The early 1980s radio was chock full of British artists, including the first hit single from The Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).
This single was from the first album by The Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams, and was written by the two group members Annie Lennox and David Stewart.
Released in the United Kingdom in February 1983, it became a hot single on the Brit charts, hitting #2, which led to its popularity and chart hits in Belgium, France, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Canada and Australia.
In September 1983, the single was released in the United States, as the lead single of the album and soared up the charts to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Extensively using synthesized sounds in the single, Lennox and Stewart also created a unique music video, showcasing Lennox’s distinct looks: with close cropped red hair and androgynous clothing, she was an eye-catching icon of British new wave music.
Getting endless airplay on MuchMusic in Canada and MTV in the United States propelled the single, which was released in May 1983 up the charts, dethroning The Police’s Every Breath You Take after a month at the number one spot.
Becoming the band’s best known single of the era, The Eurythmics continued success with consequent albums and singles was never overshadowed by their only number one single on Billboard’s Hot 100.