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"Shattered Dreams" is a song by English group Johnny Hates Jazz. Written by the band's lead singer Clark Datchler, their major-label debut single was a worldwide hit.

"Shattered Dreams"
Shattered Dreams.jpg
Single by Johnny Hates Jazz
from the album Turn Back the Clock
Released23 March 1987 (UK)
16 March 1988 (US)
Songwriter(s)Clark Datchler
Producer(s)Calvin Hayes / Mike Nocito
Johnny Hates Jazz singles chronology
"Me and My Foolish Heart"
"Shattered Dreams"
"I Don't Want to Be a Hero"
Music video
"Shattered Dreams" on YouTube

"Shattered Dreams" entered the UK Singles Chart in March 1987 at #92 but gained popularity through extensive radio play and video rotation on MTV and quickly climbed the charts, peaking at #5 in May 1987, spending three weeks at that position and a total of 16 weeks in the chart. It went on to become a top 20 hit throughout Europe, and even reached the top 10 in some countries.

The song fared even better the following year in the U.S. There, "Shattered Dreams" was released early in 1988 with a totally different music video, shot entirely in black and white and directed by David Fincher, which Datchler actually preferred.[2] The single peaked at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for one week and #2 for three non-consecutive weeks on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, kept from the top spot by "Anything for You" by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine and also "One More Try" by George Michael (both of which topped the Adult Contemporary chart themselves, for three weeks each).[3] A midtempo club remix of the track was released on 12" vinyl.

Billboard magazine ranked "Shattered Dreams" as the #26 song of the year 1988 in their December 31 issue.[4]

Clark Datchler and the group would soon part, and Datchler released an acoustic version of the song as a track on his 1990 Virgin solo single "Crown of Thorns." He later re-recorded a slower version on his 2007 album "Tomorrow" in C minor.

The song has been covered by boyband Ultra, on its UK Top 40 eponymous album in 1999; by House artist Jaybee in 2005;[5] by Russian pop star Sergey Lazarev in 2007; and in 2009 by Quentin Elias, former singer for French boyband Alliage, House artist Vibelicious and by American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook during his Declaration tour.


Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1987/1988) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 25
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart[7] 4
Canadian Singles Chart[7] 4
Dutch Singles Chart[8] 26
French Singles Chart[9] 29
German Singles Chart[10] 7
Irish Singles Chart[11] 3
Italian Singles Chart[12] 12
Japanese Singles Chart[citation needed] 80
Norwegian Singles Chart[13] 6
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 6
Swedish Singles Chart[14] 7
Swiss Singles Chart[15] 5
UK Singles Chart[16] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[17] 2
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart[18] 1

Sergey Lazarev versionEdit

"Shattered Dreams"
Single by Sergey Lazarev
Released2006 (Russia)
16 July 2007 (UK)
GenrePop, dance
Sergey Lazarev singles chronology
"Shattered Dreams"

In 2006, Russian pop star Sergey Lazarev covered the song with a new arrangement. This was his first solo outing outside the post-Soviet zone and his first international single to be formally released in the UK.

Track listing

  1. "Shattered Dreams" [Radio Edit]
  2. "Shattered Dreams" [Metro Edit]
  3. "Shattered Dreams" [Kid 79" Remix]
  4. "Shattered Dreams" [Metro 12 Mix]
  5. "Shattered Dreams" [Groove Brothers Mix]
  6. "Shattered Dreams" [Hardrum Mix]
  7. "Shattered Dreams" [Video]

Quentin Elias versionEdit

"Shattered Dreams"
Single by Quentin Elias
GenrePop, dance

In 2009, French singer Quentin Elias covered the song in a single released on-line at such retailers as iTunes and[19]

Track listing

  1. "Shattered Dreams" [Original Die For Me Mix]
  2. "Shattered Dreams" [Deep & Dark Mix]
  3. "Shattered Dreams" [Dalyx's Chill Lounge Mix]
  4. "Shattered Dreams" [Classic House So Divine Bass Mix]
  5. "Shattered Dreams" [Minimal Vocal Beat Dub]
  6. "Shattered Dreams" [Dalyx's Dance Pop Mix]
  7. "Shattered Dreams" [Filter Dat Radio Club Mix]


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  2. ^ "Back to the 80s: Interview with Clark Datchler of Johnny Hates Jazz". Kickin' it Old School. Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 129.
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  5. ^ "Jaybee Feat. Morris - Shattered Dreams (CD)". 2005-12-19. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
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  7. ^ a b "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
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  9. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Archived from the original on 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
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  11. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  12. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: J". Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams". Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams". Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams". Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  16. ^ "JOHNNY HATES JAZZ | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  17. ^ "Johnny Hates Jazz - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
  18. ^ "Johnny Hates Jazz - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
  19. ^ [2][dead link]

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