I Have a Dream (song)

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"I Have a Dream"
Single by ABBA
from the album Voulez-Vous
B-side"Take a Chance on Me" (Recorded "Live" at the Wembley)
Released7 December 1979
FormatSingle
Recorded15 March 1979 at Polar Music Studios
GenrePop
Length4:45
LabelPolar Music
Writer(s)Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
CertificationGold (UK), Gold (Netherlands)
ABBA singles chronology
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"
(1979)
"I Have a Dream"
(1979)
"As Good as New"
(1980)
"Estoy soñando"
Spanish version cover
Music video
"I Have A Dream" on YouTube
 
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This article is about the ABBA song. For other songs with the same title, see I Have a Dream (disambiguation).
"I Have a Dream"
Single by ABBA
from the album Voulez-Vous
B-side"Take a Chance on Me" (Recorded "Live" at the Wembley)
Released7 December 1979
FormatSingle
Recorded15 March 1979 at Polar Music Studios
GenrePop
Length4:45
LabelPolar Music
Writer(s)Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
CertificationGold (UK), Gold (Netherlands)
ABBA singles chronology
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"
(1979)
"I Have a Dream"
(1979)
"As Good as New"
(1980)
"Estoy soñando"
Spanish version cover
Music video
"I Have A Dream" on YouTube

"I Have a Dream" is a song by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was featured on the group's sixth studio album Voulez-Vous and released as a single in December 1979. The single became a big hit, topping the charts in many countries and peaking at No.2 in the UK over the Christmas week of 1979. Twenty years later, Irish pop group Westlife released a successful version of the song which reached No.1 in the UK over the Christmas week of 1999.

Overview[edit]

The song was written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and was taken from the group's 1979 album, Voulez-Vous. Anni-Frid Lyngstad sang the lead vocals. It was released as a single in December 1979 with a live version of "Take a Chance on Me" as the B-side. The recording is notable for being the only ABBA song to include vocalists other than the four band members; the final chorus features a children's choir from the International School of Stockholm. In the UK, "I Have a Dream" was held off the No.1 spot by Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" which also features a children's choir. "I Have a Dream" is included on the ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits album, as well as in the Mamma Mia! musical.

In the UK, the single was issued in a lavish gatefold sleeve, intended as a souvenir for UK fans who had attended the Wembley concerts (the live recording of "Take a Chance on Me" being from one of them). The inner gatefold made use of the pyramid/mountain/iceberg designs similar to those used in the inner sleeve of Greatest Hits Vol. 2. The inner gatefold was effectively an advert for ABBA's existing albums released in the UK, but the back cover featured a message from ABBA themselves regarding the Wembley concerts, together with their signatures. The front cover used the same live photo of ABBA as the worldwide release, but artwork and fonts were different. This was only Epic's second picture sleeve for an ABBA single.

The live version of "Take a Chance on Me" on the B-side was one of three mixes of the same recording to be issued. Released soon after the concerts, this version is thought to be the genuine recording. A very slightly extended version, featuring spoken introductions from the group, was used as the B-side in Australia. This extended version has been released internationally on the deluxe edition of ABBA: The Album. Finally, a third mix was included on ABBA Live issued in 1986.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979/1980)Position
Australia (ARIA)[1]64
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2]1
Canada Adult Contemporary Chart[3]1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4]1
Ireland (IRMA)[5]2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6]1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7]2

Cover versions[edit]

Westlife version[edit]

"I Have a Dream" / "Seasons in the Sun"
Single by Westlife
from the album Westlife
Released19 December 1999
FormatCD single, cassette single
RecordedPWL Studios, London January 1999
GenreTeen pop
Length4:06
LabelBMG
Writer(s)Benny Andersson / Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)David Foster, Pete Waterman
CertificationPlatinum (UK)
Westlife singles chronology
"Flying Without Wings"
(1999)
"I Have a Dream" / "Seasons in the Sun"
(1999)
"Fool Again"
(2000)

Westlife released a cover of "I Have a Dream" in December 1999, twenty years after ABBA's original release. The song became the group's fourth UK number-one single. The release was a double-A-side, also featuring "Seasons in the Sun". The release became the UK's Christmas number-one single of 1999, extending its peak into January 2000 and spending seventeen weeks in the UK chart.[11] The song was the 26th best selling single of 1999 in the UK.

In 2001, as part of a UNICEF fund-raising campaign, the song was re-recorded with additional vocals by Indonesian child singer, Sinna Sherina Munaf. The song has received a Platinum sales certification in the UK for over 650 000 copies sold.[12]

Music video[edit]

The single's promotional video features the band exiting a car into a dark street where a group of children are who start singing with the band and play with toys lying nearby before the band go back into the car and drive away.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Have a Dream" (Single Remix) – 4:06
  2. "Seasons in the Sun" (Single Remix) – 4:10
  3. "On the Wings of Love" – 3:22

Chart performance[edit]

Country (1999-2000)Peak
position
Denmark (Tracklisten)[13]11
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[14]7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[15]10
Germany (Media Control Charts)[16]24
Ireland (IRMA)[17]1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18]10
Norway (VG-lista)[19]10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20]15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21]18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22]1

End-of-year charts[edit]

End-of-year chart (1999)Position
UK Singles Chart26
Preceded by
"Goodbye" by Spice Girls
UK Singles Chart Christmas number-one single (Westlife version)
1999
Succeeded by
"Can We Fix It?" by Bob the Builder
Preceded by
"I Try" by Macy Gray
Irish IRMA number one single
18 December 1999 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Born to Make You Happy" by Britney Spears
Preceded by
"The Millennium Prayer" by Cliff Richard
UK Singles Chart number-one single (Westlife version)
18 December 1999 – 8 January 2000 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Masses Against the Classes" by Manic Street Preachers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Abba – I Have a Dream". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 12 Jan 11.
  2. ^ "Abba – I Have a Dream – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 30 Nov 10.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Abba – I Have a Dream" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 30 Nov 10.
  5. ^ "All there is to know". Irish Singles Chart. IRMA. 
  6. ^ "Abba – I Have a Dream – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 Nov 10.
  7. ^ "December 1979/ Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 Nov 10.
  8. ^ Svensktoppen - 1987
  9. ^ Dan Daniell
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "WESTLIFE | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  12. ^ "Westlife | Official Top 20". Mtv.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  13. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Westlife – I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun". Tracklisten. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  14. ^ "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.ca. 2000-01-29. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  15. ^ "Westlife: I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  16. ^ "Seasons In The Sun/single Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  17. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Westlife – I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Westlife – I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun". VG-lista. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Westlife – I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  21. ^ "Westlife – I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.

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