"Dreaming" is a song by the American punk/new wave band Blondie. Released in 1979, it was the lead single from their fourth album Eat to the Beat.[2] It peaked at #2 in the British singles chart and at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.


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Music video[edit]Edit

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.[3]

Release history[edit]Edit

UK 7" (CHS 2359, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah HarryChris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Sound-A-Sleep" (Harry, Stein) — 4:18

US 7" (CHS 2379, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Living in the Real World" (Jimmy Destri) — 2:53

US 12" Promo (CHS14-PDJ, September 1979)

  1. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08
  2. "Dreaming" (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) — 3:08

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1979) Peak


Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 53
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 16
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[7] 14
Canada (RPM 100 Singles)[8] 4
France [9] 33
Germany (Media Control AG)[10] 26
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 18
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[13] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 9
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 27

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1979) Peak


Canadian RPM 1979 Top 100 Singles[19] 60

Sales and certifications[edit]Edit

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver 200,000^

  • sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Cover versions and appearances in other media[edit]Edit

The Smashing Pumpkins covered the song on their 1996 The Aeroplane Flies High box-set.[21] Bassist D'arcy Wretzky and singer Billy Corgan shared vocal duties on the track. The cover had a different beat, which was very slow and reminiscent of trip hop.

The Posies covered it during a live radio performance. Their version appears on the 2000 box set "At Least At Last".[22]

Yo La Tengo covered it on the 1992 various-artists album entitled Freedom Of Choice: Yesterday's New Wave Hits As Performed By Today's Stars.

Amy Speace performs a country cover of this song on her 2006 album Songs for Bright Street.

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco covered it on October 21, 1999.

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles recorded a version which appears on the deluxe edition of their 2009 album Under the Covers, Vol. 2.[23]

Was featured in the 2008 film Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Pop punk band The Backseat Virgins covered it on their album Carl.

Was also featured in the 1998 film SLC Punk!.

The Australian band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds covered it on their album Poor Virginia.

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