Battle of the Songs: In My Dreams

It’s finally April! I am done with the play that I was involved with. I also started another year of work this week. And, as they announced on Monday, we are going to welcome the new era of Reiwa (令和) very soon.

I am still catching up on some R&R as my weekend was spent with the play, which was fun but took a lot of energy. I was so tired and sore on Monday. I will try to recover by this weekend. I still have a lot of things to write about. I am soooo behind on my Eurovision series.

For this Battle of the Songs, I decided to do a battle centered around a song that I wanted to see enter the arena for a while. I was thinking about doing a “fools” theme as Monday was April’s Fool. But, it’s kind of too late.

Don’t be sad! This battle is so excited!

Before We Begin…

This battle features a song done in two ways: one in a glam metal style and one done in a dance-pop style. Which one you like better? Let me know in the comments below!

(This battle is dedicated to The Party/MMC fans on Twitter. I was inspired by your responses!)

Dokken – In My Dreams (1985)

Dokken originally released their album Under Lock and Key in the last quarter of 1985, which the song “In My Dreams” came from. This song is a typical mid-80s glam metal that has a slower tempo than typical glam metal songs from that era.

I never heard of Dokken until a couple of years ago. My parents hated glam or hair metal, so we didn’t listen it a lot in our house when I was growing up. But, when I found out about Winger about when I was in high school, my love for glam metal grew bigger since then. I annoy my parents from time to time by playing some glam metal or hair metal songs. 😛

Like I said above, Dokken’s “In My Dreams” is a typical glam metal song from the 80s. But, it is likable. I am more of a Winger fan girl, but Dokken’s music isn’t that bad. I also like how dramatic that music video can be with all that rain.


The Party – In My Dreams (1991)

This is dance edit version

The Party was a group former with five members (Albert Fields, Tiffini Hale, Chase Hampton, Deedee Magno Hall, and Damon Pampolina) from the late 80s/early 90s reboot of The Mickey Mouse Club. These five were in the show way before Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera joined. Many would recognized Deedee Magno Hall as she voices the character Pearl in Steven Universe. (BTW, I almost forgot but I have mentuioned about The Party before in this blog. It was last year with the song “Summer Vacation”.)

The group released the cover/remix album In the Meantime, In Between Time in the fall of 1991. Unbeknownst to the group and producers, their cover of “In My Dreams” would be their biggest hit, peaking at #34 on the Billboard 100 chart. Also, they got to perform on other networks like MTV.

The Party’s version of “In My Dreams” is a dance tune set at a higher tempo. What I like about this version is the little things: the instrumentation (especially during spoken monologue at the bridge and right before the final chorus) and the backing vocals done by the other members. I really enjoyed how they sang the “Ahh Ahh”s parts with a main melody and a harmonic melody. Finally, I really enjoy Deedee Magno Hall as main vocalist as she has a great voice and brings a different musical flavor to the song.

Single version

What Will It Be?

Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor of the first-ever “Battle of the Songs”? Tell me in the comments below! Also, tell me why you choose a particular version! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

I am also part of The “Battle of the Bands” blog collection. After you vote, please visit the other battles from this blogger circle. There are really exciting battles!

🌞 Visit TOSSING IT OUT by clicking HERE.
🌞 Visit MIKE’S RAMBLINGS’by clicking HERE.
🌞 Visit CURIOUS AS A CATHY by clicking HERE.
🌞 Visit THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING by clicking HERE
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🌞 Visit ANGELS BARK by clicking HERE.
🌞 Visit THE DOGLADY’S DEN by clicking HERE.
🌞 Visit CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE by clicking HERE
🌞 Visit STMoC PRESENTS BATTLE OF THE BANDS by clicking HERE.


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85 thoughts on “Battle of the Songs: In My Dreams

  1. I will go with the 2nd version from The Party as i am not much into the big hair bands from the 80’s that did the soft heavy metal. I think just about every type of heavy metal band like this did some video with rain in it.

  2. sundaymorningwithsandy.com says:

    Never heard of either one, but have to go with The Party on this one! It reminded me of Expose – Taking Me to the Point of No Return.

  3. Arlee Bird says:

    I never listened to Dokken though I am very familiar with the name. The Party versions are both good, but I prefer the Dokken version better. I’m surprised I never bought any of their music back in the day because I listened to a lot–a whole lot–of music in this style. I still like hearing it!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  4. Eileen Layno says:

    I would give my vote to The Party. I like upbeat tunes that can perk me up and uplift my spirits. Songs that make me tap my feet to the music is always a win for me.

  5. Amber says:

    I listened to both of these songs, and I’ll go for The Party. I do like them both though! I’ve always liked 80s music.

  6. caitscozycorner says:

    i actually have never heard either of these songs but i love learning new songs ha- i def like the pop dance one WOOHOO

  7. Holiii !!
    What an interesting thing is your blog. I do not know any of the groups you mention, but it’s normal, because they probably did not even reach my country, and of course, I was not even born.
    But watching the videos, I thought it was a curious music, either of the two groups.
    Good day!!

  8. Hannah Marie says:

    The videos looks super awesome. The clips makes me remember the old songs from MTV before. I really enjoyed reading this post.

  9. Helen Neale says:

    Never heard of this song before but it sounds really great. And I am amazed how talented those singers are.

  10. Terri Ramsey Beavers says:

    Oh my goodness, a play would be so much fun. This was not an easy choice but I’d have to go with The Party – In My Dreams (1991).

  11. blair villanueva says:

    Am not familiar with these songs, but hey 80s and 90s songs are coming back!
    This might be a hit with the remakes.

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