Daydream Believer – The Monkees | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1); 1967

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

With their television show a stone-cold ratings smash, the Monkees‘ recording career went from strength to strength. Beginning with I’m A Believer, the B-sides as well as the A’s also charted. Believer‘s flip, (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone climbed to #20. Next up was A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You backed with The Girl I Knew Somewhere which reached #2 and #39 respectively. The Pleasant Valley Sunday/ Words combo did even better with peak positions of #3 and #11. Whereas the first four A-sides were uptempo races, the Monkees kicked off their second chart year with a melodic mid-tempo tune. The composer of Daydream Believer – John Stewart – had risen to prominence as a member of the massively popular Kingston Trio between 1961 and 1967. The year Stewart went solo the Monkees took his song to #1: their first chart topper since Believer. Unfortunately, it also broke their string of double-sided hits when B-side Goin’ Down didn’t go up the Hot 100.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Chip Douglas

Lyrics Written by:

  • John Stewart