Top 10 songs by Talking Heads

1.) Life During Wartime (From 1979's Fear of Music)

2.) This Must Be the Place (From 1983's Speaking in Tongues)

3.) Burning Down The House (From 1983's Speaking in Tongues)

4.) Psycho Killer (From 1977's Talking Heads: 77)

5.) Once In A Lifetime (From 1980's Remain in Light)

6.) Road To Nowhere (From 1985's Little Creatures)

7.) Found A Job (From 1978's More Songs About Buildings and Food)

8.) Making Flippy Floppy (live) (from 1984's Stop Making Sense)

9.) Girlfriend is Better (From 1983's Speaking in Tongues)

10.) Born Under Punches (From 1980's Remain in Light)

Honorable mentions:

And She Was (From 1985's Little Creatures)

Cities (From 1979's Fear of Music)

Heaven (From 1979's Fear of Music)

Take Me To The River (From 1978's More Songs About Buildings and Food)

Television Man (From 1985's Little Creatures)

Nothing But Flowers (From 1988's Naked)

Pulled Up (From 1977's Talking Heads: 77)

Papa Legba (From 1986's True Stories)

Warning Sign (From 1978's More Songs About Buildings and Food)

Love For Sale (From 1986's True Stories)

Any thoughts on my list? Agree or disagree? Did I miss anything by Talking Heads you love?


  1. Nice list. I think you hit most of the essentials. I'm also partial to "Warning Sign" which inspired the name of my blog. :D

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign: Thanks. Really, have to give ”Warning Sign” a re-listen today. Each time I googled ”warning sign” I always got a Coldplay song :)

  2. My favorite song is "Psycho Killer" as I just love that song as well as "Burning Down the House", "Once in a Lifetime", and "Road to Nowhere". They're a great band. It's a shame they won't reunite because David Byrne has no interest in doing reunions.

    1. @thevoid99: Those are great songs you mention, which are all in my top 10, hust in a different order. A shame they won’t reunite, I guess nothing lasts forever.

  3. No shock from me, but I'd include "Crosseyed and Painless" without hesitation. Some of your also-rans would be on my list, too. I might also include "Papa Legba" off True Stories and "Pulled Up" from '77.

    1. @SJHoneywell: I know you rate Remain in Light very highly, so no surprise you would include Crosseyed And Painless on your best list.
      Interesting couple of also-rans you mention, I don't have any from True Stories, Papa Legba is pretty good, I think my pick from that album would be Love For Sale.
      I like the guitar play on Pulled Up, thanks for sharing.

  4. I've always just listened to This Must Be The Place from hearing it in Lars and the Real Girl. Now I'm going to check out these songs too - a great place to start. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. @Katy Rochelle: I had forgotten This Must Be The Place was used in Lars and The Real Girl, I always associate that tune from Oliver Stone’s Wallstreet (1987). Happy my top 10 has inspired you to listen to Talking Heads. You’re welcome :)

  5. Great list! I have always really liked This Must Be the Place!

    1. @jjames 36: Thanks! This Must Be The Place is a great track


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