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May 01, 2014 11:41 ET

'Sweet Dreams', 'California Dreamin' & 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' Are the Nation's All Time Favourite Sleep-Themed Songs

New music poll shows that golden oldies have stood the test of time in the kip tunes chart

Sleep-themed songs from the swinging Sixties top the sleep charts, and only three songs from the millennium make the top 20

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - May 1, 2014) - 'Sweet Dreams' by Eurythmics, 'California Dreamin' by The Mama's & The Papa's and 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' by the Everly Brothers are the nation's all time favourite sleep-themed songs according to a new music poll.

The research conducted by Travelodge, surveyed 2,500 adults to identify Britain's all time top 20 sleep-themed music chart. Interestingly, key findings revealed that despite thousands of sleep-related songs being recorded over history, just three tunes from the last two decades attained a place in the charts - which goes to prove that the golden oldies are the best.

Topping the poll in number one position is Eurythmics signature hit, 'Sweet Dreams which was released in 1983. The up-tempo beat and synthesised riff gave Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart their breakthrough into commercial success and went silver after selling a quarter of million copies.

The second most popular sleep associated song to make the charts is 'California Dreamin' by The Mama's and The Papa's - which only charted at number 23 the first time it was released in the UK back in 1966. Although it charted at number nine upon being re-released in 1997, the song has stood the test of time and today it is the nation's second most popular song associated with sleep.

The third song to make the listing is The Everly Brothers classic love ballad 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' which spent six weeks in the number one position back in 1958. Despite a string of hits prior to this release, this song was actually The Everly Brothers' first number one hit in the UK - and has clearly endured ever since.

Another song from the 50's making it into the top five is The Chordettes' 'Mr Sandman' - which was released 60 years ago in 1954 and went to number 11 in the charts, before being re-recorded by The Four Aces in the same year and reaching number nine in the charts.

Making up the top five listing is 'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac, which was their only number one hit in the US, and which reached number 24 in the UK in 1977. The track gained bigger success in 1998 when a version by The Corrs reached number six in the UK charts.

Only three songs from the 2000's made the top 20 list, with the highest entry being Avicii's Wake Me Up - which spent three weeks at number one in 2013. The only other entries from this millennium are My Chemical Romance's 'Sleep' and Sean Kingston's Party All Night (Sleep All Day).

Listed below is the nation's all time top 20 favourite sleep themed songs.

Position Song Artist Year released
1 Sweet Dreams Eurhythmics 1983
2 CaliforniaDreamin' The Mama's and The Papa's 1966
3 All I Have To Do Is Dream The Everly Brothers 1958
4 Mr Sandman The Chordettes 1954
5 Dreams Fleetwood Mac 1977
6 Insomnia Faithless 1995
7 Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream Simon & Garfunkel 1964
8 Dream a Little Dream of Me Mama Cass 1968
9 The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens 1961
10 Enter Sandman Metallica 1991
11 Dreaming Blondie 1979
12 Promise Me Beverley Craven 1991
13 Wake Me Up Avicii 2013
14 Dreams The Cranberries 1992
15 I'm Only Sleeping The Beatles 1966
16 Sleep My Chemical Romance 2006
17 Where Did You Sleep Last Night? Nirvana 1993
18 I'm So Tired The Beatles 1968
19 Party All Night (Sleep All Day) Sean Kingston 2010
20 Talking In Your Sleep Crystal Gale 1978

Often described as the swinging sixties, and heralded as an era that spawned a new generation of rock and roll musicians, the 1960's produced a series of slower hits around the theme of sleep too. There are six tracks from 60's in the top 20 chart, beating the 1990's (five hits) and the 70's (three hits) as the most popular decade for sleep hits.

Pop legends The Beatles have two tracks from that decade making the top 20, with 'I'm Only Sleeping' (1966) from their album Revolver, and 'I'm So Tired' (1968) from their White Album.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said: "We spend a third of our entire life sleeping, so it's no wonder that hundreds of musicians have been inspired to record a range of songs about sleep. With this in mind and that fact that we love to talk about sleep as much as the weather nowadays, we thought it would be interesting to find out the nation's all time favourite sleep-themed tunes.

"It's quite surprising to see so few songs from recent times in the top 20 listing which goes to show that the Golden Oldies really do stand the test of time."

About Travelodge:

Notes to Editor:

The research was conducted among 2,500 adults by OnePoll in April 2014.

The first budget hotel brand to launch in the UK in 1985, Travelodge now operates over 500 hotels and 38,000 rooms across the UK, Ireland and Spain . More than 16.5 million people stayed with Travelodge last year and 85% of reservations are currently made online at www.travelodge.co.uk, which is one of the UK's top five most visited travel websites, attracting over 1.1 million visits each week.

The company has recently benefitted from a £223 million brand investment, which includes a £57m refurbishment programme across its estate and a brand new room concept created by Travelodge customers. As well as offering more comfort, style and quality, the new room features the Travelodge Dreamer, a new luxury king size bed deemed in the industry as the 'Rolls Royce' of beds.

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