Information about the piece
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) is a well-known song by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, better known as the British music duo Eurythmics. It was released in 1983 as the title track of their album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). It marked a turning point in their career as it signaled a change to a more electronic pop sound.
Its distinctive synthesizer riff, strong rhythm, and powerful yet cool vocals reflect the aesthetics of the emerging New Wave. The chorus is both haunting and catchy, delivering memorable lines. Its music video, showing Annie Lennox with her cropped orange hair and androgynous style, became the epitome of the 80's MTV era.
Musically, Sweet Dreams was composed in the key of C minor and follows a simple chord progression. The rhythm is set by a drum machine, supported by a simple bass guitar pattern, with a spluttering synth and touch of soulful keyboard on top:
The song was a global hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the US and peaking at number two in the duo's native UK. It has been covered, sampled, and referenced by many artists across diverse genres ever since.
For intermediate piano players interested in learning this iconic 80's hit, there is a suitable version of piano sheet music for Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) available for download after purchase. This version accurately captures the song's distinctive synthesizer riff and rhythm, making it enjoyable and rewarding to play.
- Sweet Dreams
- Composed by
- David Stewart
- Annie Lennox
- Pop & Rock
- Piano Solo