“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” is a song by British new wave music duo Eurythmics. It is the title track of their album of the same name (1983) and was released as the fourth and final single from the album in early 1983. The song became their breakthrough hit, establishing the duo worldwide. Its music video helped to propel the song to number two on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the US Billboard Hot 100; it was their first single released in the US.
Appearing with orange cropped hair and wearing a man’s business suit, the BBC stated Annie Lennox’s “powerful androgynous look” was the music video that “broke the mould for female pop stars“. Rolling Stone called the song “a synth-pop masterpiece that made Lennox and Dave Stewart MTV superstars”.
After the song’s rise, the duo’s 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.In 2020, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.Eurythmics have regularly performed the song in all their live sets since 1982, and it is often performed by Lennox on her solo tours.
Recorded by the Eurythmics in a small project studio in North London, the song’s success heralded a trend of musicians abandoning larger recording studios for home recording methods. 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”.