Song #8 of 9999
Title: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Year: 1983Album: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
As far as minor key pop songs go, I don't know that you'll find one more perfect than this. Its stark components blend perfectly to create an air of sterility and soullessness that seems to predetermine the forthcoming digital age. Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox "play" cellos in the video but there is nothing that remotely comes close to sounding like an acoustic instrument on this track. Stewart pokes at an analog synth while Lennox (who would later go on to make beautifully sung, but boring pop-soul) relegates any emotional singing to the distant angelic backing vocals that interrupt the verses. The video is comical almost thirty years (!) later, but I think the song holds up pretty with only the "snare" sounding like it came from an 80s drum machine. Although it is my least favorite part of the song, I love how the call-and-response ("hold your head up!") section sets up one of the more effective breaks in pop music.