Don't Dream It's Over

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"Don't Dream It's Over"
Original 1986 Australian single[1]
Single by Crowded House
from the album Crowded House
B-side"That's What I Call Love"
Released20 October 1986 (1986-10-20)[2]
StudioCapitol Recording, Sunset Sound Factory (Los Angeles)
Genre
Length3:55
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)Neil Finn
Producer(s)Mitchell Froom
Crowded House singles chronology
"Now We're Getting Somewhere"
(1986)
"Don't Dream It's Over"
(1986)
"Something So Strong"
(1987)
Music video
Don't Dream It's Over on YouTube

"Don't Dream It's Over" is a song by rock band Crowded House, recorded for their 1986 self-titled debut studio album.[5] The song was composed and written by New Zealand frontman Neil Finn and released in October 1986[2] as the fourth single from the album.

"Don't Dream It's Over" became the band's biggest international hit, reaching No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in April 1987. The song reached No. 1 in Canada and in Finn's native New Zealand, while in Australia, it peaked at No. 8. In continental Europe, it reached No. 6 in Norway, No. 27 in the Netherlands, No. 13 in West Germany, and No. 25 in the United Kingdom. At the 1986 Countdown Australian Music Awards the song was nominated for three awards, winning Best Video.[6][7]

In May 2001, the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) ranked "Don't Dream It's Over" second on its list of the Top 100 New Zealand songs of all time[8] and seventh on its list of the Top 100 Australian songs of all time.[9] In January 2018, as part of Triple M's "Ozzest 100", the 'most Australian' songs of all time, "Don't Dream It's Over" was ranked number 65.[10] The song has been recorded by other artists, including Paul Young, Sixpence None the Richer, and New Zealand artist Stan Walker—the latter producing a Māori version titled Moemoeā ("Dream").[11][12]

Composition[edit]

"Don't Dream It's Over" is written and composed in the key of E-flat major[13] and is set in the time signature of common time with a tempo of 82 beats per minute.

Reception[edit]

AllMusic described the song as a "majestic ballad".[14] Cash Box said "The easy going and pretty song camouflages a pained longing. Neil Finn's voice, recognisable from his stint with Split Enz, is reedy and expressive and full of irony."[15]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was created by Australian film production company Meaningful Eye Contact and was directed by Alex Proyas. It was filmed in Moore Park, New South Wales and at an abandoned theatre in Balmain.[citation needed] The video features some surreal special effects such as household objects—including shattering crockery—and film reels that float in the air, with lead singer Finn playing a guitar and walking through the same house during different time periods while his bandmates are either performing household chores or playing various backing instruments. It was nominated for Best Group Video and Best Direction at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and earned the group a Best New Artist award.[16]

Track listings[edit]

"Don't Dream It's Over", written by Neil Finn. "That's What I Call Love", written by Neil Finn and Paul Hester. All tracks on vinyl, from the album Crowded House except the extended version of "Don't Dream It's Over". All live tracks, recorded on Phil Jupitus Show at BBC GLR, 21 June 1996.

  • 7-inch vinyl
  1. "Don't Dream It's Over" – 4:03
  2. "That's What I Call Love" – 3:39
  • 12-inch vinyl
  1. "Don't Dream It's Over" (Extended version) – 6:10 (only in 12-inch vinyl single)
  2. "Don't Dream It's Over" – 4:03
  3. "That's What I Call Love" – 3:39
  • 7-inch US vinyl (American Pie label)
  1. "Don't Dream It's Over" – 4:03
  2. "Something So Strong" – 2:51
  • 1996 UK CD1
  1. "Don't Dream It's Over" – 3:53
  2. "Weather with You" (live) – 4:35
  3. "Into Temptation" (live) – 4:48
  4. "Locked Out" (live) – 2:04
  • 1996 UK CD2
  1. "Don't Dream It's Over" – 3:53
  2. "Four Seasons in One Day" (live) – 3:08
  3. "In My Command" (live) – 4:14
  4. "Pineapple Head" (live) – 3:40

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[40] 4× Platinum 120,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Platinum 600,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Paul Young version[edit]

"Don't Dream It's Over"
Single by Paul Young
from the album From Time to Time – The Singles Collection
B-side"I Need Somebody"
Released14 October 1991 (1991-10-14)[42]
Length3:56
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Neil Finn
Producer(s)Dan Hartman
Paul Young singles chronology
"Both Sides, Now"
(1991)
"Don't Dream It's Over"
(1991)
"Come On In"
(1991)

In 1991, English musician Paul Young covered "Don't Dream It's Over" on his first compilation album, From Time to Time – The Singles Collection (1991). Young's version, released by Columbia, was produced by Dan Hartman, and featured Paul Carrack singing the fourth chorus and performing the keyboard and synthesizers.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Dream It's Over" (Neil Finn) – 3:56
  2. "I Need Somebody" (Paul Young) – 4:00

Charts[edit]

Sixpence None the Richer version[edit]

"Don't Dream It's Over"
Single by Sixpence None the Richer
from the album Divine Discontent
B-side"Don't Pass Me By"
Released21 January 2003 (2003-01-21)
Length4:03
Label
Songwriter(s)Neil Finn
Producer(s)Rob Cavallo
Sixpence None the Richer singles chronology
"Breathe Your Name"
(2002)
"Don't Dream It's Over"
(2003)
"My Dear Machine"
(2008)

"Don't Dream It's Over" was the second radio single released in promotion of the album Divine Discontent by Sixpence None the Richer. The commercial single release features the B-side "Don't Pass Me By," which was recorded during the sessions for Divine Discontent. Their version was also included in the 2003 compilation album Smallville: The Talon Mix.[55]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Dream It's Over" (radio edit) – 3:39
  2. "Don't Pass Me By" – 3:26

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States 21 January 2003 Hot adult contemporary radio [63]
17 February 2003 [64]

Antonello Venditti version[edit]

Italian singer-songwriter Antonello Venditti interpreted an adaptation in Italian entitled Alta marea (High tide), inspired by Monte Argentario[65][66] and recorded for his 1991 album Benvenuti in paradiso (Welcome to Heaven), which remains one of his most-remembered songs to this day. A 16-year-old Angelina Jolie appears in the video.[67][68]

In popular culture[edit]

"Don't Dream It's Over" was prominently featured in the 1994 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Stand.[69][70][71]

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