“Don’t Dream It’s Over” is a song by the Australian rock band Crowded House, recorded for their 1986 self-titled debut studio album. The song was written by Neil Finn, and released in October 1986 as the fourth single from the album.
The song, described by AllMusic as a “majestic ballad”, became the band’s biggest international hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in April 1987. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” was also a great success in Neil Finn’s native country of New Zealand, where it peaked at Number 1. It also topped the charts in Canada, while in Australia it peaked at No. 8. In Continental Europe, it reached No. 6 in Norway, No. 7 in the Netherlands, and No. 13 in Germany. In America the single was topped only by “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael.
In May 2001, the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) celebrated its 75th anniversary by naming the Best New Zealand and Best Australian songs of all time, as decided by APRA members and an industry panel. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” was ranked second on the New Zealand list and seventh on the Australian list.
The music video, directed by Alex Proyas, features some surreal special effects such as household objects – including shattering crockery – and film reels that float in the air, with lead singer Finn playing a guitar and walking through the same house during different time periods while his bandmates are either performing household chores or playing various backing instruments. It was nominated for Best Group Video, and Best Direction at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and earned the group a Best New Artist award.
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