"Change" 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 fourth single release. It would eventually become the second hit from their debut LP The Hurting (1983) and second UK Top 5 chart hit, following the success of "Mad World". The song also gave Tears for Fears their first charting single in America when it cracked the Billboard Top 75 in August 1983. "Change" was also a big international success, reaching the Top 40 in several countries around the world.


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It's not really about much. It's just one of those cheap pop lyrics.

—Roland Orzabal[1]==Song versions[edit]==

The 7" version of "Change" is the same mix of the song found on The Hurting, albeit in a slightly edited form. An extended remix of the song is showcased as the lead track on the 12" single. While many copies of the 12" single use the 7" mix of the song as one of the b-sides, some feature an altogether different recording. Although uncredited on the singles themselves, this mix is labeled the "New Version" on the UK cassette release of The Hurting, where it was included as a bonus track. Featuring an alternate set of lyrics, this version actually predates the 7" mix, despite its title.

It's a step backwards to what we were doing before "Mad World"... the version on The Hurting is a vast improvement.

—Curt Smith

More recently, a mix by British DJ Joey Negro was included, along with other Tears for Fears remixes, on a 2004 promotional EP.


"The Conflict" is a song that served as the b-side to the "Change" single. Its repeated verse describes a conflict between two individuals. Sung by Curt Smith, this is one of the few songs in the Tears for Fears catalogue on which he shares a writing credit.

Music video[edit]Edit

The music video for "Change" was directed by Clive Richardson, best known for his early work with Depeche Mode.

Track listings[edit]Edit

7": Mercury / IDEA4 (United KingdomIreland) / 812 677-7 (United States) / 6059 596 (AustraliaEuropeSouth Africa) / SOV 2322 (Canada) / 7PP-101 (Japan)
  1. "Change" (3:52)
  2. "The Conflict" (4:02)
12": Mercury / IDEA412 (United Kingdom) / 6400 730 (Europe)
  1. "Change [Extended Version]" (5:54)
  2. "Change" (3:52)
  3. "The Conflict" (4:02)
12": Mercury / IDEA412 (United Kingdom) / 6400 730 (Australia) / SOVX 2322 (Canada)
  1. "Change [Extended Version]" (5:54)
  2. "Change [New Version]" (4:33)
  3. "The Conflict" (4:02)
  • The "New Version" is not specifically identified as such on this release

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1983) Position
Australian Kent Music Report 29
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 30
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[3] 24
Canada (RPM) Singles Chart[4] 23
Irish Singles Chart)[5] 8
Italy (FIMI)[6] 27
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[7] 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 36
Poland[9] 9
South African Chart[10] 5
UK (Official Charts Company)[11] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 73
U.S. BillboardHot Mainstream Rock Tracks[12] 22


The xylophone melody has been sampled by several artists:

Cover versions and remixes[edit]Edit

Israeli born DJ/Producer Offer Nissim produced 2 versions of Change, both sampling the xylophone melody from the original Tears for Fears track. Vocals were provided by Ohad Heim.

Offer Nissim - Change ft Ohad Heim (Offer Nissim Remix) Released on the album Happy People in 2008.

Offer Nissim - Change ft Ohad Heim (Original Mix)

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