by Mark Nobes, chief editor
1977 Talking Heads: 77 #97 #66
1978 More Songs About Buildings and Food #29 #21
1979 Fear of Music #21 #33
1980 Remain in Light #19 #21
1983 Speaking in Tongues #15 #21
1985 Little Creatures #20 #10
1986 True Stories #28 #7
1988 Naked #19 #3
Chart positions shown are for the U.S. and UK respectively.
"TAKE ME TO THE RIVER" (1979)
This was the only single to be lifted from the band's second studio album More Songs About Buildings and Food.
Interestingly, three other versions of the song were released around the same time by Bryan Ferry, Foghat and Levon Helm.
"BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE" (1983)
The second and final single from the Speaking in Tongues album, This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), charted higher in the UK (#51) than it did in the U.S. where it stalled at #62.
"ROAD TO NOWHERE" (1985)
The band's seventh studio album, True Stories, reached #7 in the UK album charts and became the second album in a row to reach #2 in Australia. The lead single, Wild Wild Life, just failed to break into the UK Top 40, stalling at #43, although it reached #25 in the U.S. No other single release from the album charted in the UK.
Naked was the eighth and final studio album by Talking Heads. Released in 1988, it became the highest-charting album for the band in the UK, peaking at #3, although neither of the two singles from the album became major hits. Blind reached #59 and (Nothing But) Flowers peaked at #79.
In the U.S., Naked reached #19, but broke into the top ten in at least seven countries.