Vanessa Carlton’s Cover of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac Is Stunning

You have definitely heard of Vanessa Carlton and hopefully you have heard of Fleetwood Mac as well. Vanessa Cartlon has done her own cover of Fleetwood Mac’s popular song “Dreams.” Dreams was originally released in 1977 and was the only song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States for Fleedwood Mac. Vanessa Carlton released her hit single “A Thousand Miles” in 2002 and it made the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s a song that every still knows and loves. Vanessa Carlton has released music fairly consistently to a dedicated fan base of over 4.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify.


Vanessa’s cover of “Dreams” is her second single release out of a total of six cover songs that will be released within the near future. Her version still captures the rock n’ roll hippie souls of Fleetwood Mac. However, the feel of Vanessa’s version is much more modern sounding in production. Her voice is perfect for this song – she sounds beautiful. It’s not an easy song to sing and she proves just how talented she is. We are looking forward to hearing the other covers as well!

You can stream Vanessa’s version here:

Fleetwood Mac’s version:

Vanessa Carlton’s Website (includes more ways to listen):

“This song is epic. I feel like a lot of people don’t attempt to cover Fleetwood Mac because the personality of these songs are so distinct.  I admit, I was terrified to do this, but I sang Dreams on stage at a BMI event honoring Stevie Nicks. I was 7 weeks pregnant at the time. No one knew. I got to sing the song with Stevie’s band, which was pretty great. Waddy Wachtel, the musical director gave me “the nod” during rehearsal.  Which, I think meant he approved. Or, at least, I’m praying that’s what it meant.

I knew the only way I could honor this song was to get an amazing band. My friend Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket) is one of my favorite drummers. He lives in Louisville and despite being super busy, woke up early, drove to Nashville, played the song and drove home. All before noon. The gorgeous harmonies were done by the Watson Twins, Nashville locals, who are also from Louisville. And the guitars were all done by Adam Landry, who also produced the track. We sent the song to Stevie for approval, and we got the seal. Dream team!” – Vanessa Carlton


Written by Ryan Cassata

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