Once Upon a Dream (Sleeping Beauty song)

"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
Producer(s) George Bruns

"Once Upon a Dream" is a song written in 1959 for the animated musical fantasy film Sleeping Beauty produced by Walt Disney. It is based on Tchaikovsky's ballet of the same name, more specifically the piece "Grande valse villageoise" ("The Garland Waltz"). It is the theme of Princess Aurora and Prince Philip and was performed by a chorus as an overture and third-reprise finale. Mary Costa and Bill Shirley, who were cast in the roles of Princess Aurora and Prince Philip, performed the song as a duet.[2]

The song was covered by the American girl group No Secrets in 2003 for the two-disc DVD release, and by Emily Osment in October 2008 for the Platinum Edition release of the film,[3] and also included on the compilation album Princess Disneymania. Lana Del Rey covered it in a "somber and sinister" mood[4] for the 2014 film Maleficent.

Lana Del Rey version

"Once Upon a Dream"
Single by Lana Del Rey
from the album Maleficent (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Released January 26, 2014 (2014-01-26)
Length 3:23
Label Walt Disney
Producer(s) Dan Heath
Lana Del Rey singles chronology
"Young and Beautiful (Remix)"
"Once Upon a Dream"
"West Coast"
Music video
"Once Upon A Dream" on YouTube

"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 prequel to and re-imagining of the original Sleeping Beauty (1959). 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.[5] On February 4, the digital download was made available for purchase.[6] Angelina Jolie, who plays the film's lead role, picked Del Rey herself to perform the song.[7]

Critical reception

The cover received generally positive reception. Forbes called the cover "moody and low-key"[8] while Stereogum described it as "swoony" and "spaced-out".[9] Hypable said the cover was "much darker" than the original and pointed out the "slight radio effect" over Del Rey's and called her performance of the song "haunting":[10] Spin said of the song snippet from the trailer "Smoky vocals, a bewitching come-hither delivery, and delicate piano turn the 1959 fairytale song into a haunting lullaby."[11] Complex remarked that Del Rey's cover had a "somber and sinister" feel in comparison to the original.[4]

Chart positions

Chart (2014) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[12] 96
France (SNEP)[13] 122
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 71
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 60
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[16] 5


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  4. 1 2 X, Dharmic (January 26, 2014). "Listen to Lana Del Rey's Cover of "Once Upon A Dream" as The "Maleficent" Theme Song". Complex. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  5. "Lana Del Rey's 'Maleficent' Track to Debut During Grammys Read more: Lana Del Rey's 'Maleficent' Track to Debut During Grammys - Disney News by Stitch Kingdom StitchKingdom.com - The #1 unofficial source for news on Disney". Stitchkingdom.com. January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
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  8. Mendelson, Scott (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey Covers 'Once Upon A Dream' For Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent'". Forbes. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  9. Nelson, Michael (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey – "Once Upon A Dream"". Stereogum. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  10. Sims, Andrew (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey's 'Once Upon A Dream' released – listen!". Hypable.com. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  11. McGovern, Kyle. "Hear Lana Del Rey's Creepy 'Once Upon a Dream' Cover in 'Maleficent' Trailer". Spin. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  12. "Pandora Archive: Week Commencing 26 May 2014 – ARIA Chartifacts" (PDF). Pandora Archive. Australian Recording Industry Association (1265): 2. May 26, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  13. "Lescharts.com – Lana Del Rey – Once Upon A Dream" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  14. "Chart Track: Week 24, 2014". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  15. "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 – 7th June 2014". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on June 3, 2014.
  16. "Lana Del Rey – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Lana Del Rey. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
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