Take a look at the below list of Talking Heads Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time. Talking Heads is a band linked to New York City, despite a majority of its members having met at the Rhode School of Design. The group leads lights of CBGB scenes, which embarked punk and assisted the start of the American new wave. The band comprises of Byrne David the lead vocalist and guitarist, Tina Weymouth who does the bass and backing vocals, Jeff Harrison who plays the keyboard and Chris Frantz who does the drums. The group blended world music and art rock in amazing hits, displaying innovative showmanship in live performances and music videos. The band gets inducted in Roll Hall of Fame and Rock in 2002. It is a very daunting task to select only ten tracks from the Talking Heads brilliant catalog, but we managed to come up with ten of their finest songs.
List of Top 10 songs by Talking Heads of all time
10. ‘Nothing But Flowers.’
Talking Heads release their last studio album in 1988, named ‘Naked.’ The album is cohesive and it is significant for the band is facing a looming dissolution, which finally towards the end of 1991. All these events add to the track’s wistfulness, as they sing about modern civilization going back to a primitive state. British musician Kirsty MacColl and Johnny Marr the Smiths guitarist also feature on the track.
9. ‘Stay Up Late.’
‘Stay Up Late’ is most definitely one of the funniest tracks by the Talking Heads. The record is sung in character of the world’s most notorious babysitter, who regards his sister’s baby as a plaything due to the ‘little pee-pee, little toes.’ The bright melody lacks menace, and the gravity-defying video appears with the band cavorting in white tethered jumpsuits that allows all to jump to the beat. The song is funny but fascinating, what an incredible song.
8. ‘Road to Nowhere.’
‘Little Creatures,’ an album released in 1985 also featuring a hit track called ‘And She Was’ is home to this song. ‘Road to Nowhere’ returns the Talking Heads to as thick line as well as American pop rock sound. The band makes an effort to add a white gospel choir. Brian writes that to make a track that presents a gentle and joyful look at doom. The target is met, and the band even adds cowboy whooping boots.
7. ‘I Zimbra.’
‘I Zimbra’ is single number two from the third album by Talking Heads called ‘Fear of Music.’ The track is produced by Eno Brian and is inspired by uplifting music in Africa, talking about the seismic shift that was expected with the release of the ‘Remain in Kight,’ their next LP. The lyrics feature adaptations of a Dadaist poem by Ball Hugo. However, listeners should not worry about some deliberate obtuse words used in the track. Concentrate with the irresistible beats, and you will love the track.
6. ‘Psycho Killer.’
An album by the band spawns Talking Heads to its first chartered single. The album is none other than ‘Talking Heads 77,’ a debut album that turns out to be position 92 on the ‘Billboard Top 100′ songs. The lyrics are sung in the first person by a serial killer, not to mention the French language bridge, an achievement that is somehow remarkable. For the fans who want to find a new wave of American Punk, ‘Psycho Killer’ is the fresh sound to listen to. This is one of the Talking Heads Top 10 Songs of All Time.
5. ‘Take Me to the River
‘More Songs About Buildings and Food’ started the group’s longtime collaboration with producer Brian Eno which takes them in a new musical direction, as well as the rare cover track. The track’s original version is recorded by Al Green in 1974, although the Talking Heads find a method to make the track their own with some slithery soulful groove which turns out to be the band’s initial ‘Billboard Top 30′ hit.
4. ‘Burning Down the House.’
‘Burning Down the House’ is the first single from ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ the band’s studio album number five. The song boasts of being the only ‘Top 10 hit’ for the band, with a video that was always played on MTV’s playlists. The track evolves from an instrumental jam done by Frantz and Weymouth, who are influenced by a parliament concert in which ‘Burn down the house’ is the phrase used by the audience to chant.
3. ‘Once in a Lifetime.’
An infectious beat known as Afro pulses through ‘Remaining in Light,’ which also shines in Northern Africa and Arabic music as well as disco, with complex arrangements. The Heads turn out to be a touring ensemble that people had seen in the ‘Stop Making Sense’ movie. The single becomes a cult hit as a result of its video’s strength as a bespectacled staggering Bryne cries out ‘This is not my beautiful house.’ ‘This is not my beautiful wife.’ ‘We, how did I ever get here?’
2. ‘Life During Wartime.’
The apocalypse has never been as cool as this song released in 1979 in the ‘Fear of Music’ album, which gets a sweet spot where funk and punk blend to an amazing effect. Hoarding peanut butter and burning his notebooks, Bryne understands that ‘This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco.’ ‘However, you’re going to dance at this end of days.’ The track is a magnificent composition by the band, a well-thought idea.
1. ‘This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)’
The song is the number two single from the ‘Speaking in Tongues’ album, which also happens to be the sentimental track among all the records released by the Talking heads. The track is an anthem and a fan favorite, as it is requested at birthdays, funerals and weddings. Bryne declares his love and affection with confidence, his warm emotion blending with cool intellectualism, making an incredible song.
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Wild Wild Life
The song starts with the band singing about wearing a Fur Pyjamas and riding hot potatoes. Isn’t that funny indeed? That tickles his fancy, and he can’t hear what people say. He needs them to speak up. ‘Ain’t that the way you like it oh-oh.’ ‘Living wild, wildlife.’
Talking heads is a hard working band that surely deserves credit. The group has made it possible to release many songs, which makes it hard to choose only ten from their extensive catalog. The band is entertaining and funny, and you can always use their tracks to relax after a long day of work. Well done Talking Heads, continue talking, oh sorry, keep singing.