Crowded House

COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’

The song, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, was originally recorded by Crowded House in 1986

Hey now, hey now “Don’t Dream It’s Over” is a song written and performed by Australian band Crowded House and released as the fourth and final single from their self-titled 1986 debut album. The song peaked at No.8 in their home country, No.1 in New Zealand and Canada, No.2 in America and, initally, No.27 in the UK, as well as being a top ten hit across Europe. The song was re-released in the UK in 1996 as part of their “Recurring Dream” greatest hits album, this time climbing two places higher than the original, ten years earlier!

The song was covered by British singer Paul Young in 1991 for his best of “From Time To Time”. Paul’s version went to No.20 in the UK, the song’s highest charted position there as well as a top ten place in Norway and being a mid-chart hit in Ireland, Frace and Sweden. US band Sixpence None The Richer (remember “Kiss Me”?) recorded a version in 2003, which made it to No.78 on the US singles chart and No.9 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

But whose version is the best? CROWDED HOUSE’s original or PAUL YOUNG’s cover?

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