How to Play Mad World on Piano

While watching a noontime variety show on television last weekend, one of the singers sang her own rendition of the Mad World. For Pete’s sake, it is the Mad World! It is one of the best songs that the 80s contributed in our music industry.

The Mad World is written by Roland Orzabal and was recorded by the British band, Tears for Fears in 1982. Nearly two decades after, Mad World was reintroduced with Michael Andrews and Gary Jules’s rendition for the 2001 film Donnie Darko. In 2003, Mad World topped the UK Singles Chart and became an international hit. Michael Andrews and Gary Jules’s version is much slower than the original Tears for Fears version, which is played with heavy percussions. By contemplating on the message of the song, the slower version seems to be most appropriate. Rolan Orzabal describes the meaning of the song as “it throws together a lot of different images to paint a picture without saying anything specific about the world.” Meanwhile, Curt Smith, the vocalist and bassist of Tears for Fears said, “It’s very much a voyeur’s song. It’s looking out at a mad world from the eyes of a teenager.” Although the theme of the song can be quite rebellious and appropriate for rock or punk music, for someone who is more sentimental and melodramatic about everything that is happening in our mad world, the mellow version is likewise apposite. In fact, this version is easier to play on the piano.  I’m always in awe every time I hear Mad World being played on the piano by the young generation or being played in music lounges or anywhere. It goes to show that people haven’t forgotten the song and still appreciate the music and its relevance to our present time.

For those who want to learn how to play Mad World on piano, I have recommendations below.

If you know how to read music notes and prefer to learn through a piano sheet, you can download the Mad World piano sheet here for free Also, this site has a video tutorial to support the piano sheets.

For beginners, the best way to learn how to play Mad World on piano is through online video tutorials. There are plenty of videos on this category which you can easily access on YouTube. Here are a few helpful links:

For high-quality piano sheets of classical and contemporary songs, you can purchase your selection here at a minimal cost. Good luck and enjoy!