These Dreams

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"These Dreams"
Heart These Dreams.jpg
Single by Heart
from the album Heart
B-side"All Eyes"
ReleasedJanuary 1986
RecordedJanuary–April 1985
StudioThe Plant (Sausalito, California)
GenreSoft rock
  • 4:15 (album version)
  • 3:46 (single and video version)
Producer(s)Ron Nevison
Heart singles chronology
"These Dreams"
"Nothin' at All"

"These Dreams" is a song by American rock band Heart from their 1985 self-titled eighth studio album Heart. It was released on January 18, 1986, as the album's third single, becoming the band's first song to top the Billboard Hot 100.[1]


In 1985, singer-songwriter Martin Page, who co-wrote other successful songs including "We Built This City" and "King of Wishful Thinking", and Bernie Taupin, longtime collaborator of Elton John, wrote a song which would later be titled "These Dreams".[2] The song was offered to Stevie Nicks, who expressed no interest in recording it.[3] Heart had just recently signed with Capitol Records, and while the band had previously recorded their own material, they were impressed by "These Dreams" and agreed to use the song on their upcoming album.

The track is a power ballad with a more polished sound in comparison to Heart's previous work and was the band's first single on which Nancy Wilson performed lead vocals instead of Ann Wilson. According to The Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson, when it came time for Wilson to record her vocals, she was suffering from a cold and sounded somewhat raspy and gravelly. After the song reached commercial success, producers reportedly wanted Wilson to recreate the vocal style on future recordings, asking her "Can't you just get sick again?"[1]


The liner notes of Heart state that the track was dedicated to Wilson's good friend Sharon Hess, who died from leukemia shortly before it was released.[3] The lyrics of the track describe the fantasy world a woman enters, every time she sleeps, when faced with a difficult situation in life.

The song is performed in the key of B major with a tempo of 79 beats per minute.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The track was released as the third single from Heart. Following two consecutive US Top 10 singles, it elevated the band's success, becoming Heart's first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 22, 1986.[1] It also became Heart's first and only number-one song on the US Adult Contemporary chart[5] In the United Kingdom, the single initially peaked at number 62 on the UK Singles Chart but following the success of the band's 1987 single "Alone" in the country, the song was re-released and reached a new peak of number 8.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the track, which used the single version instead of the album version of the track, received heavy airplay from MTV and was the third of four US Top 10 singles from Heart. The single's B-side track, "Shell Shock", was also the B-side of Heart's previous single "Never". In the video, Wilson plays a Dean Guitar as well as a petite sail-shaped electric guitar, created by luthier David Petschulat.

Versions and formats[edit]

A remix of the track, at a length of 5 minutes and 25 seconds, appears on a UK limited laser etched one-sided 12" single edition upon which a scratch vocal is used. Nancy had not gotten sick yet at this point, but had come down with a cold when the time came to lay down the chart-topping production vocal. The UK CD single edition featured the B-side track "Heart of Darkness", a track which is only available in CD format on that edition. Additionally, in the UK, a limited 7" picture disc edition was released and in 1987, after the success of "Alone", "These Dreams" was re-released as a double A side with "Never".



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