Dreams (The Cranberries song)
"Dreams" is the first single released by rock band The Cranberries
The Cranberries
The Cranberries are an Irish rock band formed in Limerick in 1989 under the name The Cranberry Saw Us, later changed by vocalist Dolores O'Riordan. The band currently consists of O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler...

. The song is taken from their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? is the debut album by Irish rock band The Cranberries. Released in 1993, it was their first full-length album after having released four EPs, and is also their first major label release. The album was written entirely by the band's lead singer Dolores...

The backing vocals on the song are sung by Mike Mahoney, ex-boyfriend of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan
Dolores O'Riordan
Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan is an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. She led The Cranberries to worldwide success and fame for 13 years before the band took a hiatus in 2003. Her first solo album Are You Listening? was released in May 2007...

. This hit was also a main feature of the Cranberries in the 1994 Woodstock Revival Festival.

Music video

There are three versions of the video. The first version of the music video features Dolores O'Riordan donning her original hairstyle that is seen on the Everyone Else is Doing it, So Why Can't We
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? is the debut album by Irish rock band The Cranberries. Released in 1993, it was their first full-length album after having released four EPs, and is also their first major label release. The album was written entirely by the band's lead singer Dolores...

album cover. The video revolves around O'Riordan with the other band members flashing up throughout the video while she's sitting on in a chair with a cross as a back or a close up of her face and eyes. The video shows a mirrored image of O'Riordan to show she does the background vocals and towards the end the band members fade in and out constantly in front of O'Riordan.

The second version shows the Cranberries performing the song in a dimly lit aquatic-themed room interspersed with shots of geometric flowers hitting water.

The third version, which was most-known, shows the Cranberries performing the song in a nightclub. After which, Dolores O'Riordan heads out to a house where graverobbers dressed in black have placed in a very large tree pile. Dolores bathes the tree pile in water and a man is buried under the pile. The water frees him and in the final seconds of the video, the man wakes up.

Track listings

UK 7" single
  1. "Dreams"
  2. "What You Were"

UK 12" single / CD-single (1992)
  1. "Dreams" - 4:15
  2. "What You Were" - 3:41
  3. "Liar" - 2:21

UK special edition 2-disk single (1994)
CD 1
  1. "Dreams" - 4:15
  2. "What You Were" - 3:41
  3. "Liar" - 2:21

CD 2
  1. "Not Sorry" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 4:37
  2. "Wanted" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 2:00
  3. "Dreams" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 4:10
  4. "Liar" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 3:17

USA CD-single (1994)
  1. "Dreams" - 4:32
  2. "What You Were" - 3:41
  3. "Waltzing Back" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 4:02
  4. "Pretty" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 2:09


A Cantonese
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 cover of the song, "Dream Lover", with backing vocals by herself, was a hit single for Chinese singer Faye Wong
Faye Wong
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, included in her 1994 album Random Thoughts
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. It was later recorded in Mandarin on Sky. It was featured prominently in director Wong Kar-wai
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's critically acclaimed film Chungking Express
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, in which Faye Wong co-starred. Her cover versions are still played frequently in Chinese media.

"Dreams" was also covered by Dario G
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 in their song Dream To Me.

Passion Pit
Passion Pit
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 played a cover of this song at the 2010 Big Day Out
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 festival across Australia
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, and is featured as a bonus-track on the re-released version of their first studio album, Manners
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It was covered by Japanese pop singer Mami Kawada
Mami Kawada
is a J-pop singer who is currently signed to Geneon Entertainment Inc. She is also a member of the I've Sound who performs soundtracks for some eroge. Mami was usually paired up with co-I've member Kotoko when making soundtracks for anime...

 for her 2010 album LINKAGE
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Chart (1994) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart
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Irish Singles Chart 9
UK Singles Chart
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U.S. Billboard Hot 100
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U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay
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U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrents 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 15
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