Tears for Fears discography

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Tears for Fears discography

Roland Orzabal (left) and Curt Smith (right) performing in Hanover, 2008
Releases
Studio albums6
Live albums1
Compilation albums2
Singles30
 
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Tears for Fears discography

Roland Orzabal (left) and Curt Smith (right) performing in Hanover, 2008
Releases
Studio albums6
Live albums1
Compilation albums2
Singles30

The discography of Tears for Fears, a British rock band, consists of six studio albums, one live album, and numerous singles and videos, many of which were commercially successful. 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 wasn't 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 album, The Seeds of Love in 1989, Smith and Orzabal parted company and subsequent Tears for Fears 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.

Contents

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales Certifications
UK
[1]
US
[2]
FRA
[3]
GER
[4]
NL
[5]
SWI
[6]
AUT
[7]
SWE
[8]
NZ
[9]
ITA
[10]
1983The Hurting
  • First studio album
  • Release date: 7 March 1983
  • Label: Phonogram/Mercury
17316153016
  • UK: Platinum
  • US: Gold
  • CAN: Platinum
  • FRA: Gold
1985Songs from the Big Chair
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: 25 February 1985
  • Label: Phonogram/Mercury
2112115222526
  • UK: 3× Platinum
  • US: 5× Platinum
  • CAN: 7× Platinum
  • FRA: Platinum
  • GER: Gold
1989The Seeds of Love
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: 25 September 1989
  • Label: Fontana (Phonogram/Mercury)
18357813545
  • UK: Platinum
  • US: Platinum
  • CAN: 2× Platinum
  • FRA: Platinum
  • GER: Gold
  • SWI: Gold
1993Elemental
  • Fourth studio album
  • Release date: 7 June 1993
  • Label: Phonogram/Mercury
54552631242610
  • UK: Silver
  • US: Gold
  • CAN: Gold
  • FRA: Gold
1995Raoul and the Kings of Spain
  • Fifth studio album
  • Release date: 16 October 1995
  • Label: Sony/Epic
4179588704223
2004Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
  • Sixth studio album
  • Release dates: 14 September 2004 (US)
    7 March 2005 (UK/EUR)
  • Label: New Door (US) / Gut (UK)
45462835864868
"—" denotes unknown chart positions or releases that did not chart

Live albums

YearAlbum detailsFRA
[3]
2006Secret World - Live in Paris
  • First live album
  • Release date: 27 February 2006
  • Label: XIII Bis (France)
106

Compilation albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
UK
[1]
US
[2]
FRA
[3]
GER
[4]
NL
[5]
SWI
[6]
AUT
[7]
SWE
[8]
NZ
[9]
ITA
[10]
1992Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82–92)
  • First compilation album
  • Release date: 17 March 1992
  • Label: Polygram (Phonogram/Mercury)
253272214344192
  • UK: 2× Platinum
  • US: Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
  • FRA: Gold
  • GER: Gold
  • SWI: Gold
1996Saturnine Martial & Lunatic
  • B-sides and Rarities compilation
  • Release date: 1 August 1996
  • Label: Phonogram/Mercury
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other compilations

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

Videos/DVDs

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
[1]
US
[11]
AUS
[12]
FRA
[3]
GER
[13]
IRE
[14]
ITA
[15]
NL
[5]
NZ
[9]
CAN
[16]
1981"Suffer the Children"The Hurting
1982"Pale Shelter (You Don't Give Me Love)" 119315
"Mad World"31221625
1983"Change"47329827323613
"Pale Shelter" (1983 version)15255N/R
"The Way You Are"24single release only
1984"Mothers Talk"1427235087Songs from the Big Chair
"Shout"41121152111
1985"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"2121811211211
"Head over Heels"1232155529128
"Suffer the Children" (reissue)52The Hurting
"Pale Shelter (You Don't Give Me Love)" (reissue)73
"I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)"231028Songs from the Big Chair
1986"Everybody Wants to Run the World"54single release only
1989"Sowing the Seeds of Love"5213181142341The Seeds of Love
"Woman in Chains" (with Oleta Adams)26363920452123163411
1990"Advice for the Young at Heart"3689315115492225
"Famous Last Words"83
1991"Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" 270Saturnine Martial & Lunatic
1992"Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)" 317154082728Greatest Hits 82-92
"Woman in Chains" (re-release) 457
1993"Break It Down Again"20258219667274Elemental
"Cold"72
"Goodnight Song"12544
1994"Elemental"
1995"Raoul and the Kings of Spain"31Raoul and the Kings of Spain
"God's Mistake"6110248
1996"Secrets"
"Falling Down"
2004"Call Me Mellow" 5Everybody Loves
a Happy Ending
2005"Closest Thing to Heaven"4070
"Everybody Loves a Happy Ending /
Call Me Mellow
"
10237
2006"Secret World" 6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory

1 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.

2Though 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. "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" reached #1 on the UK Dance Chart.

3 "Laid So Low" reached #10 on US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart.

4 This 1992 re-release credits the artist as Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams.

5 "Call Me Mellow" reached #28 on US Billboard Adult Top 40 Chart.

6"Secret World" was released as a promo single in France only.

References and sources

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