Best Talking Heads Songs

The Top Ten

1 Once in a Lifetime

You may find yourself on a top 10 Talking Heads website, and you may think yourself a little confused with the results, and you may ask yourself, "Why is 'Once In A Lifetime' not number one? " and you may tell yourself, "Well, maybe I should vote for it! "

Great lyrics, awesome chorus, unique production, and the best track the band ever produced.

Great song!

This is messed up why is "Psycho Killer" #1!

2 Psycho Killer

I like this song, should be first

The Pumped up kicks of the nineteen seventies

this is messed up! this is 1st material

I don't know why prefer everyone Once in a Lifetime better, I think this is their best song!

3 Burning Down the House

Come on its awesome its one of those songs I force myself to not learn the lyrics to because its fun screaming out incomprehensible to

Probably the best of their songs to listen to with a group. - Knucklewood

4 This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)


I typically don't associate Talking Heads with beautiful love songs. This is the big exception.

Isn't as groovy as some of the others, but has a genuinely heartfelt quality that they'd never achieved up till this point.

No other like it. Purely original

5 Life During Wartime

If you don't love the version on stop making sense, you're just a horrible person and I don't want to have anything to do with you. - tommydeath

What a song. Studio version is great, live version is great. It's in rarified air in its ability to capture a moment in time.

Just the best song, builds and builds, then finishes in a great crescendo, can't get sick of listening to it. David Byrnes voice, Jerry Harrison on percussion, Steve Scales and all the backup, Stop Making Sense... Just the best of Talking Heads!

6 And She Was

I love the music, and the lyrics are fantastic as well! - Knucklewood


7 Wild Wild Life

My favorite song

My personal favorite Talking Heads song!

this song is beast it should be up around 1 with psycho killer

Got some wild, wild life! Just an incredibly happy song tahts fun to sing along to!

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8 The Great Curve

One of the best TH song, great "The Great Curve"

Sounds like a whole orchestra. Everything fits together so well. You always hear something for the first time when you listen to it again. Comparable to Tff's "Shout"

Love the different vocal rhythms going on simultaneously

Frigging cool as hell guitar interplay

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9 Born Under Punches

Their live performance in Italy is nothing short of breathtaking, - Raulrdv

Their performance at Rome 1980 is probably their best recording of any song

This is the grooviest and best thing they've ever done. should be higher - RandomPerson1234

This song is wonderful,i'm surpised by this low rating

10 Thank You for Sending Me An Angel

Their best opening track from their best album- sheer nonsensical beats and riffs coming together to form something amazing, all exmplified in this song.

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11 Road to Nowhere

I like the singing near the end. "There's a city in my mind.. " that was my favourite part of any talking heads songs

Impossible! This song should be at least in the top 3. Any self respecting Talking Heads fan should know that.

This is their best song! Should at least be in the Top 3! This is crazy good!

Best song also reached no1 an the video was just as good
I have a massive talking head

12 Take Me to the River

Great song

This should be higher up. - matty925

This song is the pinical of cool - DeadAsian

13 Stay Up Late

This song is just so fun!

14 Houses in Motion

Any song off this album is amazing

WAY too low

15 Cities

Love the base line!

Pretty sick.

16 No Compassion

I think this one's the best on the album, even better than "Psycho killer". The transition through different sounds makes it just like a mini progressive rock song though.

I love the transitioning in this song, it almost makes it feel like he's arguing with himself about whether he should be more caring or not - Knucklewood

17 Girlfriend is Better

Way too low. I especially love the "Stop Making Sense" version. - Knucklewood

18 Crosseyed and Painless

Too many great songs to pick. Today I pick this one!

19 Artists Only

From humble and mad beginnings, the sing branches out into a superb guitar fade out.

20 I Zimbra

Robert Fripp On the guitar In some parts - Rushfan2112

21 (Nothing But) Flowers

Should be higher in my opinion, once in a lifetime shouldn't be number 1

Totally underrated because it is on a weak album

22 Making Flippy Floppy

Second only to Moon Rocks on Speaking in Tongues, mad and brilliant.

23 City of Dreams

It's nice to listen to, and the lyrics really make you think - Knucklewood

24 Sax and Violins

Underrated gem

25 Slippery People

Love this song, should be higher on this list

Though the studio version may not be outstanding, the live version in 'Stop Making Sense' is just irresistible from the bottom to the top! #thelordwontmind

26 Heaven

Neat song. Very underrated.

27 Air
28 The Lady Don't Mind

The lady do mind how low this song is on the list

This should be up there with Once in a Lifetime.

29 The Overload
30 Pulled Up
31 The Big Country

Are you kidding me! This is one of their best songs!

32 Love Goes to Building on Fire
33 Found a Job
34 Swamp

I really think this song should be higher. It's a join in and sing kind of song. Heard it in a movie once and really liked it since.

35 Cool Water
36 Dream Operator

It gives me such nostalgia. My dad put this song on the video of my brothers' early moments.

37 Mind

Have none of you heard this or something? The quintessential Talking Heads jam

38 Don't Worry About the Government

What this rocks!

39 Memories Can't Wait
40 Listening Wind
41 Drugs
42 Lifetime Piling Up

surely #1?

43 Love for Sale
44 Walk It Down
45 What a Day that Was
46 Television Man
47 Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town
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Top Remixes (9)

1. Once in a Lifetime
2. Life During Wartime
3. Wild Wild Life
1. Born Under Punches
2. Life During Wartime
3. Psycho Killer
1. Burning Down the House
2. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
3. Once in a Lifetime

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