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Debbie Gibson - Only in My Dreams (1986)

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"Only in My Dreams" is the debut single by American singer-songwriter-actress Debbie Gibson. Released December 16, 1986, the ...

"Only in My Dreams" is the debut single by American singer-songwriter-actress Debbie Gibson. Released December 16, 1986, the song was written by Gibson in 1984, two years before she recorded it. Produced by Fred Zarr and engineered by Don Feinberg for BiZarr Music, Inc., mixed by "Little" Louie Vega and mastered by Herb "Pump" Powers, the dance-pop song reached No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the summer of 1987.

While it did not initially make the UK top 50, 'Dreams' re-entered the UK singles chart in 1988 on the back of the success of her second single (viz., "Shake Your Love," Atlantic UK A9187), eventually peaking at No. 11. The Extended Club Mix/Vocal track (6:34) from DM 86744 was excerpted for a dance medley, "Medley: Out of the Blue/Shake Your Love/Only in My Dreams" (Debbie Gibson Mega Mix), that became Track 4 on Atlantic DM 86556 "Foolish Beat."

Since the song's release, Gibson has re-recorded the song twice: in 1997 for her album Deborah and in 2010 for the Deluxe Edition release of the Japan-exclusive Ms. Vocalist.

The song was voted 95th on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.

Music video

The music video for this song was recorded as a dream sequence at a beach in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the carousel in the Asbury Park casino (still in use back then), and outside the Asbury Park Convention Center where headliner concerts are still held today. Across the street from the beach, The Stone Pony, where Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi got their start, is still in operation. Gibson has several different changes of wardrobe throughout the video. The video shows the futility of a teenage girl attempting to get the man of her dreams to look at her, and when he does, she realizes that she was dreaming the whole event, thus causing her world to come crashing down around her.

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