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! "

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

I don't know why, but there is something about this song that I really like!

Good song

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2 Psycho Killer

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! - somekindofaguy

This one is definitely one of their catchiest and best songs. - matty925


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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)

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

Nothing beats this melody.. I do love Once In A Lifetime.. but this song is just unreachable and so unique.

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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 Wild Wild Life

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

My personal favorite Talking Heads song!

My favorite song

La Ășnica decente de este grupo mediocre.

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7 The Great Curve

Frigging cool as hell guitar interplay

Super good!

8 And She Was

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


9 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.

10 Crosseyed and Painless

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

The Contenders

11 Love Goes to Building on Fire
12 I Zimbra

Robert Fripp On the guitar In some parts - Rushfan2112

13 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

14 Take Me to the River

This should be higher up. - matty925

This song is the pinical of cool - DeadAsian

15 Born Under Punches

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

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

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

16 No Compassion

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 Making Flippy Floppy

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

18 Artists Only

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

19 Heaven

Neat song. Very underrated.

20 (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

21 City of Dreams

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

22 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

23 Found a Job
24 Girlfriend is Better

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

25 Memories Can't Wait
26 Air
27 Houses in Motion

WAY too low

28 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.

29 Mind

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

30 The Lady Don't Mind

This should be up there with Once in a Lifetime.

31 The Big Country
32 Listening Wind
33 Dream Operator

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

34 Stay Up Late

This song is just so fun!

35 Sax and Violins

Underrated gem

36 Pulled Up
37 Cities

Love the base line!

Pretty sick.

38 Cool Water
39 Drugs
40 Lifetime Piling Up

surely #1?

41 Love for Sale
42 Walk It Down
43 Don't Worry About the Government
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List Stats

700 votes
43 listings
10 years, 296 days old

Top Remixes (7)

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

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