Our Top 10 Tears For Fears songs list looks back at a band that broke onto the music scene in the mid 1980s with an album that spawned two straight number one hits making them one of the biggest rock and roll bands in the world. The band’s second album Songs From The Big Chair shook everyone out of their own chairs and up on their feet in applause as the group ignited around the globe. Led by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, Tears For Fears took full advantage of the new musical instrument technology of the 1980s and utilized those tools with brilliant songwriting and playing that was unbelievably captivating and entertaining. The group released five albums from 1983 to 1995. They retuned in 2004 with one more complete studio album. Over the years there have been many compilations and live albums released. When one thinks back to the mid 1980s, artists like Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, U2 and of course Tears For Fears stand out. Our top 10 Tears For Fears songs lists offers a small sampling of some of heir biggest hits.
# 10 – I Love You But I’m Lost
Want to know what Tears For Fears would sound like in the 2010s? Well here you go. We open up our Top 10 Tears For Fears songs list with a song the group released in 2017 entitled “I Love You But I’m Lost.” The song was included as one of two new songs included on a greatest hits package. This is a real interesting listen. If you play this for a music fan who was well versed in Tears For Fears music they probably would not recognize this as Tears For Fears. However, that being said, so much of the traditional Tears For Fears songwriting techniques are still present including those magnificent big sounding cinematic choruses. It was great to have some new Tears For Fears music again just a couple of years ago. This is a great one
# 9 – Pale Shelter
Oh don’t you just love the sound of the early 1980’s? Come on you know you do. The sound of the arpeggiator pulsating through the track is just so distinctive of that sound. This one is a little raw but it so defines the potential these two had to become major stars just a couple of years later. The song “Pale Shelter,” was released on the group’s first album entitled The Hurting. The album was originally released in 1983. The album was huge in the UK. The band on the first album consisted of Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith, Manny Elias and Ian Stanley
# 8 – Break It Down Again
Continuing with our top 10 Tears For Fears songs list we turn to the song “Break It Down Again.” The song was released on the album Elemental. The record was released in 1993. “Break It Down Again,” was a hit around the world It reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom, it was a top 30 hit in the United States and it hit number 4 in Italy. The band’s sound has always been loved by people of all nations which says so much about these guys.
# 7 – Raoul And The Kings Of Spain
“Raoul And The Kings Of Spain,” is easily one of our favorite Tears For Fears songs. This is a smoking track, The guitar riff at the start of the song lights this one up immediately. Roland Orzabal’s falsetto on the chorus is stunning. “Raoul And The Kings Of Spain,” defines one of Roland Orzabal’s greatest vocal performances on record. The song was released on the album of the same name Raoul and the Kings of Spain. The record was released in 1995.
# 6 – Woman in Chains
The great Tears For Fears song “Woman in Chains” was released on the album The Seeds of Love. The album was released in 1993. “Woman in Chains” was the second single released from the record. The song was a moderate hit around the world hovering in the 20s, 30s and 40s of most international music charts.
# 5 – Mad World
As we turn to the second half of our Top 10 Tears For Fears songs list we go back to one of their very special songs. There are many people who have heard the Gary Jules hit version of “Mad Love,” that don’t realize it was originally a Tears For Fears song. Roland Orzabal composed the song and Curt Smith sang the lead vocals. The song became the band’s first hit single as it peaked all the way up to number three on the United Kingdom music charts.
# 4 – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
“Sowing The Seeds of Love,” was the title track to their 1989 album The Seeds of Love. This was a huge song for the band on many fronts. First off, it served as the lead single to the follow up album to Songs From The Big Chair. Secondly, it became one of the most successful singles of their career. The song hit number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1989. It was a top ten single in the United Kingdom as well as many other countries around the world.
# 3 – Head Over Heels
The next three songs on this top 10 Tears For Fears songs list all hail from their 1986 masterpiece Songs From The Big Chair. It was an album that stands as one of the most successful albums of the 1980s. “Head Over Heels,” was the fourth single released from the album. The song continued the group’s incredible success on the music charts. It was the third straight single to be released from the Songs From The Big Chair album to break the U.S. Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10. After two straight number one singles, “Head Over Heals,,” still did phenomenal on the charts peaking at number 2.
# 2 – Shout
As we close in on the top spot on our top 10 Tears For Fears songs list we turn to the second single released from the Songs From The Big Chair album. The massive stadium sounding song “Shout,” was the group’s first number one single of their career. It stands as Tears For Fears’ most commercially successful song the group has ever released. The song hit number one in many countries around the world including the United States, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany, and Belgium.
# 1 – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Closing out our top 10 Tears For Fears songs list is our favorite Tears For Fears song of all time. The great song “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” was released on their grand album Songs From The Big Chair. “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” was the third single released from the album. It was also the second straight number one single the band released. The song was written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley and Chris Hughes. “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” is one of the defining moments of 80s music. The song is filled with lyrical protest, a soaring melody, a stadium sounding hook, while all being encased in brand new 80s synthesizers and expensive reverb units.
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