Tears for Fears discography

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Tears for Fears discography
Tears for Fears 2008.jpg
Roland Orzabal (left) and Curt Smith (right) performing in Hanover, 2008
Studio albums6
Live albums1
Compilation albums3
EPs1
Singles35

The English pop rock band Tears for Fears have released six studio albums, along with numerous singles, compilations and videos. Formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the duo signed to Phonogram Records in the UK and released their first single the same year. It was not until Tears for Fears' third single, "Mad World" (1982), that they scored their first hit, and their platinum-selling debut album The Hurting (1983) was a UK number one.

Their second album, Songs from the Big Chair, was released in 1985 and became a worldwide hit, establishing the band in the US. After a third platinum-selling studio album, The Seeds of Love (1989), Smith and Orzabal parted company. The band's first Greatest Hits album was released in 1992 and went double platinum in the UK. Subsequent Tears for Fears studio albums Elemental (1993) and Raoul and the Kings of Spain (1995) were effectively solo albums by Orzabal. However, the duo reformed in 2000 for a new studio album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, which was released in 2004/05. Although continuing to tour regularly across the world, the band's recording output slowed down for several years. A limited edition three-track vinyl EP of cover versions, entitled Ready Boy & Girls?, was released exclusively for Record Store Day in 2014, but was followed in 2017 by the band's first new original single in over a decade, "I Love You but I'm Lost". It was featured on a new Greatest Hits compilation album, Rule the World: The Greatest Hits, which gave the band their sixth UK Top 20 album.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[4]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
ITA
[7]
NL
[8]
NZ
[9]
SWI
[10]
SWE
[11]
US
[12]
1983 The Hurting
  • First studio album
  • Release date: 7 March 1983
  • Label: Phonogram/Mercury
1 15 7 15 30 16 73
  • UK: Platinum[13]
  • US: Gold
  • CAN: Platinum
  • FRA: Gold
1985 Songs from the Big Chair
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: 25 February 1985
  • Label: Phonogram/Mercury
2 5 22 1 12 1 6 1 2 5 25 1
  • UK: 3× Platinum[13]
  • US: 5× Platinum
  • CAN: 7× Platinum
  • FRA: Gold
  • GER: Gold
  • NZ: 2× Platinum[14]
1989 The Seeds of Love
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: 25 September 1989
  • Label: Fontana (Phonogram/Mercury)
1 18 13 5 3 5 5 7 4 8 5 8
  • UK: Platinum[13]
  • US: Platinum
  • AUS: Gold[15]
  • CAN: 2× Platinum
  • FRA: Platinum
  • GER: Gold
  • NZ: Gold[14]
  • SWI: Gold
1993 Elemental
  • Fourth studio album
  • Release date: 7 June 1993
  • Label: Phonogram/Mercury
5 56 18 5 26 10 31 24 26 45
  • UK: Silver[13]
  • US: Gold
  • CAN: Gold
  • FRA: Gold
1995 Raoul and the Kings of Spain
  • Fifth studio album
  • Release date: 16 October 1995
  • Label: Sony/Epic
41 62 5 88 23 70 42 79
2004 Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
  • Sixth studio album
  • Release dates: 14 September 2004 (US)
    7 March 2005 (UK/EUR)
  • Label: New Door (US) / Gut (UK)
45 28 35 68 86 48 46
"—" denotes unknown chart positions or releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details FRA
[5]
2006 Secret World – Live in Paris
  • First live album
  • Release date: 27 February 2006
  • Label: XIII Bis (France)
106

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[4]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
ITA
[7]
NL
[8]
NZ
[9]
SWI
[10]
SWE
[11]
US
[12]
1992 Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82–92)
  • First compilation album
  • Release date: 2 March 1992
  • Label: Polygram (Phonogram/Mercury)
2 34 19 2 7 1 22 9 14 41 53
  • UK: 2× Platinum[13]
  • US: Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
  • FRA: Gold
  • GER: Gold
  • NZ: Platinum[14]
  • SWI: Gold
1996 Saturnine Martial & Lunatic
  • B-sides and Rarities compilation
  • Release date: 3 June 1996
  • Label: Polygram (Phonogram/Mercury)
2017 Rule the World: The Greatest Hits
  • Greatest Hits compilation
  • Release date: 10 November 2017
  • Label: Virgin EMI
12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other compilations[edit]

(The following compilations tended to be regional releases, issued without the band's involvement and often on "budget price" labels)

  • 1986: Everybody Wants to Mix the World (Remixes compilation released only in Argentina)
  • 1991: Flip (B-sides compilation only released in Japan)
  • 1991: Collusion (First three albums plus Flip, a disc of B-sides, in heavy cardboard slipcase. Only released in Japan)
  • 2000: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tears for Fears
  • 2001: Classic Tears for Fears
  • 2001: The Collection
  • 2001: The Working Hour: An Introduction to Tears for Fears
  • 2001: Shout: The Very Best of Tears for Fears
  • 2003: Tears for Fears: The Ultimate Collection
  • 2003: Collection (UK/BPI certification: Silver)
  • 2006: Sowing the Seeds of Love: The Best of Tears for Fears
  • 2006: Gold
  • 2007: Famous Last Words: The Collection
  • 2010: Mad World: The Collection
  • 2013: Everybody Wants to Rule the World: The Collection

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[1][16][17]
AUS
[2]
BEL
(Fla)

[18]
CAN
[19]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
IRE
[20]
ITA
[21]
NL
[8]
NZ
[9]
US
[22]
1981 "Suffer the Children" The Hurting
1982 "Pale Shelter (You Don't Give Me Love)"[a] 15
"Mad World" 3 12 73 21 6 25
1983 "Change" 4 29 30 23 8 27 32 36 73
"Pale Shelter" (1983 version)[a] 5 N/R 25 5
"The Way You Are" 24 non-album single
1984 "Mothers Talk" 14 23 50 Songs from the Big Chair
"Shout" 4 1 1 1 21 1 5 2 1 1 1[b]
  • UK: Silver[13]
  • US: Gold
  • US: Gold (digital)
  • CAN: Platinum
  • NZ: Gold[14]
1985 "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" 2 2 3 1 18 11 2 11 2 1 1[b]
"Head over Heels" 12 21 18 8 55 5 29 12 3
"Suffer the Children" (reissue) 52 The Hurting
"Pale Shelter (You Don't Give Me Love)" (reissue) 73
"I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)" 23 10 28 Songs from the Big Chair
1986 "Everybody Wants to Run the World" 5 4 non-album single
"Mothers Talk" (US Remix) 87 27 Songs from the Big Chair
1989 "Sowing the Seeds of Love" 5 13 11 1 18 11 4 2 3 4 2 The Seeds of Love
"Woman in Chains" (with Oleta Adams) 26 39 32 11 20 45 21 23 16 34 36
1990 "Advice for the Young at Heart" 36 116 34 25 31 51 15 49 22 89
"Famous Last Words" 83
1991 "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams"[c] 70 non-album single
1992 "Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)" 17 49 28 15 40 8 27 [d] Greatest Hits 82–92
"Woman in Chains" (re-release)[e] 57
1993 "Break It Down Again" 20 82 49 4 19 66 7 27 25 Elemental
"Cold" 72
"Goodnight Song" 44 125
1994 "Elemental"
1995 "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" 31 39 80 Raoul and the Kings of Spain
"God's Mistake" 61 48 102
1996 "Secrets"
"Falling Down"
2004 "Call Me Mellow" 45 [f] Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
2005 "Closest Thing to Heaven" 40[g] 70
"Everybody Loves a Happy Ending/
Call Me Mellow
"
102
2006 "Secret World"[h]
2014 "Ready Boy & Girls?" (ltd. edition vinyl EP)[i] non-album single
2017 "I Love You but I'm Lost" Rule the World: The Greatest Hits
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The 1982 Mike Howlett-produced version of "Pale Shelter (You Don't Give Me Love)" was eventually issued as a single in Canada in 1983, and peaked at #15. In other territories, the hit single was the "1983 version" of "Pale Shelter". This 1983 version was a wholly new recording produced by Chris Hughes & Ross Cullum, and it did not include the parenthetical subtitle.
  2. ^ a b In the U.S., "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" was the first single release from Songs from the Big Chair followed by "Shout".
  3. ^ Though not formally credited to Tears for Fears, "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" was originally the B-side to "Advice for the Young at Heart". It was then remixed by Fluke and released as a single by TFF's record company in the UK and simply credited to Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams. The single reached #1 on the UK Dance Chart.
  4. ^ "Laid So Low" reached #10 on US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
  5. ^ This 1992 re-release credits the artist as Tears for Fears featuring Oleta Adams.
  6. ^ "Call Me Mellow" reached #28 on US Billboard Adult Top 40 chart.
  7. ^ "Closest Thing to Heaven" reached #8 on the UK Independent Singles Chart.
  8. ^ "Secret World" was released as a promo single in France only.
  9. ^ "Ready Boy and Girls?" was released as a limited edition three-track 10" vinyl single for Record Store Day. It features three cover versions which the band recorded as they worked on their seventh studio album, including; Arcade Fire's "Ready to Start", Hot Chip's "Boy From School" and Animal Collective's "My Girls".

Videos/DVDs[edit]

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and directors (if known)
Year Title Director
1982 "Mad World" Clive Richardson
1983 "Change"
"Pale Shelter" Steve Barron
"The Way You Are" unknown
1984 "Mothers Talk" (version 1) Laurie Lewis
"Mothers Talk" (version 2) Nigel Dick
"Shout"
1985 "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
"Head Over Heels"
"I Believe"
1986 "Mothers Talk" (US remix)
1989 "Sowing the Seeds of Love" Jim Blashfield
"Woman in Chains" Andy Morahan
1990 "Advice for the Young at Heart"
"Famous Last Words" Nigel Dick
1992 "Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)" Commanding Images
1993 "Break It Down Again" Dani Jacobs
"Cold" unknown
"Goodnight Song" Dani Jacobs
1994 "Elemental" Samuel Bayer
1995 "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" Cameron Casey
"God's Mistake"
1996 "Secrets" (version 1)
"Secrets" (version 2) Roland Orzabal
"Falling Down"
2005 "Closest Thing to Heaven" Michael Palmieri
2017 "I Love You But I'm Lost" unknown

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Official Charts > Tears for Fears". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  2. ^ a b Australian chart peaks:
  3. ^ a b "austriancharts.at > Tears for Fears in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  4. ^ a b "Tears for Fears in Canadian Charts". RPM Magazine. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  5. ^ a b c d "lescharts.com > Tears for Fears dans les Charts Français" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  6. ^ a b c "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Suchen nach "Tears for Fears"" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2019-05-28. N.B. Select 'Album' tab to display album chart peaks.
  7. ^ a b "Tears for Fears: Italian Charts (albums)". hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  8. ^ a b c "dutchcharts.nl > Tears for Fears in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  9. ^ a b c "charts.nz > Tears for Fears in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  10. ^ a b "Tears for Fears in Swiss Charts" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  11. ^ a b "swedishcharts.com > Tears for Fears in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  12. ^ a b "Tears for Fears Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-05-28.}
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "BRIT Certified - bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Tears for Fears" and select "Search by Keyword"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  14. ^ a b c d e Scapolo, Dean (2007). The Complete New Zealand Music Charts: 1966–2006. Wellington: Dean Scapolo and Maurienne House. ISBN 978-1877443-00-8.
  15. ^ The ARIA Report. 12. ARIA. 1 April 1990. p. 6.
  16. ^ "Official Charts > Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  17. ^ UK peak for "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending/Call Me Mellow": "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 > DJ T – Tzant". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH) Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  18. ^ "Ultratop > Tears for Fears in Ultratop Vlaanderen" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  19. ^ "Tears for Fears in Canadian Charts". RPM Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2011-01-16.
  20. ^ "Tears for Fears: Irish Singles". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  21. ^ "Tears for Fears: Italian Charts (singles)". hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2009-12-25.
  22. ^ "Tears for Fears Chart History > Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-05-28.

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