Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (album)

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) is the second studio album by British pop duo Eurythmics, released on 4 January 1983 by RCA Records.

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Inside the centre white area in between a grey border, a small image of a topless woman with short orange hair and black gloves holding a heart-shaped box. Above the image, text in a golden circle reads "D&A", referencing David Stewart and Annie Lennox. The band's name is seen on the top, with the album's title on the bottom.
Studio album by
Released4 January 1983
StudioEurythmics' 8-track studio and the Church, London
Eurythmics chronology
In the Garden
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Singles from
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  1. "This Is the House"
    Released: 2 April 1982
  2. "The Walk"
    Released: 18 June 1982
  3. "Love Is a Stranger"
    Released: 8 November 1982
  4. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
    Released: 21 January 1983

Background and releaseEdit

Release and popularityEdit

After a year and a half of initial commercial failure for Eurythmics, this album became a breakthrough for the duo on both sides of the Atlantic. The title track became particularly popular and remains one of Eurythmics' most recognisable songs. Its music video, popular on MTV in the United States, is memorable for Annie Lennox's gender-bending imagery. In the wake of this success, the single "Love Is a Stranger", previously a flop, was re-released and became a hit as well. It too was accompanied by a striking video that featured Lennox dressed both as a man and a woman.

The album was re-released in 2005 with the entire Eurythmics studio catalogue except the 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) album, to which Virgin Records holds the rights. The recordings were remastered and several bonus tracks added to each of eight albums. In this release, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) acquired six bonus tracks.


Early Australian, German, and US CD releases (printed in Japan) and the 2005 reissue version of this album have a slightly longer version of "This City Never Sleeps". The length of 6:40 is due to some mixed sound effects and a backmasked message by David A. Stewart saying, "I enjoyed making that there record. Very good, very good" that total 21 seconds. This message also appears on original UK vinyl pressings.

During 1982, Eurythmics recorded many tracks that ended up as B-sides of singles or as alternative versions of other songs. Tracks such as "Step on the Beast", "Invisible Hands", "Dr. Trash", or the alternative versions of "The Walk" have not been released on CD yet and any future plans for re-release are unknown at this time. However, these tracks can now be heard through YouTube.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]
Record Collector     [4]
Rolling Stone     [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [6]
Slant Magazine     [7]
Smash Hits6/10[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[9]
Uncut     [10]

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[11]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, except "Wrap It Up", which is by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, and "Satellite of Love", by Lou Reed.

1."Love Is a Stranger"3:43
2."I've Got an Angel"2:44
3."Wrap It Up"3:33
4."I Could Give You (A Mirror)"3:51
5."The Walk"4:40
6."Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"3:36
8."This Is the House"5:00
9."Somebody Told Me"3:29
10."This City Never Sleeps"6:40
Total length:42:21
2005 special edition bonus tracks
11."Home Is Where the Heart Is"3:01
12."Monkey Monkey"5:19
13."Baby's Gone Blue"4:17
14."Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (Hot Remix)5:19
15."Love Is a Stranger" (Coldcut Remix)7:17
16."Satellite of Love"4:36
Total length:72:10


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).[12]

  • David A. Stewart – production (all tracks); engineering
  • Adam Williams – production (tracks 1, 2, 5, 8); engineering
  • Robert Crash – production (tracks 3, 4, 9); engineering
  • Chris Ashbrook – video stills
  • Lewis Ziolek – cover photography
  • Laurence Stevens – design
  • Green Gartside – guest vocals (track 3)

Sweet Dreams: The Video AlbumEdit

Sweet Dreams: The Video Album
Video by
Length63 minutes
LabelBMG Video
DirectorDerek Burbidge
  • Kate Burbidge
  • Maurice Bacon
Eurythmics chronology
Sweet Dreams: The Video Album
Eurythmics Live

Eurythmics also released a video album for Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), featuring in-concert performances, promotional videos, and narrative animation highlighting the duo's singles "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", "Love Is a Stranger", and other songs from the album.[citation needed]

The live concert performances, taped at the Heaven nightclub in London, feature a selection of songs from Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), as well as two songs from their 1981 debut album, In the Garden, "Never Gonna Cry Again" and "Take Me to Your Heart".[citation needed]

The video album was directed by Derek Burbidge, with the exception of the promos for "Love Is a Stranger" (directed by Mike Brady), "Who's That Girl?" (directed by Duncan Gibbins), and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (directed by Chris Ashbrook).[citation needed]


  • Director: Derek Burbidge
  • Producers: Kate Burbidge, Maurice Bacon
  • Executive producer: Mickey Shapiro
  • Animation: Bura and Hardwick Animation
  • VHS release: 1983
  • DVD release: 1998

Track listingEdit

  1. "Prologue" (introduction montage) – 1:46
  2. "This Is the House" (live version) – 4:48
  3. "Never Gonna Cry Again" (live version) – 4:21
  4. "Take Me to Your Heart" (live version) – 4:08
  5. "I've Got an Angel" (live version) – 3:41
  6. "Satellite of Love" (live version) – 5:01
  7. "Love Is a Stranger" (promo) – 3:26
  8. "Who's That Girl?" (promo) – 3:40
  9. "This City Never Sleeps" (live version) – 5:12
  10. "Jennifer" (live version) – 4:39
  11. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (live version) – 3:36
  12. "I Could Give You (A Mirror)" (live version) – 3:47
  13. "Somebody Told Me" (live version) – 3:25
  14. "Wrap It Up" (live version) – 3:20
  15. "Tous les garçons et les filles" (live version) – 3:40
  16. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (promo) – 3:40



Certifications for Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[33] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Germany (BVMI)[34] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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