Music / Eurythmics
Some of them definitely want to abuse you...

Sweet dreams are made of this,
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world and the seven seas,
Everybody's looking for something.
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"

Eurythmics were a music duo based in the London, England area who were popular in the 1980s. The duo consisted of Aberdeen, Scotland native Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, who was born and raised in the northern England city of Sunderland. They were both formerly in a band called The Tourists in the late 1970s, and were also romantically involved with each other for a few years, but that relationship ended around the same time The Tourists broke up. Lennox sang lead vocals on Eurythmics' songs, while Stewart played several instruments, including guitar and keyboards. On all of their albums, the pair used guest musicians to fill out the sound. Eurythmics are often considered to be one of the greatest musical acts of the '80s. They are most famous for their 1983 song "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" from their album of the same name, which was their commercial breakthrough.

Eurythmics recorded eight studio albums during their original run, which lasted from 1980 until 1990. In 1999, the duo reunited and released a ninth studio album, Peace. In 2005, Eurythmics released a compilation album, a box set and reissues of seven of their first eight albums, but they have been inactive again since then barring a single appearance for one song at a Beatles tribute concert in early 2014. Lennox and Stewart both also have solo careers.

Famous Songs

  • "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (1983)
  • "Who's That Girl?" (1983)
  • "Here Comes the Rain Again" (1984)
  • "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" (1985)
  • "Sisters are Doing It for Themselves" (with Aretha Franklin) (1985)
  • "Missionary Man" (1986)
  • "I Need a Man" (1988)


  • In the Garden (1981)
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983)
  • Touch (1983)
  • 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) - Soundtrack album for the 1984 film version of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
  • Be Yourself Tonight (1985)
  • Revenge (1986)
  • Savage (1987)
  • We Too Are One (1989)
  • Peace (1999)

This band has the following tropes:

  • Bastard Boyfriend: The scooter-riding Jerk Ass in the video for "Would I Lie To You." He gets his in the end...
    • does the stage-crasher who gets a Soft Glass KO from one of the backup singers.
  • Bifauxnen: Annie Lennox, especially in the early '80s. U.S. customs officials wanted proof that she was actually a woman when first entering the country.
    • Some people would also insinuate that her habit of stripping off her shirt during concerts was to prove her gender.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Part of Annie Lennox's trademark androgynous look.
  • Creepy Doll/Perverse Puppet: Pops up in the "Love is a Stranger" video.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Their work has this in spades.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Over the course of their career, they went from post-punk to synth-pop to blue-eyed soul to straight-ahead rock.
  • New Sound Album: Eurythmics have a few of these. Their first two albums, In the Garden and Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), are both mostly New Wave sounding, but In the Garden is more guitar-based New Wave and post-punk, while Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) is more synthesizer-based, especially the title track. Their fifth album, Be Yourself Tonight, marked a change to a punk-influenced pop rock sound. Savage, the duo's seventh album, was more or less a blend of their synthpop and pop rock styles, while their next album after that, We Too Are One, contains blues and folk influences. Finally, their 1999 reunion album Peace has some orchestral arrangements.
  • Our Angels Are Different: "There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart)".
  • Record Producer: Dave Stewart.
  • Scatting: "There Must Be an Angel" opens and closes this way.
  • Single Stanza Song: "Sweet Dreams" is made up of one verse and chorus repeated several times (exactly which bit is the verse and which is the chorus is a moot point, but not really important) plus a middle eight refrain.
  • Spoken Word in Music: "Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)"
  • Stop Motion/Undercrank: The video for "Missionary Man." It's...disturbing.
  • Title Drop: In the clip to "Would I Lie To You", the advice Dave gives Annie just before they go on stage is the title of the album the song is from, "Be Yourself Tonight". Annie does.
  • Twist Ending: "Love Is A Stranger"'s video depicts Annie as a High-Class Call Girl and Dave her chauffeur cruising the streets. Turns out she's a Ridiculously Human Robot and the chauffeur is her creator.
  • Your Cheating Heart: "Who's That Girl?"

Alternative Title(s): Annie Lennox