Billboard #1 Hits: #194: “Daydream Believer”- The Monkees. December 2, 1967. #1 for 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Daydream Believer”- The Monkees
- Record Company- Colgems
- Genre: Pop
- Written by John Stewart
- Time: 2:54
- B-side:”Goin’ Down”
- Album-The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #1 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #5 in the UK Singles Chart. #1 in Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa.
The Monkees first hit #1 on the last day of 1966 with “I’m A Believer”- which spent 7 weeks at #1- not being dislodged until mid-February. Their second and final #1 ‘Daydream Believer” came in the last month of 1967. Written by John Stewart- shortly before he left the Kingston Trio and embarked on a solo career. Stewart would have a handful of hits in the late 70’s early 80’s the most notable being “Gold” #5 in 1979. Stewart would say that “Daydream Believer” was supposed to be the third in a trilogy of songs about suburban life.
The Monkees producer Chip Douglas was at a party at Hoyt Axton’s house. Stewart was there and when Douglas asked him if he had any songs that might help the group he offered up “Daydream Believer” was the best decision he made in his career. Not many thought that the song would be a hit, Spanky and Our Gang turned it down and while recording the song- Davy Jones who sang the song on The Monkees recording was ‘pissed off” recording the song.
RCA didn’t like a line in John Stewart’s original- the line “Now you know how funky I can be”- they objected to ‘funky’- Stewart at first objected to changing it but he finally backed down. Late in his life Stewart said that the proceeds from “Daydream Believer”-“kept me alive for all these years.”