Tears for Fears’ 1985 sophomore release “Songs From The Big Chair” hit the top of the Billboard 200 chart on July 13, 1985. The album followed the group’s 1983 debut “The Hurting” and includes their signature hits “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
When “Songs From The Big Chair” hit number one, it claimed the top spot from Phil Collins’ “No Jacket Required.” The album held on for four weeks before handing the title over to “Reckless” by Bryan Adams.
“Everybody Wants to Rule The World” also went on to grab the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, spurred largely by drive-time radio play. According to band member Curt Smith, however, the song’s dark lyrics were often overlooked:
“The concept is quite serious – it’s about everybody wanting power, about warfare and the misery it causes,” he explains on the group’s website.