Daydream Believer was the second of three number ones for the group assembled in Los Angeles in 1966 for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The quartet was composed of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, and Davy Jones. All music was supervised by producer Don Kirshner. Who played what when has been a topic of constant debate.
The Monkees have never, to this date, been nominated Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In June 2007, Tork complained to the New York Post that Jann Wenner had blackballed the Monkees from the Rock Hall:
[Wenner] doesn’t care what the rules are and just operates how he sees fit. It is an abuse of power. I don’t know whether the Monkees belong in the Hall of Fame, but it’s pretty clear that we’re not in there because of a personal whim. Jann seems to have taken it harder than everyone else, and now, 40 years later, everybody says, ‘What’s the big deal? Everybody else does it.’[does not play their own instruments] Nobody cares now except him. He feels his moral judgment in 1967 and 1968 is supposed to serve in 2007.
In the current Vanity Fair magazine Johnny Depp called Daydream Believer one of his all time favorite tunes.