Eurythmics – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” (1983)
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This),” the sole #1 hit from the UK duo Eurythmics, doesn’t really have a chorus. That’s because it’s all chorus, all hook. Annie Lennox, cold and commanding, tells you all the different ways the world will fuck you over, all the urges and motives that you’ll face in all the people you meet. She boils this hard, bleak worldview into a few phrases, and then she repeats those phrases again and again. Those lines become a mantra, an incantation. Naturally, they make for an absolute dancefloor banger. That’s what the best new wave did: It made you dance to dark truths and strident philosophical positions.
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