Eurythmics

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

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A worldwide smash that only belatedly hit U.S. shores in the MTV-fuelled summer of 1983, Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" is one of the iconic songs of that age. Everything about the tune is unforgettable, from the striking video -- Annie Lennox's striking cheekbones and ice-blue eyes emphasized by her close-cropped traffic-cone-orange hair and tailored black suit, Dave Stewart playing keyboards in a cow pasture -- to what at the time was an exciting and new sound for commercial radio. In retrospect, Eurythmics' early sound was simply the clipped motorik monotony of Neu! and early Kraftwerk applied to British pop-single forms, but the wondrous oddity of this decidedly minimalist, downright skeletal pop song remains. Listening decades later, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" still sounds both warmly inviting and off-puttingly chilly.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 1983 RCA 3:36
Sweet Dreams [Video] 1985 Image Entertainment
Greatest Hits 1991 Arista 0:00
Pop & Wave, Vol. 3 1993
Various Artists
4:51
Pop & Wave, Vol. 3: Lots More Hits of the 80's 1993
Various Artists
Columbia 4:52
It's Electric: Classic Hits from an Electric Era 1994
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Telstar
Striptease 1996
Original Soundtrack
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 3:36
Sweat Mix, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Beast Records / Simitar Distribution 3:48
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Women 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 3:37
Ultimate New Wave Party 1998 1997
Various Artists
Arista 3:04
80's #1 Pop Hits 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:50
Gridlock Groove 1997 Groove Parliament
Classic Rock: 80's 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:40
Hits of the 80's [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:34
Chart Toppers: Rock Hits of the 80s 1998 Priority Records 4:54
1997 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 1998
Various Artists
Central Station Records 4:19
Love Rocks, Vol. 6: Hot Nights Dim Lights 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 4:50
Relax: Ultimate 80's Mix 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 2:42
Blast from the Past [Warner] 1998
Various Artists
Warner / ESP
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Best of the Best [Insight] 1998
Various Artists
Insight (3)
Electronic Eighties, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 4:51
Electropop Essentials 1999
Various Artists
Hip-O / Hippo 3:32
The All Time Greatest Pop Album 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:54
Tae Kick Boxing, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:48
Millennium: 80's New Wave Party 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:37
20th Century Time Capsule 1999
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:36
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Slow Motion Century Edition 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 3:37
Modern Rock Collection 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:38
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:30
I Love Disco, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Beggars Banquet
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:39
Number One 80's 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:32
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the '80s 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:39
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:55
Club Mix Retro: The '80s, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Cold Front Records 4:53
Classic Rock 80's 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 4:52
'80s Pop Hits 2001
Various Artists
Compose Records 4:51
Hot Hot Hot: Eighties Top of the Charts 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:34
Forever Gold: British Invasion 2001
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:53
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 80's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:55
Capital Gold Legends 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:33
I Want My 80's Box 2001
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:33
Don't Stop the 80's 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:36
Atomic 80's: The Definitive Eighties Album 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:48
Electric Dreams: '80s Synth Pop Classics 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Everything 80's 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:51
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
Songs to Make You Feel Good: 40 Uplifting Classics 2002
Various Artists
Avanti Records
Best 80s Modern Rock Album 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:37
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Die 80er Show [#2] 2002
Various Artists
BMG 3:34
All #1 80's 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:34
Electric, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records
I Love Techno Pop, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Beggars Banquet 4:51
#1 Hits of the 80's [2004 Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:34
Bob & Rose 2004
Original Soundtrack
Almighty Records 4:51
MC Mario Presents: 80's Rewind 2004 Sony Music Distribution 4:29
Best of the 80's & 90's [Paradiso] 2005
Various Artists
Paradiso
My Generation: The Soundtrack of Our Lives - The Eighties, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Ultimate Collection 2005 Legacy / Arista 3:37
Boxed 2005 RCA / BMG 5:19
I've Got a Life [UK CD #1] 2005 Sony BMG 5:30
I Love 80's 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Barking Mad
Top 40 Dance Chart 1980-1995, Vol. 4 2007
Various Artists
Magic 0:00
Baby Goes New Wave 2007 Baby Goes Records 6:03
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:51
Die Hit Giganten: Hits der 80er 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:37
100% 80's 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:50
Anthems: Electronic '80s, Vol. 2 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:35
Mix 80's, 90's y Más 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:39
The Brit Awards 2012 2012
Various Artists
Universal 3:37
Sweet Dreams 2012 Hudson Street
40 Ans: Les Nocturnes RTL Georges Lang 2013
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Now! That's What I Call Music: 30 Years 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:52
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:53
Now That's What I Call Legends 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:54
Greatest Hits [2015] 2015 Sony Music
Synth Pop 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:38
Now That's What I Call New Wave 80s 2015
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music 4:49
Now That's What I Call the 80s [2015] 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:36
Smooth FM: All Time Top 50, Vol. 3 2016
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:36
Dos Décadas Dance: 1980-1986
Various Artists
Beggars Banquet
Grandmix: The Disco Edition, Vol. 2 Sony Music Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
Pioneer
Molly: Do Yourself a Favor [Original TV Soundtrack]
Original TV Soundtrack
Liberation 3:37
Nasty Beats Quality
New Wave Sound
Various Artists
Virgin
Notte Prima Degli Esami BMG Italy / Sony Music Entertainment
Now This Is Music: The Sound of the 80s, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva
No Image
Various Artists
Universal
School's Out Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Polydor / Polymedia
Ultimate Collection [Video] BMG International
Vol. 1-Capital Gold Legends
Various Artists
Virgin