Annie Lennox wrote and performed one of Eurythmics‘ inarguably greatest hits when “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” came out and became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983. But some fans are just getting around to it in 2020.
Lennox was made aware that Tim and Fred Williams, a set of twin brothers from Gary, Ind., came across her hit for the first time this week. The 21-year-old brothers have grown to fame as of late for discovering hits from the decades and filming their reaction upon listening for their “First Time Hearing” series on their popular YouTube channel TwinsthenewTrend. And in an Aug. 9-dated video, the two strap in for their first time experiencing “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
And Lennox felt beyond delighted to watch their reaction video, which she shared on her Twitter Friday (Aug. 14). “Oh my GOD!!! I saw this for the first time a couple of days ago… It’s amazing from my perspective, watching these two incredible young guys picking up on Sweet Dreams – recorded in ’83,” she wrote. “THAT’S where the true power of music lies… A bridge to the soul and intellect!”
In a separate tweet, she noted that “Sweet Dreams is a surrealistic futuristic dystopian mantra for the existential nature of our human dilemma!!!!! Ya think?!!!!”
Twitter users also alerted Lennox in the replies section that the twins filmed a reaction video for her 2014 solo hit “I Put a Spell On You” just yesterday (Aug. 13).
Some other well-known No. 1 Hot 100 classics the Williams brothers have come across just in the last week for their “First Time Hearing” series include Toto‘s “Africa,” Spice Girls‘ “Wannabe” and OutKast‘s “Hey Ya!” Their most famous reaction video captures their initial encounter with Phil Collins‘ “In The Air Tonight” last month, which gave both parties a big up in numbers. The Williams brothers’ video has since garnered more than five million YouTube views, and Collins himself experienced an incredible surge in streaming and sales numbers, with “In the Air Tonight” racking up 1.1 million streams and 6,000 downloads in the three days following the video’s virality last Friday, Aug. 7.
See Lennox’s reaction to their first listen of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” as well as the extended video of the twin brothers’ listening experience, below.