April 6

When I Feel Blue, “All I Have To Do Is Dream”

When I feel blue in the night
And I need you to hold me tight
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream…

When I Feel Blue, "All I Have To Do Is Dream" 1
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I need you so that I could die
I love you so and that is why
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream…

Written by Boudleaux Bryant of the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, “All I Have to Do Is Dream” is a popular song made famous by the Everly Brothers. It was published in 1958.

To note, the song is ranked No. 141 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

According to Billboard magazine, the song took just 15 minutes to write.

When I Feel Blue, "All I Have To Do Is Dream" 2
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“All I Have To Do Is Dream”: Everly Brothers’ 1958 Hit

Released as a single in April 1958, the Everly Brothers recorded the best-known version by far. It was the only single ever to be at no. 1 on all of Billboard singles charts simultaneously, on June 2, 1958.

In addition, it first reached no. 1 on the “Most Played by Jockeys” and Top 100 charts on May 19, 1958. It remained there for five and three weeks, respectively. With the August 1958 introduction of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song ended the year at no. 2.

All I Have to Do Is Dream” also hit no.1 on the R&B chart as well as becoming The Everly Brothers‘ third chart-topper on the country chart. The Everly Brothers briefly returned to the Hot 100 in 1961 with this song.

Moreover, it entered the UK Singles Chart on May 23, 1958. It reached the no. 1 position on July 4 and remained there for seven weeks, spending 21 weeks on the chart.

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers said,

“I remember hearing ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ on an acetate with Boudleaux’s version on it, and I said, at the time, they could have put Boudleaux’s out and it would have been a hit. It’s just a great, great song. It’s beautiful. Boudleaux was the main man who wrote all the great songs for us, and we love him.”

Other Notable Awards

The song has also featured on several notable lists of the best songs or singles of all time, including Qs 1001 best songs ever in 2003. Furthermore, it was named one of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2004.

The Everly Brothers’ version of “All I Have to Do Is Dream” is featured rather prominently in the 2001 film Riding in Cars with Boys. The first the original recording is heard when the father (James Woods) is driving his young daughter (Mika Boorem), who is singing along; at the end of the film the father and the daughter (Drew Barrymore) jointly are singing their beloved oldie whilst huddling together and reminiscing.

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