Dream On (Aerosmith song)

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"Dream On"

The UK promo disc of "Dream On".
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Aerosmith
B-side"Somebody"
ReleasedJune 27, 1973 (1973-06-27)[1]
2010 (download only re-issue)
Format7" 45 RPM
Recorded1972 at Intermedia Studios, Boston, Massachusetts[2]
GenreRock, Blues rock, Hard rock
Length3:25 (1973 Single)
4:28 (Album/1976 re-release)
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Steven Tyler
Producer(s)Adrian Barber[1][2]
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Mama Kin"
(January 13, 1973)
"Dream On"
(June 27, 1973)
"Same Old Song and Dance"
(March 19, 1974)
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"Dream On"

The UK promo disc of "Dream On".
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Aerosmith
B-side"Somebody"
ReleasedJune 27, 1973 (1973-06-27)[1]
2010 (download only re-issue)
Format7" 45 RPM
Recorded1972 at Intermedia Studios, Boston, Massachusetts[2]
GenreRock, Blues rock, Hard rock
Length3:25 (1973 Single)
4:28 (Album/1976 re-release)
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Steven Tyler
Producer(s)Adrian Barber[1][2]
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Mama Kin"
(January 13, 1973)
"Dream On"
(June 27, 1973)
"Same Old Song and Dance"
(March 19, 1974)
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"Dream On" is a power ballad by Aerosmith from their 1973 debut album, Aerosmith.[3] Written by lead singer Steven Tyler, this song became their first major hit and classic rock radio staple. Released in June 1973, it peaked at number 59 nationally but hit big in the band's native Boston, where it was the number 1 single of the year on the less commercial top 40 station, WBZ-FM, number 5 for the year on highly rated Top 40 WRKO-AM and number 16 on heritage Top 40 WMEX-AM. The chorus of the song was famously sampled in the 2002 song Sing for the Moment by rapper Eminem on the Eminem Show album. It is also associated with the Boston Red Sox baseball organization.

The album version of "Dream On" (4:28, as opposed to the 3:25 1973 45rpm edit), was re-issued early in 1976, debuting at number 81 On January 10, breaking into the Top 40 on February 14 and peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 national chart, April 10.[4] Columbia chose to service Top 40 radio stations with a re-issue of the 3:25 edited version, thus, many 1976 Pop Radio listeners were exposed to the group's first Top 10 effort through the 45 edit.

"Dream On" was first played live in Mansfield, Connecticut at the Shaboo Inn. In a 2011 interview, Steven Tyler reminisced about his father, a Juilliard-trained musician. He recalled lying beneath his dad's piano as a three-year-old listening to him play classical music. "That's where I got that Dream On chordage," he said.[5]

Steven Tyler says that this was the only song on the band's first album where he used his "real" voice. He was insecure about how his voice sounded on tape, so for the other songs, he tried to sing a bit lower and sound more like soul artists, such as James Brown. The song is also famous for its building climax to showcase Tyler's trademark screams.

Composition[edit]

The song is composed in the key of F minor.

Single track listings[edit]

7" 45 RPM[edit]

Side one
  1. "Dream On"
Side two
  1. "Somebody"

The original 1973 issue of this 45 (45894) has a shorter edit of "Dream On" (3:25). Most of the intro has been edited out and the first chorus is replaced with the second chorus. The second issue from 1976 (10278) contains the album version (4:28).

CD-Maxi[edit]

  1. "Dream On"
  2. "Dream On" [Live]
  3. "Walk This Way"

Chart Performance[edit]

U.S. Billboard Hot 100[edit]

YearPosition
197359
19766

U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Year-End Chart[edit]

End of year chart (1976)Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6]51

Live performances[edit]

Long a concert staple, the song's piano part has been played live by Tyler. The band has also played "Dream On" with an orchestra on a couple of occasions. One of these performances, conducted by Michael Kamen, was performed live for MTV's 10th Anniversary (in 1991) and included on the soundtrack for the movie Last Action Hero. Additionally, in 2006, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry performed the song live with the Boston Pops Orchestra at their Fourth of July spectacular. On September 19, 2006, Aerosmith dedicated the song to captured Israeli soldier Ehud Goldwasser. On September 22, 2007, at a concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Aerosmith dedicated the song to one of their fans, Monica Massaro, who had been murdered earlier that year. In August 2010, Tyler performed much of the song on a grand piano on top of the "Green Monster" at an Aerosmith concert at Fenway Park in Boston, before the rest of the band joined in to close out the song. On May 25, 2013, Tyler performed a brief rendition of the song live during the finale of the tenth season of American Idol. After the Boston Marathon Attacks, Tyler performed the song at the Boston Strong Concert.

Music video[edit]

A coinciding video directed by Marty Callner was also created at the MTV 10th anniversary special performance with the orchestra.

Appearances on other albums[edit]

The song has appeared on almost every Aerosmith greatest hits and live compilation, including:

It also appears on both of the band's box sets.

Achievements[edit]

The song "Dream On" is part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.[7] -It is also ranked #173 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

On February 25, 2013, Massachusetts State Representative James Cantwell (D) of Marshfield and Massachusetts State Representative Josh S. Cutler (D) of Duxbury drafted a bill to name "Dream On" the Official State Rock song of Massachusetts.

Cover versions[edit]

Anastacia version[edit]

"Dream On"
Single by Anastacia
from the album It's a Man's World
Released26 October 2012
FormatDigital download
Recorded2011-12
GenrePop rock
Length4:35
LabelBMG, Rough Trade
Writer(s)Steven Tyler
Producer(s)Glen Ballard
Anastacia chronology
"Burning Star"
(2010)
"Dream On"
(2012)
"Best of You"
(2012)

Anastacia covered the song for her fifth studio album It's a Man's World. The song was released as album's lead single, only in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Release history[edit]

RegionDateFormat
Austria26 October 2012Digital download
Germany
Switzerland

Other covers[edit]

In other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Greatest Hits (CD liner). Aerosmith. United States: Columbia Records. 1980, 1993. CK 57367.
  2. ^ a b Pandora's Box (CD liner). Aerosmith. United States: Columbia Records. 1991, 2002. C3K 86567.
  3. ^ Aerosmith | Main. MTV.com
  4. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - 1976". 
  5. ^ "The Emancipation of Steven Tyler," Rolling Stone, May 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - 1976". Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  7. ^ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "500 songs that shaped rock and roll" [1]
  8. ^ Danny Gokey tries to rock, but simply 'Dreams On'. Newsday.com
  9. ^ Danny Gokey's 'Dream On' Screech. YouTube.com
  10. ^ Danny lands the 'Get Out of Jail Free' card for his abysmal Aerosmith cover EW.com