Song: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears
Reached #1: June 8, 1985 (their first, 2 weeks)
This song wasn’t a typical Tears for Fears track. In fact, Roland Orzabal (the longer-haired one) originally rejected the song as “too lightweight” before being talked into it by producer Chris Hughes. Hughes thought this song was the breakout single the band needed in the USA. Obviously, he was right, as this became Tears for Fears’ first #1 and best-known song.
Personally, I think the song worked because it was about exactly what it said it was about – everybody really does want to rule the world. Don’t you?
It also dragged “Shout” into the limelight – “Shout” had been released in 1984, but didn’t hit #1 in the USA until August 1985, as Americans discovered Tears for Fears’ catalog.
The band has had a bumpy history – Orzabal and Curt Smith got together after their band, Graduate, broke up in 1980. They worked together as Tears for Fears for just about a decade, then broke up over creative differences. Orzabal maintained rights to the name, and released two solo Tears for Fears albums in the ‘90s. When Orzabal had to do some band business in 2000 that needed Smith’s input, they wound up not only doing that business, but getting back together for a new album – and have continued to tour occasionally ever since.
Tomorrow, a girl who just wanted to have fun…
Other songs that reached #1 on June 8:
1974 – “Band On The Run” by Paul McCartney & Wings (their second, 1 week)
1991 – “More Than Words” by Extreme (their first, 1 week)