Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World

First Hit #1: June 8, 1985

Every decade has trends one wishes would go away, but by the same token every decade has trends that I think are ripe for a revival. New Wave might not be new anymore, but it’s one of the pop music trends that I always wished would have stuck around for good, and given the number of recent attempts to revive it, I’m not alone in that assessment. It’s songs like Everybody Wants to Rule the World that have contributed to my affection for the style. The combination of synths and moody, ambiguous vocals bring a slightly darker tinge to the charts that is a bit novel, but it’s just a flavor of pop music. It’s got a mood all its own, but it’s still catchy and you can even dance to it. It has also turned around to become fresh again, like how chart contemporaries recall the ’60s, now we’ve got new wave that people are starting to rediscover. It’s an all around enjoyable experience.

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One Response to Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World

  1. RBerman says:

    I too welcome the New Wave revivalism of La Roux, Steel Train, Fun, etc. This song was well placed at the end of the mediocre Val Kilmer college geeks comedy film “Real Genius,” but mainly it’s just a great piece of pop with a grooving shuffle beat, recently covered winningly (and also more quickly) by Relient K as part of an 80s-heavy project. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxq-EcbW2EI) It’s also one of the most overtly political #1 singles.

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