Daryl Hall and John Oates wrote this keyboard-driven classic with Sara Allen, who was Daryl's girlfriend and the subject of the song "Sara Smile
." When Songfacts spoke with John Oates in 2011
, he said of the track: "It's a great song, simple as that. Good songs are good songs. They stand on their own, they can be stripped away of the production. A song is what happens when a writer sits down on their individual instrument and creates something out of nothing. And there's magic involved and there's inspiration involved. 'You Make My Dreams Come True' represents a vibe, it represents a collaboration between myself and Daryl and the band in the studio in the '80s. Its simplicity and directness is where the charm lies in that song."