20 Best Songs about Dreams

By Nico Gonzalez

Everyone dreams in life. Dreams have a large impact on our lives, but what about the art we experience? What is its effect? In an attempt to find out, here are 20 of the best songs ever written about dreams and dreaming!


20) “Dream Baby – Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison and Friends - "Dream Baby" - from "Black and White Night"

This is the first song on the list to use dreams as a metaphor for love. The song tells of a man who has dreamed about his lover over and over again, only to find that she no longer cares about him. She’s gone because he said goodbye…

Stop Don’t Panic – Keane

Jamiroquai - Stop Don't Panic (Audio)

This British rock anthem is about the difficulties and struggles of sleep. The singer acknowledges that he doesn’t know what to do, but says that even if it feels like death, just stop and don’t panic.

Dreams Never End – New Order

New Order - Dreams Never End

This song is about the main character’s dreams and how they’re all he has. He lives a life of poverty, but even in this state he says that his dreams never end.

Dreams – Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac - Dreams [with lyrics]

This song was written by Stevie Nicks about Lindsey Buckingham. She told an interviewer that even though they broke up, she had never stopped dreaming of him.

Dreams – The Cranberries

The Cranberries - Dreams

Dolores O’Riordan wrote this song about her split with bassist Mike Hogan. She said in an interview that she was unable to deal with the pain and suffering, so she turned to dreams instead.

Your Dreams – The White Stripes

This song is about dreams not catering to your desires – they might be out of reach. Jack White sings that you won’t find something even if it’s right in front of your eyes, so all you can do is wait for them to come true.

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes – Cinderella

Cinderella | A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes | Lyric Video | Disney Sing Along

This song from the film “Cinderella” warns people not to give up on their dreams. Sometimes, wishes don’t come true right away, but that’s ok – just keep going and you’ll achieve your dream someday.

We All Have a Dream – Nina Simone

This song about dreams is told from the perspective of a young girl. She’s singing about how her life will be when she finally realizes her dream, and everyone else should work towards their dream too.

Dreams Are Like Water – Masaki Batoh

Masaki Batoh was a member of the rock band Ghost. This song is about how dreams are beautiful and fleeting, just like water in a stream or river.

I Have a Dream – ABBA

Here’s another song about dreams coming true. Agnetha Fältskog sings that she has a dream, and will always have it. It was the best selling single of 1974 in the UK.

A Dream Within a Dream – Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris wrote this song. It tells the tale of a man who is asleep and dreaming, but dreaming within his dream. Eventually he ends up at a place where everything is real, even within the dream world.

All a Dream – Norah Jones

All A Dream - Norah Jones - iTunes Festival - 1080 HD

Norah Jones sings about wishes coming true in this song. She hopes that a certain man will get his dreams, and that they’ll come true for him.

Dreams – Van Halen

Van Halen - Dreams

This song says that the listener is chasing their dreams and has nothing to lose in doing so. David Lee Roth reminds people that they’re going after their dream, but they might need to take a few steps back before they can move forward.

Dreams Never End – New Order

New Order - Dreams Never End

This is another song on the list with almost the same name as an earlier song. Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris wrote it and said that it’s about how dreams never end, even if they don’t always come true.

My Dreams – P.O.D.

This song is about dreams being the only thing to believe in, and how they can help a person move forward even when it feels like there’s no hope left.

I Can’t Stop Dreaming – The Doors

This song is about how Jim Morrison can’t stop dreaming. He dreams of his days in the past, and they affect everything that he does now.

Dreaming – Blondie

Blondie - Dreaming (Official Music Video)

Blondie’s Debbie Harry wrote this song with Johnny Destri. It’s about someone who has lost their love, and is dreaming about the time they first met.

Dream On – Aerosmith

Aerosmith - Dream On (Official Audio)

This song is written from the perspective of a father encouraging his son to follow his dreams and aspirations. It’s been called one of the greatest songs ever, and it’s no wonder – Steven Tyler was only 17 when he wrote it.

Dream On – Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode - Dream On (Official Video)

Depeche Mode wrote this song about how the world keeps us from our dreams and goals. The lyrics tell of a person trying to keep their sanity as they try to reach towards their goals. It’s considered one of the group’s best songs, according to Rolling Stone.

Dreamer – Supertramp

This song is about a person who has to choose between their dreams and reality, but it turns out that they can do both. It was the group’s first ever Top 20 hit in the US, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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