“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. 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. After hearing the music for the song that Stein wrote, Debbie Harry wrote the rest of the lyrics. 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.
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. 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.”
“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.