Mad World

Mad World by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules was a UK number 1 hit on Saturday, December 27, 2003 spending 3 week(s) at the top of the UK charts. Gary Jules covered this for the 2001 movie Donnie Darko. The director Richard Kelly hoped to end the film with the U2 track "MLK," but he couldn't afford the rights. So composer Michael Andrews and childhood friend Gary Jules made a rough recording of this Tears for Fears song to see if Kelly thought it would be suitable. Kelly was so impressed that he used that same recording on the film. Jules' version was the surprise UK Christmas #1 of 2003. Adam Lambert performed a memorable rendition of the Gary Jules version on Season 8 of American Idol, earning a standing ovation from the notoriously hostile Simon Cowell.

Mad World FAQs

Who sang Mad World?

Mad World was performed by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules

What year did Mad World get to the UK number 1 spot?

Mad World first became a UK number 1 on Saturday, December 27, 2003

How long was Mad World at number 1 in the UK?

Mad World spent 3 week(s) at number 1 in the UK.