Some say that only in dreams do we dare to do what we really want that when we dream we are free and we allow ourselves to feel and do things that we would never do when we are awake. Dreams, that parallel universe with which we give free rein to our deepest desires and to which we approach through films, books, songs, and all kinds of artistic expressions that try to connect everything that lives hidden in our unconscious with the reality that accompanies us every day.
Who does not have a favorite song that makes him dream? Who does not have a soundtrack that puts him in a good mood? How many of us have played the music at full volume to forget the sadness and tragedies of life so that for a few minutes the world is a little less chaotic and hope shines again above all?
Dreams and music are two concepts that have always been linked over the years, a good proof of this is the thousands of songs that tell us about them, either through their lyrics or simply through their harmony and extrasensory sounds.
Below, we are going to give you a list of 20 songs that talk about dreams and that everyone should know or have heard at least once in their lives.
Dreams, music, and nostalgia. This list of songs has everything to win a place in your heart and make you want to listen to them all on loop to lift your spirits and make you dream again.
Let’s get started!
1. A million dreams – The Greatest Showman
Lights, camera, and action! The great Hugh Jackman and a wide repertoire of renowned artists brought music back to the cinemas and made hundreds of children and not-so children believe again in the power of dreams.
One of the most important songs of the whole film, entitled “A million dreams,” is the one that speaks directly about the power of our dreams, especially those that grow in our hearts since we are children and that when we grow up are still alive, waiting to come true.
Regardless of how many times the word ’dreams” is pronounced in this song, this piece is undoubtedly beautiful and inspiring, since not only its music is endearing but also its lyrics, full of strength and hope in each verse and that makes us feel stronger and full of light to face our day to day when we sing it.
2. Imagine – John Lenon
John Lenon’s Imagine is more than a song about dreams and hope, it’s an anthem for all humanity. Who hasn’t sung at the top of their lungs the chorus of this wonderful song? Everyone who is at least 60 years old knows it and more importantly, has felt it and made it their own at some point in their lives.
The song has lyrics full of meaning that although it does not speak directly about people’s dreams and personal aspirations, it manages to captivate everyone who listens to it and plunges them into a state of absolute peace and hope.
John Lenon wrote it to launch a message of peace against the war that was being lived in those years however its success was so great that the song quickly became known around the world and all radio stations played it every day.
It is a song that fights for human rights through the power of dreams. “Imagine that the world was better” is the most important message of the song and it is undoubtedly a message of peace and full of dreams.
3. I Have a Dream – Mamma mia
Mamma mia is the favorite musical of millions of women around the world and no wonder because, after more than 40 years and two successful movies, the music of the group ABBA is for many a way to understand life and see it in a much more positive way.
Well, among many of their songs we highlight the one titled ‘I have a dream’ that gives entrance to the first film and talks about the dream of singing, knowing the world, and having faith in destiny.
A beautiful song that will fill you with good feelings from the first second.
4. Dream – Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes was a youth superstar who today has established himself as one of the best artists of the international music scene. At only 22 years old, He has many songs that talk about dreams and overcoming.
But in his latest album, he has included one called “Dream’ which tells us about the feeling of missing someone you love and resorting to dreams to get back together.
5. Viva la Vida – Coldplay
Coldplay is a very famous band and has released hundreds of hits that we all know but if we are looking for a song that makes us dream and has truly inspiring lyrics, it is Viva la Vida.
This song is an ode to life, to overcomings, and to the strength of dreaming and betting on what we really want without fear.
6. Dream on – Aerosmith
This song is included in the debut album of the legendary rock band in 1973, quickly becoming an anthem of hope for their thousands of fans. “Dream until your dreams come true” is an idea as simple as it is powerful.
We all have something to achieve, something that we don’t tell anyone but that has been beating in our hearts forever and that we wish for with all our might. That’s what this rock ballad is about and it will never go out of style no matter how many years go by.
7. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Green Day
Green Day had its moment of fame during the 2000s and released many hits that thousands of young people sang in unison at all their concerts. But one of their most popular songs has always been and will always be “The boulevard of broken dreams.”
This song talks about broken dreams and the feeling of hopelessness that we all have experienced at some point when we are unable to achieve our goals.
8. I dreamed a dream – Les Miserables
The musical Les Miserables from Victor Hugo’s play is world-famous not only for its story but also for its exquisite soundtrack. The song is sung by the female protagonist.
“I dreamed a dream” is a song to life, to hope, and to believe that a better future is possible even when you have nothing and life has repeatedly turned its back on you.
9. Your Song – Elton John
Elton John is a master of the English song, everyone in England loves him and he has so many beautiful songs. However, if it’s all about dreaming and listening to a song that touches our hearts and takes us to our deepest desires.
“Your Song” is the one and the best for daydreaming. A love song that will make you get excited and believe that everything is possible.
10. Dream – Imagine Dragons
A beautiful and dynamic song that was included in the album Smoke and Mirrors by the famous group Imagine Dragons and that invites us to reflect on life, unfulfilled promises and to remember that the inner child we have inside should never die.
“We are all children when we dare to dream’ that is what the song wants to tell us and that is the truth, we all have a little child inside that reminds us of what we dreamed when we still did not know what life really was.
11. Wonder – Shawn Mendes
Once again Shawn Mendes makes us dream with one of his songs and turns to dreams and his inner world as inspiration to create this beautiful song full of emotion and dynamism.
“Wonder’ speaks of the most hidden desires, of what we think about in the darkness of our room just before falling asleep It speaks of the purest love and the dream of reaching it someday. Undoubtedly, this is a unique piece that since its release last December has not stopped being played everywhere.
12. Lose Yourself – Eminem
Eminem was an American rap star during the whole decade of the 2000s and although he is currently quite disappeared from the music scene, in his albums, there are many songs that invite us to dream and talk about self-improvement.
One of those songs is “Lose Yourself,” a song that talks about his own personal experience with success and about how a person if he makes an effort, can achieve any dream.
However difficult or impossible it may seem, “Do not miss the opportunity to exploit your talent to the fullest, there are opportunities that only come once in a lifetime.”
With phrases like this, the rapper explains how important it is to bet on our dreams and our talents.
13. Bet on it – High School Musical 2
All teenagers from the 2000s onwards had the privilege of living the musical phenomenon that was the launching of the musical trilogy High School Musical by Disney Channel.
The films left us with a wide variety of themes that spoke of friendship and the dreams of the age. being the song ’Bet on it’ sung and performed by Zac Efron in the second film one of the most remarkable in terms of dreams and expectations for the future.
The song title does not contain the word dreams but a very clear message about what we should do with them: “Bet on me, bet on my dreams.” It is a piece full of strength and rhythm that all the young people who lived through that phenomenon will always remember and sing in their hearts.
14. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
“It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight, risin’ up to the challenge of our rival, and the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night, and he’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the tiger.“
Who hasn’t sung this iconic tune at the top of their lungs? This song is perfect to put us in the right situation and motivate us to succeed in everything we set out to do.
15. American Dream – MKTO
This song talks about the great American dream that so many people have been dreaming about for decades: “The world is spinning too fast for you and me. so tell me whatever happened to the American dream.”
If you feel like daydreaming and imagining yourself living in America and fulfilling all your dreams, this song is perfect for it and make you dance at any time of the day.
16. In the end – Linkin Park
In the last decade, the group Linkin Park has sounded strongly by much of the world, conquering all its followers by the strength of its lyrics and music. However, although many of their songs talk about hope, most of their lyrics talk about the crudest part of life and how hard it can be to never fulfill your dreams.
In the song “In the end,” we can find a heartbreaking lyric that tells us about the feelings we experience when we see our dreams unfulfilled: “1 tried so hard and got so far. But in the end, it doesn’t even matter. I had to fall, to lose it all. But in the end, it doesn’t even matter.”
17. Let it Go – Frozen
This song has been an anthem since the first moment Disney’s animated movie “Frozen” was released in theaters. The song sung by Demi Lovato is a hymn to hope and the freedom to live our dreams as we want. The film repeatedly addresses the theme of dreams and the fear of having to give them up to fulfill the family duty imposed on us from a young age
“Can’t hold it back anymore. Let it go. let it go! Turn away and slam the door. I don’t care what they’re going to say.”
This song will lift your spirits every time you hear it. I have no doubt!
18. I’ll make a man out of you – Mulan
This song from the famous Disney movie “Mulan” tells us about the strength and courage of a woman who fights for her dreams despite having an entire empire against her.
Anyone who listens to this inspiring song will feel more encouraged and full of energy to pursue their goals: “Be a man, we must be swift as the coursing river, be a man. With all the force of a great typhoon, be a man with all the strength of a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of the moon.”
19. Just, a Dream – Nelly
In this song, Nelly tells us the sad story of a woman in love who dreams about her wedding with the love of her life. However, this is not a story with a happy ending and at the end of the song, the woman wakes up and realizes that it was all a dream and that it never really happened.
Dreams sometimes deceive us and make us live in a false reality from which we would never want to wake up.
20. My way – Frank Sinatra
In the 1960s, this song and artist became world-famous, making “My Way” an ode to self-improvement and the power of dreams. Living our life our way and without fear of what others may say is something essential that we should all be able to do.
And that is precisely what the great Sinatra sings in this mythical song: “Regrets. I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do, and saw it through without exemption.”
In conclusion, dreams and self-improvement are an essential part of our existence and throughout this list of songs, it has been more than demonstrated.
All these songs invite us to dream and overcome ourselves, but they also show us the reality of the worst moments, when everything does not go as we expect and our dreams are broken into a thousand pieces.
Don’t hesitate to listen to this long list of hits and start putting rhythm and lyrics to all your goals!