Best Tears for Fears Songs

The Top Ten

Everybody Wants to Rule the World Everybody Wants to Rule the World Cover Art

Even though Saints Row 2 had this song, Grand Theft Auto V on the other hand scrapped this song and rejected it from the Re-Release of the game.

Grew up with this song love a lot of other songs by them, like change and mad world, but this song captures what the band represented and is just their best song. It's also one of the best songs ever.

My number one song is really awsomehow they put the rythim into it and makes it motivated to everything. I really love them both I feel like their number 1 FAN! It should be number one song

One of my favourite songs by anyone ever and proof there is genius in Roland's dna. Brings back so many memories and still sounds freah

Change Change Cover Art

That guitar - xylophone combo is badass. Their best melody, pwoerful hook and therefor my favourite TfF song.

Judging on the music video and the timbre of the instrument, it's less a xylophone and more of a vibraphone. A xylophone may have a more metallic sound.

Sucha good melody to listen when someonw fake comes just say "you can change"like litterly

That xylophone thing is incredible! Love this song. CHANGE

Head Over Heels Head Over Heels Cover Art

This is probably my favorite TFF song, even though I could never truly pick one. There's something about the amazing combo of the main riff, the bass the vocals and the la la la's. This is a complex, truly outstanding songs.

Love this song so much and the music video is hilarious. Definitely one of my favourite music videos of all time.

Will always be remembered. Though they are way before my time. A band you will NEVER forget.

This song was first then is second not better than everybody wants to rule the world

Shout Shout Cover Art

This is an amazing song! The build up towards the end is something that no other band can replicate!
The lyrics are so meaningful, too... I am so surprised that this is only no.5...

Certainly one of the best, and most iconic, songs of the 1980's.
Always gets me singing along, and the other half now I have her into it!

Love the drumming in this song. Maybe not as good as Everybody Wants to Rule the World, but more unique. Love 'em both.

People are getting fed up with the governments. They're upset and there's nothing they can do about it.

Mad World Mad World Cover Art

This is way better than any cover I've heard so far. "The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had". Chilling!

Gary's is the worst I love this even though it's like 30 years before I was alive

Jesus, I love the song, but do you have to put down Gary to bring this up?

Yea Gary's suck and this one is the best

Pale Shelter Pale Shelter Cover Art

Awesome song. The whole idea of "you don't give me love/you give me pale shelter" is a cool metaphor. The vocals in this song are great too.

A song featured on 2 Rockstar Games and also one of my personal favorites. Why isn't this higher up on the list?

Just LOVE this song and most all of their works. LOVE this band. This songs makes me feel so good when I hear it.

When you don't give me love, (you give me pale ahelter), you don't give me love (you give me cold hand) and I cannot operate on this failure wgen all I want to be is complety in commaaand!

Sowing the Seeds of Love Sowing the Seeds of Love Cover Art

This is my personal favorite song from TFF, however, it is probably not the best song they ever made. Sowing the Seeds of Love has a strong melody and is very good from a composing standpoint. The song also benefits from Orzabal's strong, gritty, and round vocals on this particular track. Everybody wants to rule the world is runner up, due to its very good instrumentation and composition, but falls short from Curt's nasally round and honestly sub-par vocals (although his voice improved much as time went on, especially in the seeds of love album). Mad World falls a bit short for me in instrumentation and vocals, but is a lyrical masterpiece, this also goes for Pale Shelter. Overall, I would say that the best TFF song is Head Over Heels with its surprisingly good vocals from Curt and good instrumentation, however this is not my personal favorite song from them.

So catchy! And it's similar to Stairway or BoRhap in the way it has different sections of the song where it changes. Really good song right here.

Takes me back to the 'good old days' of Thatcherite Britain & the sad demise of The Jam

Great song, should be higher

The Working Hour The Working Hour Cover Art

Simply the finest hour for a band with some amazing songs. The music and vocals are sublime, creating a song with true atmosphere. The Working Hour is a masterpiece, deserving of a quiet room and high fidelity. While not a pop sensation, or stadium anthem, in my opinion, this song is truly their best work.

THIS IS their best song and they've even admitted the fans love this song the most but don't perform it live anymore. WHY! Working Hour is their best song if not their second best song after Everyone Wants to Rule the World.

Great sax. Great vocals. Great emotion.

Great architecture. Great atmosphere.

Suffer the Children Suffer the Children Cover Art
Advice for the Young at Heart Advice for the Young at Heart Cover Art

Beautifully composed song, curt outdoes himself with the vocals and the piano is amazing

Every second of this one is pure bliss. Possibly one of the greatest songs ever written.

Yeah - possibly one of the greatest songs ever written..

That intro and outro though! The best parts of the song.

The Contenders

Woman in Chains Woman in Chains Cover Art

This song is a masterpiece. It's just so well-crafted, how everything builds to the end, and the lyrics are truly poignant. Musical genius.

Such a deeply touching, passionate masterpiece... Roland and Oleta make such a great power duo. This deserves to be in the top 5 power ballads of all time.

Shares a message and just brings you into the zone of sadness, the zone you didn't know existed.

This is the #1 song ever, not just by Tears for fears. Just the best song ever.

Mothers Talk Mothers Talk Cover Art

We can WORK IT OUT! I always loved that part. This song is sadly underrated. I love it. The beat is just...wow.

Put your head right next to my heart the beat so sexy just like the other comment

By far my favorite, so many moving parts that make the song amazing

Out of all of their songs, this one has the sickest beat.

The Way You Are The Way You Are Cover Art

Way You Are is so epic, amazing, and dramatic. As I listen to it, I can feel as if I’m trapped as a slave inside a rural British assembly line, and can really visualise machinery and lonely green outdoors with grey rainy skies, reminiscent of my youth depression. But it tells me “Talk about it! ” and I see the peacock on the Single album (contains the songs The Marauders and Way You Are). The extended version of this song is even better!

This song doesn't compare to Woman In Chains. Sorry. This song should not be in Top 10

Famous Last Words Famous Last Words Cover Art

Absolutely incredibly song. The way the ballad slowly builds and adds instruments before crashing into a massive rock segment is simply chilling, and the lyrics about overcoming insurmountable odds are really touching. Amazing end to a fantastic and somewhat underrated album.

Song represents the times about nuclear war. Chilling and romantic at the same time.

One of the few songs that actually made me cry.

"And we will carry war/No more. "

Watch Me Bleed Watch Me Bleed Cover Art

This is a bit over-the-top, and could be described as "emo" before there was "emo. " I find it entertaining.

Badman's Song Badman's Song Cover Art

Love the way Roland and Oleta's vocals wrap around each other in this one!

I absolutely love this song

Nice shift from typical TFF style. I love the "mirrorman" concept.

Break It Down Again Break It Down Again Cover Art

A pretty good song considering it was pretty much without Curt!

This song has a los of elements that majes a unike peace, come on!, it deserves a top five

This is my best song from tears for fears.. you have to watch the video and then hear the song.. if your head is hurt, have nausea or migraine or headache.. you should definitely watch this :-). smashing hit and my favourite.

The Hurting The Hurting Cover Art

Best song on the album! Surprised it was never released as a single!

Year of the Knife Year of the Knife Cover Art

By all means my favorite. The live feel it's given on the album and the live versions are amazing. You just don't want it to end.

I have no idea what this song is about, but it is so expressive and so passionate.

Goodnight Song Goodnight Song Cover Art

Guitar leads and amazing melody make this one my number one.

Standing on the Corner of the Third World Standing on the Corner of the Third World Cover Art
I Believe I Believe Cover Art

The perfect song to get cosy with on a snowy winter night as you sleep.

Amazing vocal on this one by Orzabal though it sounds like Curt Smith.

Killer tuneage.

Elemental Elemental Cover Art

Haunting, ear worm that you that you don't mind getting stuck in your head.

How is this #23 this song is perfect roland nailed probably in my top 10

Nice piece of song. Much more an Orzabal's solo effort but still worth.

Elemental is just okay. Not terrible but not super great, but it’s got a swingy rock type vibe.

Memories Fade Memories Fade Cover Art

I have the LP. Just played this for first time in years. This track could stand up today, it is beautiful in its majesty

The vocal part of Roland sound so intense to me.. It should be top 5!

I love this song! Should be in the top ten

Should be in top 10

Laid So Low

Laid So Low is a beautiful dark song with great groovy suspense and dramatic chill. “Into that void of silence, where we cry without sound... as tears roll down, as TEARS ROLL DOWN! ”

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