(All I Have to Do Is) Dream

"All I Have to Do Is Dream"
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Single by The Everly Brothers
ReleasedApril 1958
RecordedMarch 6, 1958, RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
GenreJangle pop[1]
LabelCadence 1348
Songwriter(s)Boudleaux Bryant
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"This Little Girl of Mine"
"All I Have to Do Is Dream"
"Bird Dog"

"All I Have to Do Is Dream" is a song made famous by the Everly Brothers, written by Boudleaux Bryant of the husband-and-wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant,[2] and published in 1958. The song is ranked No. 141 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is in AABA form.[3]

The Everly Brothers' original version[]

The best-known version was recorded by The Everly Brothers[2] at RCA Studio Nashville and released as a single in April 1958. It had been recorded by The Everly Brothers live in just two takes[4] on March 6, 1958, and features Chet Atkins on guitar. It was the only single ever to be at No. 1 on all of the Billboard singles charts simultaneously, on June 2, 1958. It first reached No. 1 on the "Most played by Jockeys" and "Top 100" charts on May 19, 1958,[5] and remained there for five and three weeks, respectively; with the August 1958 introduction of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song ended the year at No. 2. "All I Have to Do Is Dream" also hit No.1 on the R&B chart[6] as well as becoming The Everly Brothers' third chart topper on the country chart.[7] The Everly Brothers briefly returned to the Hot 100 in 1961 with this song.

Outside the United States, "All I Have to Do Is Dream" saw massive success in various countries, most notably the United Kingdom, where it topped the UK's New Musical Express chart in June 1958 and remained there for seven weeks (including one week as a joint number one with Vic Damone's "On the Street Where You Live"), spending 21 weeks on the chart in Britain.[8][9] The song has also featured on several notable lists of the best songs or singles of all time, including British music magazine Q's 1001 best songs ever in 2003.

It was named one of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2004.

The B-side, "Claudette", was the first major song writing success for Roy Orbison (who also recorded his own version of the song) and was named after his first wife.[10] As a result of this success Orbison terminated his contract with Sun Records and affiliated himself with the Everly's publisher, Acuff-Rose Music.

The Everly Brothers' version of "All I Have to Do Is Dream" is featured rather prominently in the 2001 film Riding in Cars with Boys: first the original recording is heard when the father (James Woods) is driving his young daughter (Mika Boorem), who is singing along; at the end of the film the father and the daughter (Drew Barrymore) jointly are singing their beloved oldie whilst huddling together and reminiscing.


Cover versions[]

"All I Have to Do Is Dream"
Single by Richard Chamberlain
from the album Richard Chamberlain Sings
B-side"Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo"
Songwriter(s)Boudleaux Bryant
Richard Chamberlain singles chronology
"Love Me Tender"
"All I Have to Do Is Dream"
"I Will Love You / True Love"

Richard Chamberlain covered the song on his 1962 album Richard Chamberlain Sings. Released as a single in 1963, it peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[12] and No. 6 on Billboard's Middle-Road Singles chart.[13]

Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell released a duet version in 1969. Their version reached No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100,[14] No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart,[15] No. 4 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart,[16] No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart,[9] No. 6 in Sweden (Radio Sweden),[17] and No. 3 in South Africa (Springbok Radio).[18]

Donny Osmond's cover version appeared on his 1972 album Portrait of Donny.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's version, from their 1975 album Symphonion Dream, reached No. 66 on the Billboard Hot 100,[19] No. 30 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart,[20] and No. 79 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart.[21]

Juice Newton's cover version appeared on her breakout album, Juice, in 1981.

Andy Gibb and Victoria Principal peaked at no. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981 with their remake.

R.E.M. contributed their rendition titled "(All I've Got To Do Is) Dream" to the Athens, GA: Inside/Out soundtrack in 1987.[22][23]

British singer Cliff Richard, singing with Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, recorded a version of the song. The version peaked at No. 14 on the UK Singles Chart in 1994.[9]

At the 1994 AFI Life Achievement Award, which was honored to Jack Nicholson, Harry Dean Stanton and Art Garfunkel made a rendition of the song for Jack.[24]

Cat Power released a version called "Dreams" in 2006 that was later used in an EasyJet advert in 2018.


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  11. ^ "Lightnin Chance". YouTube. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  12. ^ Hot 100: All I Have To Do Is Dream – Richard Chamberlain, Billboard.com. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "Middle-Road Singles", Billboard. March 23, 1963. p. 42. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  14. ^ Hot 100: All I Have To Do Is Dream – Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell, Billboard.com. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  15. ^ Hot Country Songs: All I Have To Do Is Dream – Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell, Billboard.com. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "Billboard Top 40 Easy Listening", Billboard. March 14, 1970. p. 43. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  17. ^ "Hits of the World", Billboard. March 21, 1970. p. 67. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "Hits of the World", Billboard. March 14, 1970. p. 61. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  19. ^ "Billboard Hot 100", Billboard. October 4, 1975. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  20. ^ "Billboard Top 50 Easy Listening", Billboard. August 9, 1975. p. 52. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  21. ^ "Hot Country Singles", Billboard. August 9, 1975. p. 60. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  22. ^ "Music From The Movie, "Athens, GA - Inside/Out" (1987, Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  23. ^ "R.E.M. - Their 10 Greatest Moments". Nme.com. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  24. ^ "Harry Dean Stanton, Art Garfunkel - 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' - 1994". YouTube. Retrieved 26 April 2021.

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