100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #94: “Dreams” by Beck

The song at #94 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is “Dreams” by Beck. Born Bek David Campbell in Los Angeles in 1970, the eternally youthful singer-songwriter, musician and producer has been making great music ever since the unexpected success of his breakout single “Loser” in 1994. Over his long, innovative and prolific career, he’s recorded and released an astonishing 14 studio albums, continually experimenting with an eclectic myriad of genres including alternative rock, folk, country, hip hop, soul, funk and electronic.

“Dreams” was released in June 2015, a few months after his Album of the Year Grammy win for Morning Phase. Beck stated he wanted to make a record that “would be good to play live“, and did he ever! The song is exhilarating, with a fantastic guitar-driven groove, cool psychedelic synths and the kind of strong thumping drum beat that I adore. The song was ultimately included on his 2017 album Colors.

4 thoughts on “100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #94: “Dreams” by Beck

  1. Beck has been with me since Mellow Gold/middle school. His eclectic experimentalism in lo-fi and genre versatility never ceases to amaze me, and he’s simply a go-to for working out, blasting out of a car window, or even painting to. What I love about Beck is I have a good memory of what was going on in my life per album. Even a bad memory – a depressing breakup – brings back a smile while listening to his most depressing album, Sea Change. And that’s just it, Sea Change is about the next chapter in your life, no matter how difficult it is to turn the page.

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