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Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of the band Tears for Fears open for Hall and Oates at Xcel Energy Center on May 11, 2017 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Tears for Fears was formed in Bath, England by Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal. The two began their professional careers as teenagers in a ska band called Graduate. Smith and Orzabal launched their new group in 1981.

The success of Tears for Fears began in the UK with their first album, The Hurting, released in 1983. Their 1985 follow-up, Songs from the Big Chair, catapulted the group to worldwide stardom. Two of that album’s tracks, “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The next single, “Head Over Heels,” came close at #3.

  • Shout (1984)

  • Everybody Wants To Rule The World (1985)

  • Head Over Heels (1985)