1. "Shout" (Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley) 6:33
2. "The Working Hour" (Orzabal, Stanley, Manny Elias) 6:31
3. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (Orzabal, Stanley, Chris Hughes) 4:11
4. "Mothers Talk" (Orzabal, Stanley) 5:06
5. "I Believe" (Orzabal) 4:54
6. "Broken" (Orzabal) 2:38
7. "Head over Heels/Broken (Live)" (Orzabal, Curt Smith) 4:32
8. "Listen" (Orzabal, Stanley) 6:54
Songs from the Big Chair is the second album by the British pop band Tears for Fears. It was released in 1985, and remains their highest selling album to date. The album peaked at no.2 in the UK (where it remained in the Top 10 for over six months and in the Top 40 for over a year) and reached no.1 (for five weeks) in the US. It contained a string of international hit singles, including: "Mothers Talk", "Shout", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Head Over Heels".
The album title was derived from the 1976 television film Sybil about a woman with multiple personality disorder who only feels safe when she is sitting in her analyst's "big chair".
The record remains highly regarded:
In the loping, percolating "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Tears for Fears perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the mid-'80s while impossibly managing to also create a dreamy, timeless pop classic. Songs From the Big Chair is one of the finest statements of the decade.
Once the band had finished a lengthy touring and promotion schedule for the album, they took an extended hiatus from the music industry.