Best Talking Heads Songs

The Top Ten
1 Once in a Lifetime Once in a Lifetime Cover Art

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! "

Yesterday I was walking/inspecting a wide field of steel reinforcment away from the 68 year old project superintendant waiting to hear my verdict. I (also 68) cracked up when I realized he was over there recitig (not sining) the lyrics to great song!

Life is good.

What can you say about such a cool song? It's an absolute jam and it's so inventive, classic talking heads.

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

2 Psycho Killer Psycho Killer Cover Art

I used to like Once in a Lifetime better, but now I personally can enjoy this song more for hours.

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

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

One of the best classic songs that exist.

3 Burning Down the House Burning Down the House Cover Art

Best song to scream out loud to! Both the recorded version and stop making sense live version are amazing in their own way.

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

4 This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) Cover Art

This is my favorite song of all time. It's a rare to see David Byrne put so much emotion into this song and here it creates something beautiful. It's simple and sweet and makes me happy.

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

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

This TH song one of my absolute favorites! A go to when I need to step out of my own head.

5 Wild Wild Life Wild Wild Life Cover Art

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

My personal favorite Talking Heads song!

My favorite song

6 Life During Wartime Life During Wartime Cover Art

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!

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.

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.

7 And She Was And She Was Cover Art

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

8 The Great Curve The Great Curve Cover Art

"The world has a way of looking at people, sometimes it feels like the world is wrong." Some of the lyrics in this are just so powerful, and with those instrumentals this makes one crazy good song.

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"

9 Born Under Punches Born Under Punches Cover Art

Definitely their most unsettling song, and I love it.

Who could do this except David Byrne?...Brilliant!

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

Their live performance in Italy is nothing short of breathtaking,

10 Thank You for Sending Me An Angel Thank You for Sending Me An Angel Cover Art

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

The Contenders
11 Take Me to the River Take Me to the River Cover Art

This should be higher up.

The best song..

12 Road to Nowhere Road to Nowhere Cover Art

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

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

The most contagious of all TH songs. It could be listened over and over again.

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

13 Crosseyed and Painless Crosseyed and Painless Cover Art

Listen to the Stop making sense version, its such a jam and so much fun to listen to.

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

14 Houses in Motion Houses in Motion Cover Art
15 Stay Up Late Stay Up Late Cover Art

This song is just so fun!

16 Cities Cities Cover Art

Love the base line!

17 No Compassion No Compassion Cover Art

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

18 Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town Cover Art
19 I Zimbra I Zimbra Cover Art
20 Artists Only Artists Only Cover Art

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

21 (Nothing But) Flowers (Nothing But) Flowers Cover Art

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

22 Making Flippy Floppy Making Flippy Floppy Cover Art

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

23 Walk It Down Walk It Down Cover Art
24 Girlfriend is Better Girlfriend is Better Cover Art

"I got a girlfriend with bows in her hair, nothing is better than that. Is it?" Listen to the Stop making sense version, it's so much fun. Top 5 of their songs easy.

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

This definitely deserves to be higher.

25 The Big Country The Big Country Cover Art

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

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