Top Twenty Tracks - Tears for Fears

TFF circa 1983, image from 'The Quietus'
TFF circa 1985, being fwends, image from an unknown old teen mag.
TFF circa 1989, image courtesy of Michael Putland/Getty Images
TFF circa 1991, now without Curt Smith, image from 'Elemental' album artwork
TFF circa 1995, still without Curt Smith
TFF circa 1982, image courtesy of 'The Quietus'
TFF circa 1985, image courtesy of 'AV Club'
  • Honourable mentions: "Advice for the Young at Heart" (it's nice enough but so overly light you'd think it was hold music for a funeral parlour); "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (a global number one that has nearly 5x as many plays on Spotify than any other of their songs, but I'm simply too tired of it to rank it objectively); "Suffer the Children" (while it's a decent track, it's worth listening to, especially in its original 1981 version, mostly to give an idea of how the band sounded in their infancy; "The Big Chair"(like some of their best b-sides, it's strange and compelling, but this one is just a little too unpleasant on the ears to make the top twenty list); "Secret World" (an absolutely gorgeous and classically epic TFF track that appeared on the 2004 comeback album Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, which saw Roland and Curt reunite. I probably would have included it on the main list but for some reason it's not available currently on Spotify). Listen if you can find it.
  • Avoid like the plague: "My Life in the Suicide Ranks" (it's all just wailing and whining); "God's Mistake" (this was the first single from Raoul and the Kings of Spain released in North America, and it's pure garbage).



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Liam Campbell

Liam Campbell


Editor + Chief Photographer of Elska Magazine, a gay photography + culture mag, sharing local boys and local stories from around the world.