Aerosmith’s “Dream On” Reaches More Than One Billion Streams In Spotify
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Aerosmith has achieved a significant milestone as their iconic track “Dream On” crosses the one billion streams mark on Spotify, securing their spot in the prestigious Billions Club.
Launched in 2020, the Billions Club is a specially curated playlist on Spotify that features songs surpassing the one billion streams benchmark. Artists who attain this remarkable feat are honored with the coveted Billions Club plaque, a symbol of their unparalleled success.
Aerosmith now shares this distinguished space with other timeless classics such as Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” Survivors “Eye Of The Tiger,” Abba’s “Dancing Queen,” Papa Roach’s “Last Resort,” and Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” This accomplishment stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of Aerosmith, with nearly 500 tracks achieving similar recognition to date.
A Grammy Hall of Famer’s Journey Through Rock History
“Dream On,” originally released on Aerosmith’s debut album in January 1973, holds a special place in rock history. Penned by frontman Steven Tyler, the ballad served as the album’s second single and has since become a staple on classic rock radio. In 2018, the song received the prestigious honor of being inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame, solidifying its timeless status.
Reflecting on the song’s humble origins, Tyler shared:
“The music for ‘Dream On’ was originally written on a Steinway upright piano in the living room of Trow-Rico lodge in Sunapee [New Hampshire], maybe four years before Aerosmith even started. I was seventeen or eighteen… It was just this little thing I was playing, and I never dreamed it would end up as a real song or anything… It’s about dreaming until your dreams come true.”
Despite its initial modest reception in 1973, when “Dream On” reached No. 59 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song underwent a resurgence. Following the monotonous performance of Aerosmith’s subsequent ballad, “You See Me Crying,” in 1975, Aerosmith manager David Krebs successfully lobbied for Columbia Records to re-release “Dream On.” The reissued single soared to No. 6 in early 1976, marking Aerosmith’s first of eight Top 10 hits.
In achieving this billion-stream milestone, Aerosmith not only secures its place in music history but also demonstrates the enduring power of “Dream On” to captivate audiences across generations.