ edit ]
2016 Reissue [ edit ]
Sales and certifications [ edit ]
Marilyn Manson cover [ edit ]
Marilyn Manson released a cover version of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" as the first single from the 1995 EP, . This version became an Smells Like Children MTV staple and helped to establish the band in the mainstream. Their groundbreaking video was directed by Dean Karr and produced by Arthur Gorson. It also appears on the band's greatest hits album, . This version is featured on the soundtracks to the Lest We Forget: The Best Of 2005 documentary film and the 2009 film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room . It is also featured in the films Gamer , Trick 'r Treat , the trailer to House on Haunted Hill Wrath of the Titans and in the pilot of  . In Manson's autobiography, The Following , he states that The Long Hard Road out of Hell Nothing Records did not want to release this as a single. They wanted to release their cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' " I Put a Spell on You", which, according to Manson, "was far too dark, sprawling and esoteric, even for some of our fans."
Marilyn Manson added some extra lines to the lyrics that are not present in the Eurythmics version: "
I wanna use you and abuse you/I wanna know what's inside you" along with " I'm gonna use you and abuse you/I gotta know what's inside you." 
The video for Manson's cover contains several clips of Manson and bandmates in what appears to be an abandoned building. In between the clips are a number of surreal shots of Manson wearing a wedding gown, Manson wandering around an abandoned street in a tutu, birds fluttering around him and leaving droppings on his body, and of him riding a pig wearing a cowboy hat and covered with mud. In 2010 the music video was rated the "Scariest music video ever made" by
, beating Billboard for the top spot. Michael Jackson's Thriller Dave Stewart has said he liked the Marilyn Manson version of his song and "the video was one of the scariest things I’d seen at the time."  
Formats and track listings [ edit ]
Australian CD single
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" — 4:25
"Dance of the Dope Hats" (Remix) — 4:46
Down in the Park" — 4:58 "Lunchbox (Next Motherfucker)" — 4:47
US promotional CD single
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" — 4:25
Chart positions [ edit ]
SNEP)  154
Other cover versions [ edit ]
Dr. Lonnie Smith released an instrumental cover version on his 2009 album Rise Up! and has performed it live as a regular part of his set ever since. Macedonian darkwave band
Mizar recorded an Orthodox folk cover version in Macedonian for their second album . An early version from 1989 appears on the compilation Svjat Dreams Svedozhba.
Diesel Disko, a well known Dutch band, covered the song in an Electropop way. It was their debut single and videoclip.
Soul Rebels Brass Band covered the song on their Rounder Records debut record, Unlock Your Mind, released on 31 January 2012, and they performed the song on Later with Jools Holland in 2011.  Italian-based Croatian singer Sharon C. covered the song for her same-titled debut single released in 1997, and since then it has been featured on many compilations including
. Dancemania 8 
Polish band Moonlight covered the song for their 1999 EP Flos. French
electroclash duo Miss Kittin & The Hacker covered the song for their 1999 EP . Intimités  Actress
Maria Bello performed the song in the movie (2000), which is included on the soundtrack. Duets "Sweet Dreams" was partially covered by
Geri Halliwell as a medley with her song, " Scream If You Wanna Go Faster" in late 2004.
Finnish a cappella group Club for Five recorded a cover of the song.  Midnight by dutch
Hardstyle producers The Beholder and DJ Zany from 2006 is based on this song. Brazilian singer
Badi Assad covered the song for her 2006 album Wonderland. Brazilian singer
Danni Carlos covered the song for her 2006 album Rock ´n´ Road Movies. German singer
Thomas Anders (formerly of Modern Talking) recorded a jazzy, lounge music cover of the song for his 2006 solo album . Songs Forever Australian girlgroup
Girlband recorded a cover of the song for their unreleased debut album.
Tanghetto, the neo-tango band based in Buenos Aires recorded and released the song as part of their album in 2008. Their cover is an instrumental version, where the El Miedo a la Libertad bandoneon takes the "role" of the lead voice. American
Christian rock singer Krystal Meyers covered the song on the 2008 Japanese release of her third album . Make Some Noise Ukrainian pop/rock band
Lama covered the song as "Світ мрій" ("World of Dreams") for their 2008 album Світло і Тінь ( Light and Shadow). German artist
Señor Coconut covered the entire song as "Sweet Dreams" for his "Around the World" cover album as a Cha-Cha in 2008.  The German Underground rapper
Frauenarzt covered the sample of this song as "Feuchte Träume" on Feuchte Träume (Gastparts 3) in 2008. The melody was featured in the
U96 featuring Das Bo single "Mr. DJ, Put on the Red Light" and was sung by Tryna Loules, who released it in 2006. 
Sylvie Vartan covered it in French (1983) under the title "Déprime", famous for its deep rhymes. In a 2002 episode of
, " The Simpsons Half-Decent Proposal", at the end of the episode, Artie Ziff ( Jon Lovitz) begins to sing the song through a speaker, culminating with the lyrics "I am watching you through a camera!"
Doctor Steel covered the chorus of "Sweet Dreams" in the end of his song "Lullaby Bye". French singer
Emily Loizeau covered jazz version of "Sweet Dreams" on her album Pays Sauvage (Track 15). The German/Greek
a cappella band Five Live covered "Sweet Dreams" on their album Five Live live (track 4). 
Delta Goodrem covered "Sweet Dreams" on her 2008 Believe Again Tour. The cover was later released on the CD/DVD release of the tour.
Tori Amos covered the song live in Boston, Massachusetts while on her Original Sinsuality Tour in 2005.  The German pop-singer
Judith Hildebrandt performed the song live on 23 April 2009 in the Ultimative Chart-Show.  Japanese musician
Tomoyasu Hotei covered it on his 2009 cover album Modern Times Rock'N'Roll.
Allison Crowe recorded a stripped-down acoustic version of "Sweet Dreams" for a Hollywood movie project in mid-2010 Korean girl group
Girls' Generation covered this song on a music TV show in 2010. Actress
Emily Browning made a slow version cover of this song for her movie , accompanying a scene of Browning's character being taken to an institution and on the film's soundtrack. Sucker Punch Singer
Kitty Brucknell covered the song on the 4th live show in the eighth series of the UK . X Factor British singer
Leona Lewis covered the song in her tour The Labyrinth. Danish group
WhoMadeWho released a cover version of the song in 2012. The singer of the Belgium band Triggerfinger
Ruben Block covered the song for the Dutch television show De Wereld Draait Door in 2011. Country singer
Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performed the song as the opening number of their 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour mashed up with Patsy Cline's " Sweet Dreams". British group
The Mend recorded a cover of the song.  Singer-songwriter
Tracy Bonham will release a cover version of the song on the 2014 multi-artist compilation album Here Comes The Reign Again: The Second British Invasion.  In 2015
Holly Henry released an cover with three-part harmonies which gathered millions of views. a cappella  Singer
Selena Gomez covered the song in her Revival Tour.
Remixes and sampling [ edit ]
Appearances in other media [ edit ]
The song was used on
D-TV's Monster Hits on NBC in 1987.
Soul Rebels Brass Band performed their version of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" on Later with Jools Holland in 2011.  Eurythmics performed the song at the
1984 Grammy Awards. The live performance of the song was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I.  The Eurythmics version was used on Season 3 of
, danced by So You Think You Can Dance Neil Haskell and Sabra Johnson, choreographed by Mandy Moore. It was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding choreography. The same routine was later used and made slightly longer for the finale of the UK version, danced by Lizzie Gough and Tommy Franzen. The song was used as the theme for NBC's 1996 made-for-TV thriller,
, starring Sweet Dreams Tiffani Thiessen, using both the original Eurythmics version and the Manson cover. The Eurythmics version was used in the film
. Striptease The Manson version was heard several times in the 1999 film
House on Haunted Hill Used in the TV series
in the 2002 episode " The Simpsons Half-Decent Proposal", and was sung by Artie Ziff ( Jon Lovitz). It was used as the theme song for the 2005 TV reality series,
. The Apprentice: Martha Stewart A rock cover performed by Theo Crous was used in a
commercial. VW Golf GTI MkV  The Marilyn Manson version was used in the intro of
Gamer (film) 2009  The Manson cover was used in a 2006
Fiat Grande Punto commercial.  The song was used in the first episode of series three of the British drama
, on the series unveiling of Ashes to Ashes Gene Hunt's Audi Quattro on Alex Drake's noting that "There's nothing for it – let's fire up the Quattro". The Marilyn Manson version was used in the horror film
during the iconic werewolf transformation scene. Trick 'r Treat The original version of the song was used in
. Everybody Hates Chris Used in
during the dance off scene. American Wedding The track was used in the Flynn's Arcade scene on
. Tron: Legacy In the
episode " Parks and Recreation Telethon", "Pawnee's most bookable personality" Denise Yermley sings the song during a telethon. Both the original and the Marilyn Manson cover version were used in the pilot of the 2011 TV series
. Grimm It was used on the YouTube video for
, where it was sung by Jacob Goodnight (played by See No Evil Glenn Jacobs), lip syncing Manson's lips; voices from the cast of the film can be heard as well, including Samantha Noble, Luke Pegler, Michael J. Pagan and other actors and actresses. The song was used in the 2009 film 'Mr. Nobody', by Jaco Van Dermal.
The Manson cover was used for the credits in one of the episodes of
TV series. Luther  The song was used in the
opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. This song was also covered by
Emily Browning, and her cover of the song appeared in the movie . Sucker Punch This song was performed by a musical couple on
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The video became viral and got 15M+ views on YouTube.  A version of the song was used in the commercial for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 directed by
Paul Hunter  The original version is used in promos for the period drama
. Halt and Catch Fire A remix of the song was used for the Ukrainian rhythmic gymnastic group for its 3 balls 2 ribbons routine in 2013 and 2014.
The Manson version was used in the 2015 Spanish film A Perfect Day.
The original version is used in the 2016 film
, during the scene where X-Men: Apocalypse Quicksilver uses his superhuman speed to evacuate the Xavier Mansion. The film is set in 1983, the same year as the song's release.
See also [ edit ]
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External links [ edit ]
Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics