The impact of the speech reached beyond the civil rights movement, leaving a lasting impression on popular culture. Music was particularly influenced, with the immortal words making their way into a number of songs over the years. So, without further ado, here's a playlist from Spotify featuring 10 songs that include the word "dream".
According to writer Rick Nielsen, this 1979 track is an attempt to turn a moment of REM sleep into a pop song. It has now become a part of popular culture, receiving airplay in The Simpsons and Lost.
Reaching No 2 in the UK charts in 1979, this track from the band's fourth album Eat to the Beat was influenced by Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. The single included the b-side Sound-A-Sleep.
Taken from 1977's Rumours, the track was written in 10 minutes by Stevie Nicks in a studio used by Sly and the Family Stone. It is said to be a response to Lindsey Buckingham's Go Your Own Way.
Inspired by The Teenagers 2007 single Homecoming, this song came fourth in Rolling Stone's list of the best track of 2010.
Dreaming of You
Released in October 2002, the song came 56th in an NME poll of the 100 best tracks of the noughties. It also gained some popularity in America after being used in an episode of medical comedy Scrubs.
Walking on a Dream
Empire of the Sun
The song was named Single of the Year at the 2009 ARIA Music Awards. However, the duo won't reveal its meaning.
Steven Tyler says he came up with the chords for Dream On as a child while listening to his dad play piano. It is now part of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame's list of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock 'n' Roll.
I Dreamed a Dream
Boyle gave the track new life after singing it during her Britain's Got Talent audition. It was also covered in Glee and sung by Anne Hathaway during her Oscar-winning performance in Les Miserables.
This ballad of lost love came to Orbison while he was asleep and was written in 20 minutes. Released in 1963, it gained attention again in 1986 when film-maker David Lynch used it in his dark thriller Blue Velvet.
Dream a Little Dream of Me
The Mamas and The Papas
Originally recorded in 1931, this 1968 version reached No 12 in the US Billboard chart. The track's credit read "Mama Cass with The Mamas and Papas", indicating the band's impending break-up.