COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘I Have A Dream’

The song, “I Have A Dream”, was originally recorded by ABBA in 1979

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA wrote the song “I Have A Dream” for the group’s sixth studio album, “Voulez-Vous” in 1979. The track was released as the sixth and final single in December that year but only in select countries and not in their homeland. It peaked at No.1 in Canada, The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland and No.2 in the UK.

American Country singer Cristy Lane covered the song the following year and took it to No.34 in New Zealand but the most notable version of “I Have A Dream” came from Irish boy band Westlife in 1999. Their version was co-produced by Pete Waterman and featured on their second album “Coast To Coast” as well as an ABBA tribute album featuring other artists recording ABBA songs. Westlife’s “I Have A Dream” was released in December 1999 and was the Christmas number one in the UK that year. The song was also a top ten success around Europe and in New Zealand, where it peaked at No.10.

But which version is the best? ABBA’s original or WESTLIFE’s cover?

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