Tears for Fears

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Tears for Fears are an English new wave band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock and pop, which led to international chart success. They were part of the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US.

Their platinum-selling debut album, The Hurting, reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, while their second album, Songs from the Big Chair, reached number one on the US Billboard 200, achieving multi-platinum status in both the UK and the US. Their second album contained two Billboard Hot 100 number ones: "Shout" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"', the latter winning the Brit Award for Best British Single in 1986.

Following the release of their third platinum-selling album, The Seeds of Love (1989), Smith and Orzabal parted company in 1991, though Orzabal retained the Tears for Fears name throughout the remainder of the 1990s. The duo re-formed in 2000, and released an album of new material, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, in 2004. As of 2013, the duo are working on their seventh album. To date, Tears for Fears have sold over 30 million albums worldwide, including more than 8 million in the US.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1983 The Hurting 5 10
1985 Songs From the Big Chair 5 15
1989 The Seeds of Love 4 4
1993 Elemental 3 3
1995 Raoul and the Kings of Spain 5 3
2004 Everybody Loves a Happy Ending 5 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1992 Tears Roll Down: Greatest Hits 82-92 Compilation 3 10
1996 Saturnine Martial & Lunatic Compilation 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tears for Fears Compilation 1
2001 Gold Compilation 1
2001 Shout Compilation 1
2001 Shout: The Very Best of Tears for Fears Compilation 1
2003 The Collection Compilation 1
2003 The Ultimate Collection Compilation 1
2005 The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Tears for Fears Compilation 1
2005 Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums Compilation 1
2006 Tears for Fears Gold Compilation 2
2006 The Collection Compilation 1
2006 Sowing the Seeds of Love: The Best of Tears for Fears Compilation 1
2007 Famous Last Words: The Collection Compilation 1
The Working Hour: An Introduction to Tears for Fears Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2006 Secret World Live 1
2009 Live From Santa Barbara Live 1
Cape Fear Live 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Rating Releases
2002 The Best of Remixes Remix 2

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1982 Mad World 2
1983 Change 1
1983 The Way You Are 1
1984 Mother's Talk 1
1984 Shout 3
1985 Everybody Wants to Rule the World 2
1985 Head Over Heels 2
1985 I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording) 1
1989 Everybody Wants to Rule the World / Shout 1
1989 Sowing the Seeds of Love 3.5 2
1989 Woman in Chains 4 4
1990 Advice for the Young at Heart 3 1
1991 Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams 1
1992 Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down) 2
1993 Break It Down Again 3
1993 Cold 1
1995 Raoul and the Kings of Spain 3
1995 God's Mistake 3
2005 Closest Thing to Heaven 2
2005 Everybody Loves a Happy Ending / Call Me Mellow 2
2014 Ready Boy & Girls? 1

Other

Year Title Rating Releases
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (CD Video) 1

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