The Monkees

Daydream Believer

Composed by John Stewart

Song Review by

The Monkees' final number one hit (in autumn 1967), "Daydream Believer" was a fine way to go out. Written by ex-Kingston Trio member John Stewart, the song has a swinging camaraderie to it that makes it as joyous as hits such as "Happy Together." A song about the loss of innocence and the anticipation of responsibility, it was certainly fitting at this stage of the Monkees' career. Deftly arranged by jazzman Shorty Rogers, the song's unique piano hook was invented by Peter Tork. Ann Murray later had a huge hit with the song, and she kept Tork's piano lines in her version. Used in dozens of television ads, the song has also reappeared on the Japanese pop charts, even into the 1980s. A timeless slice of pop, indeed.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees 1968 Rhino 3:00
Greatest Hits [Colgems] 1969 Friday Music
Barrel Full of Monkees [Colgems] 1971 Colgems
No Image 1980 EMI Music Distribution 3:55
No Image 1981 MFP
Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees 1986 Arista
Classic Rock: 1967 1988
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:57
Flower Power [Sony] 1989
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:04
No Image 1991
Listen to the Band 1991 Rhino 3:10
AM Gold: 1967 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:56
Sunny Afternoons [Polygram] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram 2:48
Now & Then [Original Soundtrack] 1995
Original Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 2:49
Greatest Hits [Rhino] 1995 Arista
Don't Worry, Be Happy 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:54
Songs in the Rough 1996
Various Artists
Foundation 2:56
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Virgin
18 Free & Easy Hits from the '60s 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:59
Hits Album '97 1997
Various Artists
Telstar
Sunshine Days, Vol. 2: 60's Pop Classics 1997
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 3:00
Who's Your Fave Rave: Teen Idols 1959-1981 1997
Various Artists
Rhino
WOGL 10th Anniversary, Vol. 2: Best of the 60's 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 2:51
The Very Best of the Monkees 1997 Bellaphon Records 2:44
Perfect Day 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:58
Daydream Believer and Other Hits 1998 Rhino Flashback 3:02
Anthology 1998 Rhino 3:00
Here They Come: The Greatest Hits of the Monkees 1998 WEA International 2:58
Groovin' 60's [Warner] 1998
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 3:00
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Priority
Jukebox Hits of 1967, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
DJ Specialist 2:54
The Best Sixties Love Album Ever! 1999
Various Artists
Circa
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
20 Greatest Hits 2000 Import
De Leukste Hits Uit de Radio 2 Top 2000: Van Het Millennium 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Music Box 2001 Rhino / WEA Int'l
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1967 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:00
The Ultimate Rock & Roll Collection: The 60's 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 2:51
Music Box [Reconfigured] 2001 Rhino 3:00
Simply the Best of the 60's [2001 Boxset] 2001
Various Artists
BMG 2:57
The Essentials 2002 Rhino 3:00
Live Summer Tour 2002 WIN Media 3:47
The Definitive Monkees 2002 WEA International 2:56
36 All Time Favorites 2002 Time/Life Music
The Best of the Monkees [Rhino] 2003 Rhino 2:57
Live Summer Tour 2003 King Biscuit Entertainment
That's What Little Girls Are Made Of 2003
Various Artists
Music for Little People 2:58
School Disco.com 2003
Various Artists
Columbia
Extended Versions 2003 BMG Special Products 3:21
Super 60's [EMI] 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:55
Casey Kasem: The 60's #1 Pop Hits 2004
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:58
Best Hits in Japan: Best of 60's 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Best Sixties Party 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:56
The '60s Rock Experience 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:56
Very! My Favorites! 2005
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Ultimate 70s Pop 2005
Various Artists
Bmg Tv 2:56
Pure 70s Party 2005
Various Artists
Apace 2:50
Daydream Believer: The Platinum Collection 2005 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. 2:56
In Concert 2005 Phantom Import Distribution / Disky Communications
Rhino Hi-Five: The Monkees 2005 Rhino 2:59
No Image 2006 Madacy
All #1 Hits '60s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:58
Very Best of the Monkees [WEA] 2006 MSI Music Distribution / Warner Music TV 2:55
Platinum Collection: Daydream Believer, Vol. 1/Platinum Collection, Vol. 2 2006 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Rhino / WEA
The Greatest Groovy 60's Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 2:58
Heartbeat Summer 2007
Various Artists
Virgin 2:55
Magic the Album 2007 [2 CD] 2007
Various Artists
WMTV 2:58
Forever the Monkees 2007 Madacy 3:02
Flower Power [Time Life Box] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:53
I'm a Believer: The Best of the Monkees 2007 Music Club Deluxe 2:56
Rockland Radio: Welcome To Classic Rock Chapter 1 2007
Various Artists
Toptrax 2:57
Ultimate 60s Collection, Vol. 1 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 2:49
The Ultimate Love Album [CD/DVD] 2009
Various Artists
Sight and Sound 2:58
101 Greatest Housework Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 2:54
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:56
Original Album Series 2010 Rhino 2:57
100 Hits: Summer 2010
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG 100 2:57
Happy Songs [Virgin 2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / EMI TV 2:54
Flower Power: The Music of the Love Generation 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
Monkeemania: The Very Best of the Monkees 2011 Rhino 2:57
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Time/Life Music 2:52
Honey Honey: The Sound of Bubblegum Pop 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 2:54
'60s Music Revolution: Groovin' 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
All Together Now: 20 Football Favourites 2014
Various Artists
Crimson
The Monkees in Mono 2014 Friday Music
The Solid Silver '60s: Greatest Hits 2015
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:57
'60s: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 2:57
100 Hits: Football Anthems
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 2:56
100 Hits: Summer [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
101 Most Beloved Pop Masterpieces
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 3:00
101 Sixties Party Hits
Various Artists
EMI TV 2:58
No Image Rhino 2:56
Classic Album Collection Grateful Dead / Rhino
Daydream Believer/Goin' Down Rhino 2:58
Dreamboats & Miniskirts: Young and in Love
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:57
Exclusive Pop Songs from the 60s
Various Artists
Eva
Feel-Good Favorites
Various Artists
Avalon 2:56
Feel-Good Favorites: Pop Hits of the '60s & '70s, Vols. 1-2
Various Artists
Ultimate Mix 2:56
No Image
Various Artists
Rhino 3:00
Magic: The Album [Sony Music]
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:57
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Smooth FM Presents: Music for Mum 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:56
Sugar Pop
Various Artists
Somerset Group / Universal / Unversal 3:00
The Sixties Album: The Album of the Decade
Various Artists
Rhino / WMTV 2:55
Top Hits/60's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:57
Top Hits/Ballads & Love Songs 60's & 70's
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 2:57
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