Mad World

original song written and composed by Roland Orzabal; first recorded by Tears for Fears in 1982

"Mad World" is a new wave song by British band Tears for Fears. It was first released in September 1982. It then appeared on the band's first studio album The Hurting (1983).[1] The song reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1982.

"Mad World" was also famously covered by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules. This version was made for the soundtrack of the movie Donnie Darko (2001).


  1. Eder, Bruce. "The Hurting – Tears for Fears". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 December 2017.