Tears for Fears are an English pop rock band formed in Bath in 1981 by Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, Tears for Fears were associated with the synth-pop bands of the 1980s, and attained international chart success as part of the Second British Invasion.

The band's debut album, The Hurting (1983), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, and their first three hit singles – "Mad World", "Change", and "Pale Shelter" – all reached the top five in the UK Singles Chart. Their second album, Songs from the Big Chair (1985), reached number one on the US Billboard 200, achieving multi-platinum status in both the US and the UK. The album contained two US Billboard Hot 100 number one hits: "Shout" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", both of which also reached the top five in the UK with the latter winning the Brit Award for Best British Single in 1986. Their belated follow-up, The Seeds of Love (1989), entered the UK chart at number one and yielded the transatlantic top 5 hit "Sowing the Seeds of Love".

After touring The Seeds of Love in 1990, Orzabal and Smith had an acrimonious split. Orzabal retained the Tears for Fears name as a solo project, releasing the albums Elemental (1993) – which produced the international hit "Break It Down Again" – and Raoul and the Kings of Spain (1995). Orzabal and Smith reconciled in 2000 and released an album of new material, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, in 2004. The duo have toured on a semi-regular basis since then. After being in development for almost a decade, the band's seventh album, The Tipping Point, was released in 2022, giving the band their sixth UK Top 5 album and their highest chart peak in 30 years, and reaching the Top 10 in numerous other countries, including the US.

In 2021, Orzabal and Smith were honoured with the Ivor Novello Award for 'Outstanding Song Collection' recognising their "era-defining Tears for Fears albums" and "critically acclaimed, innovative hit singles".

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1983The HurtingTears for Fears4.2519
1985Songs From the Big ChairTears for Fears4.539
1989The Seeds of LoveTears for Fears415
1993ElementalTears for Fears3.59
1995Raoul and the Kings of SpainTears for Fears4.26
2004Everybody Loves a Happy EndingTears for Fears4.257
2022The Tipping PointTears for Fears211

Album + Compilation

1991FlipTears for Fears1
1992Tears Roll Down: Greatest Hits 82–92Tears for Fears4.6518
1992Tears Roll DownTears for Fears1
1996Saturnine Martial & LunaticTears for Fears34
200020th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tears for FearsTears for Fears2
2000ClassicTears for Fears3
2001Shout: The Very Best of Tears for FearsTears for Fears3
2001GoldTears for Fears1
2001ShoutTears for Fears1
2001The Working Hour: An Introduction to Tears for FearsTears for Fears1
2003The CollectionTears for Fears32
2003The Ultimate CollectionTears for Fears1
2005Chronicles: 3 Classic AlbumsTears for Fears1
2006GoldTears for Fears2
2006The CollectionTears for Fears1
2006Sowing the Seeds of Love: The Best of Tears for FearsTears for Fears1
2007Famous Last Words: The CollectionTears for Fears1
2010Mad World: The CollectionTears for Fears1
2013Everybody Wants to Rule the World: The CollectionTears for Fears1
2014IconTears for Fears2
2017Rule the World: The Greatest HitsTears for Fears6

Album + Compilation + Remix

2002The Best of RemixesTears for Fears31

Album + Live

1985Songs From the Big Chair / Metal HeartTears for Fears / Accept1
1986In My Mind’s Eye: Live at Hammersmith OdeonTears for Fears1
1992Cape FearTears for Fears2
2006Secret WorldTears for Fears31
2009Live From Santa BarbaraTears for Fears1
2018Tears for Fears liveTears for Fears1
2021Live at Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada 1985Tears for Fears1
1983-04-18: Live in London, EnglandTears for Fears1
1985-04-24: Rotterdam, HollandTears for Fears1


1981Suffer the ChildrenTears for Fears1
1982Pale Shelter (You Don’t Give Me Love)Tears for Fears2
1982Mad WorldTears for Fears3
1983ChangeTears for Fears2
1983Pale ShelterTears for Fears1
1983The Way You AreTears for Fears2
1984ShoutTears for Fears4.58
1984Mothers TalkTears for Fears2
1985Everybody Wants to Rule the WorldTears for Fears55
1985Head Over HeelsTears for Fears4
1985I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)Tears for Fears6
1986Everybody Wants to Run the WorldTears for Fears1
1989Everybody Wants to Rule the World / ShoutTears for Fears1
1989Sowing the Seeds of LoveTears for Fears3.57
1989Woman in ChainsTears for Fears3.56
1990Advice for the Young at HeartTears for Fears32
1990Famous Last WordsTears for Fears1
1991Johnny Panic and the Bible of DreamsTears for Fears2
1992Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)Tears for Fears33
1993Break It Down AgainTears for Fears35
1993ColdTears for Fears1
1994ElementalTears for Fears32
1995Raoul and the Kings of SpainTears for Fears5
1995God’s MistakeTears for Fears3
1995SecretsTears for Fears2
2003Closest Thing to HeavenTears for Fears3
2005Everybody Loves a Happy Ending / Call Me MellowTears for Fears2
2017I Love You But I’m LostTears for Fears1
2021The Tipping PointTears for Fears1
2022Break the ManTears for Fears2
2023Rule the World (Everybody)Tiësto, Tears for Fears, NIIKO X SWAE & GUDFELLA3

Single + Remix

2004Shout / Change / Mad World (2004 Remixes)Tears for Fears1
2017Head Over Heels (Talamanca System Tribal Persuasion remix)Tears for Fears1
2018Head Over Heels (Remixes)Tears for Fears1
2022Everybody Wants to Rule the World (sped up version)Tears for Fears1
2023Pale Shelter (Blinky Blinky Computerband remix)Tears for Fears1


2014Ready Boy & Girls?Tears for Fears1


Shout / Everybody Wants To Rule The WorldTears for Fears1

Broadcast + Live

20172017-10-26: Radio 2 in Concert at BBC Radio TheatreTears for Fears1

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