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Don't Dream It's Over

"Don't Dream It's Over"
Crowded house don't dream it's over australian single.jpg
Cover of the 1986 Australian single[1]
Single by Crowded House
from the album Crowded House
"That's What I Call Love"
Released20 October 1986[2]
Format7-inch single
StudioCapitol Recording & Sunset Sound Factory (Los Angeles)
Neil Finn
Mitchell Froom
Crowded House singles chronology
"Now We're Getting Somewhere"
"Don't Dream It's Over"
"Something So Strong"
Audio sample

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

The song, described by AllMusic as a "majestic ballad",[6] became the band's biggest international hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in April 1987.[7] "Don't Dream It's Over" was also a great success in Finn's native country of New Zealand, where it peaked at Number 1. It also topped the charts in Canada, while in Australia it peaked at No. 8. In Continental Europe, it reached No. 6 in Norway, No. 7 in the Netherlands, and No. 13 in Germany. In America the single was topped only by "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" by Aretha Franklin and George Michael.

In May 2001, the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) celebrated its 75th anniversary by naming the Best New Zealand and Best Australian songs of all time, as decided by APRA members and an industry panel. "Don't Dream It's Over" was ranked second on the New Zealand list[8] and seventh on the Australian list.[9]

Nick Seymour said at the time of release, "You think the song is gloomy? The record's about not giving up hope and succumbing to the effects of the mass media and consumerism, but there's an over-riding positive view in all our songs."[10]

Music video

The music video, directed by Alex Proyas was filmed near Sydney, 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.[11] 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.[12]

Track listing

"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 are from the album Crowded House, except the extended version of "Don't Dream It's Over".

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
1995 UK CD1
1996 Netherlands CD - All Live tracks from Phil Jupitus Show at BBC GLR 21 June 1996
  1. "Weather with You" (live) - 4:35
    The only B-side track in other UK editions
  2. "Into Temptation" (live) - 4:48
  3. "Locked Out" (live) - 2:04
1996 UK CD2 - All Live tracks from Phil Jupitus Show at BBC GLR 21 June 1996
  1. "Four Seasons in One Day" (live) - 3:08
  2. "In My Command" (live) - 4:14
  3. "Pineapple Head" (live) - 3:40


Release history

Region Date
Australia October 1986
United Kingdom January 1987

Charts and certifications

Paul Young version

"Don't Dream It's Over"
Paul young don't dream it's over.jpg
Single by Paul Young
from the album From Time to Time - The Singles Collection
Released19 September 1991
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
GenrePop rock
Neil Finn
Dan Hartman
Paul Young singles chronology
"Both Sides, Now"
"Don't Dream It's Over"
"Come On In"

In 1991, Paul Young covered "Don't Dream It's Over" on his compilation From Time to Time - The Singles Collection. Young's version featured Paul Carrack.

Track listing

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


Chart (1991) Peak
UK Singles Chart 20
Irish Singles Chart 13
German Singles Chart 71
French Singles Chart 27
Dutch Top 40 67
Norwegian Singles Chart 6
Swedish Singles Chart 25

Sixpence None the Richer version

"Don't Dream It's Over"
Sixpencentr ddio.jpg
Single by Sixpence None the Richer
from the album Divine Discontent
GenrePop rock
Neil Finn
Rob Cavallo
Sixpence None the Richer singles chronology
"Breathe Your Name"
"Don't Dream It's Over"
"My Dear Machine"

"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.[35]

Track listing

US Commercial Single
  1. "Don't Dream It's Over" (Radio Edit): 3:39
  2. "Don't Pass Me By": 3:26
Radio Promo Single
  1. "Don't Dream It's Over" (Radio Edit): 3:39[36]
  2. "Don't Dream It's Over" (LP Version): 4:04


Chart (2003) Peak
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[37] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[38] 78
US Billboard Adult Top 40[38] 9
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[38] 12


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