In case you need a reminder that time passes quickly, the Eurythmics‘ Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – one of the seminal examples of synth pop – is 40 years old.
The song’s success is a result of great songwriting by bandmembers Dave Stewart & Annie Lennox, iconic sound design and production, and a heavy dose of WTF in the music video.
“People think it’s about sex or S&M,” notes Lennox, “and it’s not about that at all.” But that probably didn’t hurt sales.
Lennox says that the song is an expression of having to survive in a world that is often hopeless. Stewart suggested adding the “Hold your head up, moving on” to keep the song from being too depressing.
40 years later – it’s clear that the song, the video and the band were way ahead of their time.