WATCH: Reba McEntire Performs Stunning A Capella Cover of ‘Sweet Dreams’ Honoring Patsy Cline

by Katie Maloney

Reba McEntire has us in all our feels with her a capella cover of Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams.”

There’s something about an a capella song that can be so moving. Without all the distractions from the background music, we really get to focus on the performer’s voice and emotion. That was certainly the case during Reba McEntire’s cover of country music legend Patsy Cline‘s song, “Sweet Dreams.”

The stark background of a dark stage contrasted with Reba’s gorgeous black sequin gown makes for a chilling presence. Add Reba’s effortless vocals and we’ve got an incredibly moving performance.

During an interview in 2017, Reba opened up about her admiration for Patsy Cline, and why she was drawn to “Sweet Dreams.”

“‘Sweet Dreams’ was a song I recorded because I’m such a huge fan of Patsy Cline. And I would end the show with that a capella,” said Reba. “It’s just that type of song, the first time you hear it, it touches your heart. And probably everyone has been in that sort of situation at some point in their life.”

Reba McEntire Wasn’t The First To Cover “Sweet Dreams”

One of the most difficult parts of a breakup is letting go of what you thought you could be with your ex-partner. And Reba’s cover of “Sweet Dreams” certainly depicts that. The song is about a person who, during the day tries everything she can to move on from her past partner. But, every night, she has sweet dreams of their past times together. It really is an anthem for everyone moving through the grief of a breakup.

However, Reba wasn’t the first artist to cover the song. In fact, Patsy Cline herself wasn’t even the first to record the song. “Sweet Dreams” was written by Tennessee songwriter Don Gibson in 1955. It became Gibson’s first hit song as a writer when country artist Faron Young recorded it and it landed in the number two spot on the Country chart in 1956. A year later Gibson set out on his own as a solo artist. And three years after that, he released his own version of “Sweet Dreams.” His version of the song landed in the number six spot on the Country chart and cracked the Hot 100 at number 93.

It wasn’t until 1963 that icon Patsy Cline recorded her own version of “Sweet Dreams.” Patsy Cline‘s recording soared to the number five spot on the Country chart and peaked at number 44 on the Hot 100. Since then several country superstars have recorded the song including Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, and of course, Reba McEntire.