Tears for Fears

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Tears for Fears, named after a phrase found in Arthur Janov's book Prisoners of Pain, is a British pop/rock outfit formed in 1981 in Bath, England. Founder members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith had been friends since their early teens and had already been in the shortlived ska band Graduate. Initially associated with the new wave and synthesiser bands of the early 1980s, Tears For Fears' earlier work, as evidenced on their 1983 debut album The Hurting , was explicitly based around the emotional angst of adolescence. The album reached number one in the UK and contained three UK Top 5 singles. Orzabal and Smith made their major international breakthrough with their second album, Songs from the Big Chair (1985), which sold over 10 million copies worldwide and topped the US album charts for five weeks (it peaked at #2 in the UK and spent six months in the Top 10). Five singles from the album reached the UK Top 30, with Shout reaching #4, and their highest charting hit, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, reaching #2. Both singles reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.


Top Songs

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    Welcome to your life
    There's no turning back
    Even while we sleep
    We will find you
    Acting on your best behaviour
    Everybody Wants to Rule the World  -  3,387,486 plays
    Let it all out
    These are the things I can do without
    Come on
    Shout  -  2,269,288 plays
    All around me are familiar faces
    Worn out places
    Worn out faces
    Bright and early for their daily races
    Going nowhere
    Mad World  -  2,191,639 plays
    I wanted to be with you alone
    And talk about the weather
    But traditions I can trace against the child in your face
    Won't escape my attention
    You keep your distance with a system of touch
    Head Over Heels  -  1,895,114 plays
    High time we made a stand and shook up the views of the common man
    And the lovetrain rides from coast to coast
    D.J.'s the man we love the most
    Could you be, could you be squeaky clean
    And smash any hope of democracry?
    Sowing The Seeds Of Love  -  1,009,588 plays
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