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"Heartbreak Dream" is the song by Australian recording artist Betty Who. It was released on 18 February 2014 with a limited edition CD single in North America in April 2014 as the lead single from her second extended play, Slow Dancing (2014) and her debut studio album, Take Me When You Go (2014). The song is used over the end credits of the 2015 film Pitch Perfect 2.

"Heartbreak Dream"
Heartbreak Dream by Betty Who.jpg
Single by Betty Who
from the album Slow Dancing and Take Me When You Go
B-side"Somebody Loves You" (acoustic)
Released18 February 2014 (2014-02-18)
FormatDigital download, Vinyl, Limited Edition CD single
GenreSynthpop, pop
LabelRCA Records
Songwriter(s)Betty Who, Peter Thomas
Producer(s)Peter Thomas
Betty Who singles chronology
"Somebody Loves You"
"Heartbreak Dream"
"All of You"
Music video
"Heartbreak Dream" on YouTube

Who describes "Heartbreak Dream" as being about "the kind of relationship that you probably should end but for some reason [you can’t]."[1]


Music videoEdit

The music video was released on 2 April 2014. It features Who in concert and interacting with fans.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Jamieson Cox from Entertainment Time said; "There’s a remarkable density and confidence to “Heartbreak Dream”: Who applies layers and layers of hooks like a cake decorator with a heavy fondant hand, but trusts in her voice to soar above the fray. In a remarkable show of personality, it does: she’s tender and tough in equal measure, balancing defiance and reflection on a relationship that’s souring. It’s tough to draw complex situations with nuance and depth over the course of a four-minute pop song, but Who makes it look easy with “Heartbreak Dream” — this is another strong effort from a star in the making." [3]

Josh Terry of Consequence of Sound said; "While the song deals with the unromantic and complex sides to relationships, it manages to wrap its sense of melancholy in bouncing pop euphoria."[4]

Robbie Daw from Idolator said; "Is it possible for a song about heartbreak to sound this upbeat? Betty Who makes it seem effortless."[5]

Nic Kelly from Project U (in a review of the extended play) said "'Heartbreak Dream' follows the single 'Somebody Loves You' in its size and romanticism. It’s real ‘close the curtains, make sure the door’s locked and jump around your room singing it’ stuff. 'In a moment, you were everything to me. In this moment, we’re living in a heartbreak dream,' Betty wails over a massive pop jam which would stand an entire Allphones Arena up to sing and dance along." [6]

Track listingsEdit

Digital download
  1. "Heartbreak Dream" – 3:50
Limited edition CD single(RCA – 088843-04577-7)
  1. "Heartbreak Dream"
  2. "Somebody Loves You" (Acoustic)


  1. ^ "Listen: Betty Who's new song "Heartbreak Dream"". JOSH TERRY. Consequence of Sound. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Betty Who - Heartbreak Dream". YouTube. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Betty Who Goes for the Big Time in New Single "Heartbreak Dream"". Entertainment Time. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Listen: Betty Who's new song "Heartbreak Dream"". JOSH TERRY. Consequence of Sound. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Betty Who's "Heartbreak Dream": Listen To The New Single, Which Is Out Today". Robbie Daw. Idolator. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  6. ^ "A REVIEW OF BETTY WHO'S 'SLOW DANCING' EP AND HOW IT'S AUTHENTIC IN A SPECIAL WAY". Nic Kelly. Project U. Retrieved 26 August 2016.