Mad World (3:07)

Cover of Donnie Darko

From Donnie Darko and 13 other releases

“Mad World” is a song by the British band Tears for Fears. Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smith, it was the band’s third single release and first chart hit, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1982. Both “Mad World” and its b-side, “Ideas As Opiates”, would turn up on the band’s debut LP The Hurting the following year. “Mad World” is also Tears for Fears’ first international hit, reaching the Top 40 in several countries in 1982/1983.

Two decades later, the song made a popular resurgence when it was covered by composers Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the soundtrack to the movie Donnie Darko.


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  • nikitonec

    one of the best soundtracks ever

    13 Feb 4:16pm Reply
  • nikitonec

    Perfect choice for the ending of Donnie Darko. Talk about a punch to the gut. [2]

    13 Feb 4:15pm Reply
  • reeceecup

    Adam Lambert's version rules!

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • flippant23

    Perfect choice for the ending of Donnie Darko. Talk about a punch to the gut.

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ChateauDeChat

    It's a very very mad world...

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • nslaven

    speak for yourself cowboy

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Cowboyblur

    Too much base in here. This OST version sucks.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • FairestNoun

    Hi everyone, can you please listen to my cover of Mad World by Michael Andrews? Thank you.

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Kurxle

    Великолепная композиция.

    5 Oct 2013 Reply


    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • potozky

    "Every Living Creature on Earth Dies Alone"

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • headey

    Michael Andrews wanted to put a song on his otherwise instrumental score. He eventually chose "Mad World" (1982) by Tears for Fears, who were one of his and childhood friend Gary Jules' favourite bands while growing up. Andrews enlisted Jules to sing the song, while Andrews himself played the piano. wiki

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • mklinsao

    This cover makes me cry. Donnie Darko is my very favorite movie.

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • LavianaVeri

    wonderful Song!

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Labyrinthian-xo

    This reminds me of the end of Donnie Darko, and it makes me sads. :(

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    @tad72 It's on his album and he sings it. It seems more like a Gary song to me.

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Equinox295

    Everytime I hear this version I picture the Gears of War commercial...and then Donnie Darko

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • tad72

    Both, Michael Andrews and Gary Jules composed this version for the Donnie Darko movie.

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    The right tag is Gary Jules - Mad World

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • surrendertoalex

    December 2003! Proustian rushes!

    30 May 2012 Reply
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