Best Tears for Fears Songs

The Top Ten

1 Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Such an amazing song, and it feels so nostalgic, even though it was made 30 years before I was born

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. - GehennaTheSecond

oh come on how is this not on the list??? classic song!!! - PUNKpunker13

This song should be number 1 by miles as this is their best song really good song love the guitar in the song - mneilan

2 Change

That xylophone thing is incredible! Love this song. CHANGE

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

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

3 Head Over Heels

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.

The Tears for Fears song that will still be played on the radio in 30 years

Good but still not better then everybody wants to rule the world

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

I am always in the mood for this song

4 Shout

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

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...

No other band could do something like this, and it is a song I can play over and over

Great punk anthem. In-your-face. "I'm talking to you, come on. "

5 Mad World

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!

Yea Gary's suck and this one is the best

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

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

6 Pale Shelter

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.

Their best song and my favourite although they're all fabulous

The only Tears For Fears song that was in a Grand Theft Auto game. - Gehenna

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

7 Sowing the Seeds of Love

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.

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.

Tears For Fears goes Sgt. Pepper

This song is excellent!

8 Suffer the Children
9 The Working Hour

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.

10 Advice for the Young at Heart

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

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

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

Another song with a great ending.

The Contenders

11 Woman in Chains

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

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.

Gorgeous song with great lyrics. "So free her! So free her! "

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

12 Mothers Talk

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

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.

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

13 The Way You Are

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

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! - MuricanAR15

14 Famous Last Words

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. "

15 Watch Me Bleed

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

16 Badman's Song

I absolutely love this song

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

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

17 Break It Down Again

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

Amazing Song!

Awesome

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

18 The Hurting

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

Great song

19 Year of the Knife

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.

20 Goodnight Song

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

21 I Believe

The perfect song to get cosy with on a snowy winter night as you sleep. - MuricanAR15

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

Killer tuneage.

22 Elemental

Elemental is just okay. Not terrible but not super great, but it’s got a swingy rock type vibe. - MuricanAR15

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

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

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

23 Standing on the Corner of the Third World
24 Memories Fade

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

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

25 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! ” - MuricanAR15

26 Listen

A beautiful closer to Songs From The Big Chair, even if it doesn't stand alone as its own song that well. - ThatDudeRoss

27 Raoul and the Kings of Spain

This song is a real Tears for Fears sleeper. I love to listen to it.
Should be at least # 10

28 Broken

Much better than overrated trashy Head Over Heels, and much darker! - MuricanAR15

All around phenomenal song

29 Secret World

Epic masterpiece on their lastest album. Some Beatles vibes, great lyrics and beautiful orchestral.

30 Cold
31 Power
32 I Love You but I'm Lost

I don't even know what to say to this. But I will say that the sample is incorrect. - GehennaTheSecond

NOPE. This song is 2010’s romance trash! “Way You Are” is a WAY BETTER Tears For Fears song! - MuricanAR15

33 New Star
34 Closest Thing to Heaven
35 Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
36 Start of the Breakdown

This should be in the top five unless you are definitely.

37 Bloodletting Go

Heartfelt song about coping with pain and loss

38 Call Me Mellow
39 Ideas as Opiates
40 The Madness of Roland

A very underrated and forgotten “RATKOS” masterpiece, listen and you’ll understand.

41 Sketches of Pain
42 Until I Drown
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