"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is a song recorded by English band Tears for Fears. It was written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley and Chris Hughes with production handled by Hughes. The song was released in 1985 by Phonogram, Mercury and Vertigo Records as the third single from their second album, Songs from the Big Chair (1985). "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is a new wave song. Its lyrics detail the desire humans have for control and power and centre on themes of corruption.
Music critics praised "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" in their retrospective reviews, with some including the song in their respective decade lists. It is regarded as the group's signature song, along with "Shout" (1984). Commercially, the song garnered success on charts internationally, peaking at number two in Ireland and the United Kingdom and at number one in Canada, New Zealand and on the Billboard Hot 100. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" was certified gold by both Music Canada (MC) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
Nigel Dick directed the song's accompanying music video which received promotion from MTV. It shows the group's bassist Curt Smith (who sings lead vocal), riding an antique Austin-Healey 3000 sports car around various locations in Southern California intercut with shots of the band performing the song in a studio. In 1986, the song won "Best Single" at the Brit Awards. The group re-recorded the song as a charity single for the Sport Aid campaign. New Zealand singer Lorde recorded a cover of the song which was included in the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).
Label: Virgin EMI Records V 3197
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue, Repress
Country: USA & Europe
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: Pop Rock, Synth-pop
A1 Everybody Wants To Rule The World
A3 I Love You But I’m Lost
A4 Mad World
B1 Sowing The Seeds Of Love
B2 Advice For The Young At Heart
B3 Head Over Heels
B4 Woman In Chains
C3 Pale Shelter
C4 Mothers Talk
D1 Break It Down Again
D2 I Believe
D3 Raoul And The Kings Of Spain
D4 Closest Thing To Heaven