Dreaming (as made famous by Blondie)

“Dreaming” is a song by the American new wave band Blondie. Released in 1979, it was the lead single from their fourth album Eat to the Beat.[2] It peaked at #2 in the British singles chart and at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

The lyrics for “Dreaming” originated from the line, “dreaming is free,” which band member Chris Stein thought of.[3] After hearing the music for the song that Stein wrote, Debbie Harry wrote the rest of the lyrics.[3] Musically, the song is a fast paced new wave song. Stein has since claimed that the song is “pretty much a copy” of “Dancing Queen” by ABBA.[3]

According to the band’s keyboardist Jimmy Destri, the song, like many from the Eat to the Beat album, was recorded live in the studio.[4] The song also features a frantic drum performance by drummer Clem Burke. Burke said of his drumming on the song, “The reason why ‘Dreaming’ came out the way it did is because [producer Mike Chapman] really gave me free rein and it was really a surprise.”[4]

“Dreaming” was released on September 14, 1979 as the first single from Eat to the Beat. Backed with its fellow Eat to the Beat tracks “Sound-A-Sleep” in the UK and “Living in the Real World” in the US, the song was a chart hit, reaching #2 in the Britain and at #27 in America, as well as #3 in Ireland and #4 in Canada. It has since been featured on multiple compilation albums, such as The Best of Blondie, The Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie, Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie, and Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux.

A music video was produced to promote the single featuring Debbie Harry wearing a solid blue unitard and matching sheer blouse designed by Stephen Sprouse.[5]