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Tears for Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ Returns to No. 1 on a Billboard Chart

The 1985 Hot 100 No. 1 leads Alternative Digital Song Sales thanks to a new film sync and sale pricing.

Over 35 years after hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Tears for Fears‘ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” is back atop a Billboard chart.

The ’80s classic reaches No. 1 on the Alternative Digital Song Sales list dated March 13, soaring by 704% to 6,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 4, according to MRC Data.

“Rule” has made steady recent gains thanks in part to its inclusion in the movie Land. The film, directed by and starring Robin Wright, opened in select U.S. theaters on Feb. 12 (following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 31). It was released on video on-demand March 5.


“Rule” is also one of many songs currently discounted in the iTunes Store’s “69¢ Pop Hits” spotlight. On the latest all-genre Digital Song Sales chart, where “Rule” arrives at No. 14, other discounted favorites surge, including Neil Diamond‘s “Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good),” which re-enters at No. 10 (7,000 sold, up 906%); The Mamas & The Papas‘ “California Dreamin’,” which debuts at No. 18 (5,000, up 673%); and Wilson Phillips‘ “Hold On,” which enters at No. 21 (4,000, up 1,105%).

Additionally, “Rule” spends a second week on Rock Streaming Songs at No. 25, with 3.7 million U.S. streams, up 3%.

Those sales and streaming totals, along with 4.5 million all-format radio audience impressions in the tracking week, send “Rule” to a No. 10 entrance on the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, marking Tears for Fears’ first appearance on the survey, which began in 2009.

“Rule” became Tears for Fears’ first of two No. 1s on the Hot 100, for two weeks in June 1985, followed by “Shout” for three weeks that August. The singles, plus the No. 3 hit “Head Over Heels,” were released from the British act’s second LP Songs From the Big Chair, which topped the Billboard 200 for five weeks in 1985. In the latest tracking week, the set spiked by 21% to 4,000 equivalent album units.