Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Jack Lawrence
Producer(s) Dan Heath
Recorded 2013
Length 3:23
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"Once Upon a Dream" was covered by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey for the dark fantasy film Maleficent (2014), which serves as a prequel to 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.[1] Angelina Jolie, who plays the film's lead role, picked Del Rey herself to perform the song.[2]

Critical reception

Forbes called the cover "moody and low-key"[3] while Stereogum described it as "swoony" and "spaced-out".[4] 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":[5] 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."[6] Complex remarked that Del Rey's cover had a "somber and sinister" feel in comparison to the original.[7]


  1. "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 - The #1 unofficial source for news on Disney". January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  2. Charalambous, Sophia (January 27, 2014). "Lana Del Rey's rendition of Once Upon A Dream for Maleficent premieres at Grammys in 90-second sneak peek trailer". Daily Mail. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  3. Mendelson, Scott (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey Covers 'Once Upon A Dream' For Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent'". Forbes. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  4. Nelson, Michael (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey – “Once Upon A Dream”". Stereogum. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  5. Sims, Andrew (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey’s ‘Once Upon A Dream’ released – listen!". Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  6. McGovern, Kyle. "Hear Lana Del Rey's Creepy 'Once Upon a Dream' Cover in 'Maleficent' Trailer". Spin (magazine). Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  7. X, Dharmic (January 26, 2014). "Listen to Lana Del Rey's Cover of "Once Upon A Dream" as The "Maleficent" Theme Song". Complex (magazine). Retrieved January 27, 2014.
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