Songs About Dreams


Dreams have inspired so many poems, ballads and songs from throughout the ages – daydreams as well as night dreams, bad dreams, childhood dreams,  etc. – To simplify this list I have included only those in which dream or some form of the word is included in the title (such as dreamer, dreaming, daydream, etc). My main focus has been on songs that were actually released as a either a hit song or album cut that received substantial air play over the years. Included within are songs dating back from before the big band era all the way through present day covering many different genres of music. I’m sure this is far from complete, but this comprehensive list should be a great asset to anyone trying to put together a ‘dream-themed” playlist for any project or event being planned. More suggestions are always welcomed.

► This post has been recently updated with more “Dream” entries as of 3/6/2011

Songs About Dreams

  1. #9 Dream – John Lennon (1974)
  2. A Dream – Enrico Caruso (1921)
  3. A Kiss To Build A Dream On – Louis Armstrong (from the 1951 film “The Strip”)
  4. A Kiss To Build A Dream On – Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (1952)
  5. A Kiss To Build A Dream On – Richard Chamberlain (from Dr. Kildare television  fame)
  6. All I Have To Do Is Dream – Everly Brothers (1958)
  7. All I Have To Do Is Dream – Richard Chamberlain (1963)
  8. All I Have To Do Is Dream – Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell (1970)
  9. American Dream – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1988)
  10. An American Dream – The Dirt Band (1979)
  11. Bad Dream – Keane
  12. Big Dreams – Bow Wow
  13. Big Dreams In A Small Town – Restless Heart
  14. Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day (2005)
  15. California Dreamin’ – Mamas & The Papas (1966)
  16. Call Me Up In Dreamland – Van Morrison
  17. City of Dreams – Talking Heads
  18. City of Dreams – Joel Turner (2007)
  19. Day Dreaming – Aretha Franklin (1972)
  20. Daydream – Lovin’ Spoonful (1966)
  21. Daydream Believer – The Monkees (1967)
  22. Daydream Believer – Anne Murray (1979)
  23. Daydreamin – Jimmy Newman (1955)
  24. Daydreamin’ – Tatyana Ali (1998)
  25. Daydreams About Night Things – Ronnie Milsap (1975)
  26. Don’t Dream (It’s Over) – Crowded House (1987)
  27. Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer – Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes (1980)
  28. Dream – Pied Pipers (1945)
  29. Dream – Frank Sinatra (1945)
  30. Dream – Four Aces (1954)
  31. Dream – Betty Johnson (1958)
  32. Dream – Bob Dylan
  33. Dream A Dream – Charlotte Church
  34. Dream A Little Dream of Me – Wayne King (1931)
  35. Dream A Little Dream of Me – Frankie Laine (1950)
  36. Dream A Little Dream of Me – Mama Cass (1968), Michael Buble
  37. Dream About You – Stevie B (1995)
  38. Dream Again – Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra (1948)
  39. Dream Along With Me – Perry Como (1956)
  40. Dream Awhile – Eddie Duchin (1936)
  41. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) – Roy Orbison (1962)
  42. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) – Glen Campbell (1971)
  43. Dream Big – David Cook (American Idol) (2008)
  44. Dream Come True – Brand New Heavies (1990)
  45. Dream Daddy – Carl Fenton (1924)
  46. Dream, Dream, Dream – Percy Faith & His Orchestra (1954)
  47. Dream Evil – Dio
  48. Dream Flight – Lisa Thiel
  49. Dream Girl – The Dave Matthews Band
  50. Dream House – Nat Shilkret (1928)
  51. Dream In Blue – Los Lobos
  52. Dream Is Still Alive – Wilson Phillips (1991)
  53. Dream Kisses – Ipana Troubadors (1928)
  54. Dream Lover – Bobby Darin (1959)
  55. Dream Lover – Billy Crash Craddock (1971)
  56. Dream Merchant – Jerry Butler (1967)
  57. Dream Merchant – New Birth (1975)
  58. Dream Mother – Gene Austin (1929)
  59. Dream of Me – Vern Gosdin (1981)
  60. Dream of Passion Waltz – Edward Issler (1897)
  61. Dream On – Aerosmith (1973)
  62. Dream On – Righteous Brothers (1974)
  63. Dream On – Oak Ridge Boys (1979)
  64. Dream On – Depeche Mode (2001)
  65. Dream On Dreamer – Brand New Heavies (1994)
  66. Dream On Little Dreamer – Perry Como (1965)
  67. Dream On Texas Ladies – Rex Allen Jr. (1984)
  68. Dream Painter – Connie Smith (1973)
  69. Dream Police – Cheap Trick (1979)
  70. Dream Train – Abe Lyman (1929)
  71. Dream Valley – Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra (1941)
  72. Dream Walkin’ – Toby Keith (1998)
  73. Dream Waltz – Victor Orchestra (1908)
  74. Dream Warriors – Dokken
  75. Dream Weaver – Gary Wright (1976)
  76. Dreamboat Annie – Heart (1976)
  77. Dreamer – Supertramp (1975)
  78. Dreamer In My Dreams – Wilco
  79. Dreamer’s Holiday – Buddy Clark (1949)
  80. Dreamer’s Holiday – Perry Como (1950)
  81. Dreamin’ – Johnny Burnette  (1960)
  82. Dreamin’ – Cliff Richard (1980)
  83. Dreamin’ – John Schneider (1982)
  84. Dreamin’ – Vanessa Williams (1989)
  85. Dreamin’ Is Easy – Steel Breeze (1983)
  86. Dreaming – Albert Campbell (1907)
  87. Dreaming – Harry MacDonough (1907)
  88. Dreaming – Blondie (1979)
  89. Dreaming – Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark (OMD) (1988)
  90. Dreaming – System of A Down (2005)
  91. Dreaming My Dreams With You – Waylon Jennings (1975)
  92. Dreaming of Home Sweet Home – Charles Harrison (1919)
  93. Dreaming of Me – Depeche Mode (1981)
  94. Dreaming of You – Selena (1995)
  95. Dreaming Out Loud – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (1940)
  96. Dreaming With My Eyes Open – Clay Walker (1994)
  97. Dreamin’s All I Do – Earl Conley (1979)
  98. Dreamland – Joni Mitchell
  99. Dreamland – Our Lady Peace (2010)
  100. Dreamland Express – John Denver (1986)
  101. Dreamline – Rush (1991)
  102. Dreamlover – Mariah Carey (1993)
  103. Dreams – Allman Brothers Band (1970)
  104. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac (1977)
  105. Dreams – Van Halen (1986)
  106. Dreams – Gabrielle (1993)
  107. Dreams – Cranberries (1994)
  108. Dreams – Diana DiGarmo (2004)
  109. Dreams – Game (2005)
  110. Dreams Are A Dime A Dozen – Vaughn Monroe (1947)
  111. Dreams Die Hard – Gary Morris (1982)
  112. Dreams of A Dreamer – Darrell McCall (1977)
  113. Dreams of India – Benson Orchestra of Chicago (1923)
  114. Dreams of Long Ago – Enrico Caruso (1912 & 1921)
  115. Dreams of The Everyday Housewife – Glen Campbell (1968)
  116. Dreamtime – Daryl Hall (1986)
  117. Dreamy Eyes – Four Preps (1956)
  118. Dreamy Eyes – Johnny Tillotson (1958)
  119. Dreamy Lullaby – Frankie Carle & His Orchestra (1948)
  120. Dreamy Melody – Art Landry & His Orchestra (1923)
  121. Drift Off To Dream – Travis Tritt
  122. Drifting & Dreaming (Sweet Paradise) – George Olsen & His Orchestra (1926)
  123. Drinkin’ & Dreamin’ – Waylon Jennings
  124. Enter My Dream – Kenny Loggins
  125. Flying In A Blue Dream – Joe Satriani
  126. Gemeni Dream – Moody Blues (1981)
  127. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean (1988)
  128. Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams) – Ray Peterson (1959)
  129. I Can Dream About You – Dan Hartman (1984)
  130. I Can Dream, Can’t I – Andrews Sisters (1949)
  131. I Can’t Live A Dream – The Osmonds (1976)
  132. I Dream of Brownie With The Light Blue Jeans – Spike Jones & His City Slickers
  133. I Dream of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair – Lambert Murphy (1922)
  134. I Dream of You – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (1945)
  135. I Dream of You – Frank Sinatra (1945)
  136. I Dream of You – Perry Como (1945)
  137. I Dream Too Much – Leo Reisman (1936)
  138. I Dreamed – Betty Johnson (1956)
  139. I Dreamed About Mama Last Night – Red Sovine
  140. I Dreamed Last Night – Moody Blues (1975)
  141. I Dreamed of A Hillbilly Heaven – Tex Ritter (1961)
  142. I Dreamt I Dwelt In Harlem – Glen Miller & His Orchestra (1941)
  143. I Had The Craziest Dream – Harry James & His Orchestra (1943)
  144. I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night – Electric Prunes (1966)
  145. I Have A Dream – Abba (1979)
  146. I Like Dreamin’ – Kenny Nolan (1976)
  147. I’ll Dream Tonight – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (1938)
  148. I’ll Never Have To Dream Again – Isham Jones (1932)
  149. I’ll See You In My Dreams – Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (1925), Louis Armstrong, Pat Boone, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Mario Lanza, Tony Martin, Andy Williams, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys  (These are among the most popular versions from one of the most beloved and popular songs of it’s time)
  150. I’ll See You In My Dreams – Giant (1990)
  151. I’ll Take you Dreaming – Danny Kaye
  152. I’ve Got A Pocketful of Dreams – Bing Crosby (1938)
  153. If I Can Dream – Elvis Presley (1968)
  154. In Dreams – Roy Orbison (1963)
  155. In My Dreams – Dokken (1986)
  156. In My Dreams – REO Speedwagon (1987)
  157. Is It A Dream – Classix Nouveaux
  158. In Perfect Dreams – kd lang
  159. Just A Dream – Jimmy Clanton (1958)
  160. Just A Dream – Carrie Underwood
  161. Just Another Dream – Cathy Dennis (1990)
  162. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream – Ed McCurdy, Chad Mitchell Trio
  163. Making Our Dreams Come True – Cyndi Grecco (Theme from the TV series “Laverne & Shirley”)
  164. Only In My Dreams – Debbie Gibson (1987)
  165. Refried Dreams – Tim McGraw
  166. River of Dreams – Billy Joel (1993)
  167. Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through – Meatloaf, Jim Steinman (1981)
  168. Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1989)
  169. Sad Sweet Dreamer – Sweet Sensation (1975)
  170. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On – Dean Martin (1965), Hank Locklin
  171. Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz (1988)
  172. She Dreams – Mark Chesnutt
  173. Someone Else’s Dream – Faith Hill
  174. Street Dreams – Nas (1996)
  175. Street of Dreams – Rainbow (1983)
  176. Street of Dreams – Nia Peeples (1991)
  177. Sweet Dreams – Tommy McLain (1966)
  178. Sweet Dreams – Air Supply (1981)
  179. Sweet Dreams – La Bouche (1996)
  180. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics (1983)
  181. Sweet Dreams (of You) – Patsy Cline (1963)
  182. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry (2010)
  183. Tell Me I Was Dreaming – Travis Tritt
  184. Tell Me What You Dream – Restless Heart
  185. The Dream Song – Joan Baez
  186. The Dreamer – Kay Armen (1944)
  187. The Impossible Dream – Jack Jones (1966), Robert Goulet, Ed Ames, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams
  188. These Dreams – Heart (1986)
  189. This Dream’s On Me – Gene Watson (1982)
  190. This Time The Dream’s On Me – Ella Fitzgerald (from the 1941 film “Blues In The Night”)
  191. This Time The Dream’s On Me – Alison Krauss, Harry Connick Jr.
  192. Under the Table & Dreaming – Dave Matthews Band
  193. Waiting For A Dream – Rufus Wainwright
  194. Wet Dream – Kip Adotta (a Dr. Demento comedy classic – and NO, it’s NOT what you THINK it means – check out the video below)
  195. When I Dream – Crystal Gayle
  196. You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates (1981)
  197. Your Wildest Dreams – Moody Blues (1986)

8 Responses

  1. Missing from your list is “I Had The Craziest Dream.” As I recall the band was Harry James’ but I don’t remember who the vocalist was.

    • Thanks for the update about an omission in the “dream” song category. I’ve since added it to the list (#122 at the moment). If I remember right, it was from the 1942 film, Springtime in the Rockies, staring Betty Grable. And you were right on the mark with Harry James as the band leader for the song, whom by the way, eventually married Grable. I had to search a little to find who the vocal was in the song – turned out to be Helen Forrest. Thanks again for the comment.

  2. But wait, there’s more!
    Dreamland – Joni Mitchell
    City of Dreams – Talking Heads
    I Had a Dream – John Sebastian
    A Kiss to Build a Dream On – various artists
    Waiting for a Dream – Rufus Wainwright
    Dream On Dreamer, Dream Come True – Brand New Heavies
    Enter My Dream – Kenny Loggins
    In Perfect Dreams – k.d. lang
    In My Dreams – Crosby Stills & Nash
    Dream In Blue – Los Lobos

  3. [...] ► You may also want to check out a previous post I did back in late 2009 titled “Songs About Dreams” that include, among others, daydreaming type songs which could easily translate to laziness, boredom or wasting time – The link is HERE [...]

  4. Great list. About the only other “Dream” songs I can think of are country hits “When I Dream” by Crystal Gayle and “This Dream’s On Me” by Gene Watson. I love these song lists. Thanks.

    • Thanks for your input and thanks for your kudos as well. Another song list post is on it’s way later today – with the corresponding videos being added to it for the first time. Stay tuned. Also – if anyone else has suggestions for song lists, please add your ideas below…

  5. All That You Dream- Little Feat
    A Dream Come True- Leon Russell + Elton John
    Dream Brother- Jeff Buckley

  6. There’s also
    Just a Dream – Lifehouse
    I Dreamed a Dream – Les Miserables
    Dream Little Boy – Katherine Mansfield

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