“Dreams” by The Cranberries was released in 1992 as the band’s debut Single. It was released later as Track two on their debut Album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, in 1993. There was also an early version of the Song that was released in 1990 in Ireland in the Summer of that year.
from the album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993)
The Song reached # 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Charts, and #30 on the UK Charts, in early 1994.
The Song was the first I ever heard from The Cranberries. It was one of those moments where I hear a Song and have to go out and find the Album it comes from. I bought the CD the same day I heard it, at Tower Records, and wore it out playing it so much.
In 1994, I would hear the Song again in my second favorite TV Series of all-time, “My So-Called Life”. That show not only is a favorite of mine, but it changed my life by introducing me to some of the best friends I’ve had in my life. It was the early days of the internet for me, and I found my way to a “mailing list” for fans of the show. That “list” was tight-knit and magical, and through it, I got to know some of the most fantastic people. The Music from the show, and from that time, always brings me back to us first getting to know each other. Like Music itself, it was magical to me.
In 2017, the song was released as an acoustic, stripped down version on the band’s Something Else album.
“Dreams” (acoustic, 2017) by The Cranberries
I’m still so sad about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan. Its brought back a lot of memories I have of the Music, the first two Cranberries Albums, and times and people in my life from the early-to-mid-nineties. Though I would listen to The Cranberries far past that decade, it is really the 90’s that is recalled vividly when I listen to the Songs.