Best Tears for Fears Songs


The Top Ten

1 Everybody Wants to Rule the World

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

According to ITunes I've listened to this song 1552 times

What can I say? It's perfect.

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2 Head Over Heels

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

Another classic, very brilliantly executed in the lovely way possible, sadly it was scrapped from Grand Theft Auto IV's Vice City FM :( - Gehenna

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3 Shout

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...

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

Not as good as everybody wants to rule the world

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

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4 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

5 Mad World

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

So beautiful and hypnotic...what's not to love?

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6 Pale Shelter

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

This is literally one of the best songs I've ever heard! Truly unique and very 80's. It's great! IT WAS ON Grand Theft Auto: VICE CITY TOO

Very underrated genius

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

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7 Sowing the Seeds of Love

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!

Great song, should be higher - eilam

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8 The Working Hour

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.

best song

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9 Suffer the Children
10 Woman in Chains

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.

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

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The Contenders

11 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.

Another song with a great ending.

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

12 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. "

13 Mothers Talk

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

One of there best.


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14 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.

15 Break It Down Again

Amazing Song!


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. - chandanbs

16 The Hurting

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

17 Watch Me Bleed

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

18 The Way You Are

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

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

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

Killer tuneage.

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

I love this song! Should be in the top ten

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

Should be in top 10

What a phenominal song all around

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24 Elemental

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.

25 Laid So Low
26 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

27 Listen
28 Broken

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 Closest Thing to Heaven
33 Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
34 Start of the Breakdown

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

35 Bloodletting Go

Heartfelt song about coping with pain and loss

36 Call Me Mellow
37 Ideas as Opiates
38 I Love You but I'm Lost
39 The Madness of Roland

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

40 Sketches of Pain
41 New Star
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1. Head Over Heels
2. Everybody Wants to Rule the World
3. Shout
1. Everybody Wants to Rule the World
2. Head Over Heels
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