EURYTHMICS – Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” is a song written and performed by the British new wave music duo Eurythmics (Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart). It was released as a single in early 1983, the title track of their album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), one of their biggest hits, and the song which provided the group with their breakthrough into commercial success. Its striking music video helped to propel the song to #2 on the UK singles chart and #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, on 3 September 1983, after The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” had held it off at #2 for 4 consecutive weeks in August. It was the fourth and final single released from the Sweet Dreams album in the UK and the first single released by Eurythmics in the US.”Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” is arguably Eurythmics’ signature song. Following its success, their previous single, “Love Is a Stranger”, was re-released and also became a worldwide hit. On Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time issue in 2003, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” was ranked number 356 (the group’s only song on the list). Eurythmics have regularly performed the song in all their live sets since 1982, and it is often performed by Lennox on her solo tours.In 1991, the song was remixed and reissued to promote Eurythmics’ Greatest Hits album. It re-charted in the UK, reaching number 48, and was also a moderate hit in dance clubs. Another remix by Steve Angello was released in France in 2006, along with the track “I’ve Got a Life” (peaking at number 10).

Eurythmics, a British rock/pop duo, consists of eight studio albums, one live album, two compilation albums, one soundtrack album, one extended play, and thirty-three singles. Their first studio album, In the Garden, was released in 1981 but they did not gain any commercial success until their second album, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), released in 1983. The album reached number three in the UK and was certified platinum.

The album’s title track was released as a single, and reached number two in the UK and number one in the United States and Canada. Later in 1983, the duo released their third album, Touch. It topped the UK album chart, and produced three top 10 singles; “Who’s That Girl?”, “Right by Your Side”, and “Here Comes the Rain Again”. In 1984, Eurythmics released the soundtrack album 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) which included the Top 5 hit “Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)”.

Their next studio album, 1985’s Be Yourself Tonight, peaked at number three in the UK and went double platinum in both the UK and Canada. The single “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)” topped the UK chart. The duo continued their chart success with the album Revenge in 1986, which also peaked at number three in the UK and went double platinum in the UK and Canada. Eurythmics released their next studio album, Savage, in 1987, which peaked at number seven in the UK, reaching platinum status. In 1989, they released the album We Too Are One, which reached number one in the UK and reached double platinum status In 1990, the duo informally disbanded and their Greatest Hits album was released in 1991.

It topped the UK album chart for 10 weeks, achieving six times platinum in the UK and triple platinum in both the US and Canada. Eurythmics reunited in 1999 and released their eighth and final studio album, Peace, which peaked at number four on the UK chartts A second greatest hits album, Ultimate Collection, was released in 2005, reaching the UK Top 5 and has been certified triple platinum. Overall, the duo have sold over 75 million records worldwide.

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