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"Once Upon a Dream"
Song by Mary Costa and Bill Shirley
from the album Sleeping Beauty
Published Walt Disney Music Company
Released January 29, 1959 (1959-01-29)
Recorded 1958
Genre Soundtrack
Label Walt Disney
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) George Bruns

"Once Upon a Dream" is a song written for the 1959 animated musical fantasy film Sleeping Beauty produced by Walt Disney. Its lyrics were written by Jack Lawrence and Sammy Fain while the music is adapted by George Bruns. The song's melody is based on the "Grande valse villageoise" (nicknamed "The Garland Waltz"), from the 1890 ballet The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The tune also features in a dance scene of Charlie Chaplin's 1942 re-release narrated version of his silent movie Gold Rush 1925. "Once Upon a Dream" serves as the film's main theme, and as the love theme of Princess Aurora and Prince Philip. It is performed in the film by a chorus as an overture and third-reprise finale, as well as in a duet by Mary Costa and Bill Shirley, who voiced the roles of Aurora and Philip, respectively.

Notable covers

American girl group No Secrets recorded the song "Once Upon (Another) Dream", whose chorus is based on "Once Upon a Dream", in 2003 for the two-disc DVD release of Sleeping Beauty.

"Once Upon a Dream" was covered by Emily Osment in October 2008 for the Platinum Edition release of the film. Osment's rendition was included in the 2008 compilation album Princess Disneymania.

Seth MacFarlane covered the song for his 2020 show tunes album “Great Songs From Stage & Screen”.

Lana Del Rey version

"Once Upon a Dream"
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Single by Lana Del Rey
from the album Maleficent (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Released January 26, 2014 (2014-01-26)
Recorded 2013
Genre Orchestral pop
Length 3:23
Label Walt Disney
Songwriter(s)
  • Jack Lawrence
  • Sammy Fain
Producer(s) Dan Heath
Lana Del Rey singles chronology
"Young and Beautiful"
(2013)
"Once Upon a Dream"
(2014)
"West Coast"
(2014)

"Once Upon a Dream" was covered by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey for the dark fantasy film Maleficent (2014), which serves as a re-imagining of the original 1959 film. The song was released on January 26, 2014; it was made available as a free digital download during its first week of availability by the Google Play Store. On February 4, the digital download was made available for purchase.

Chart positions

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 96
France (SNEP) 122
Ireland (IRMA) 71
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 60
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard) 5
(on Disney's official channel)
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