David Byrne

David Byrne

Highest Rated: 100% Stop Making Sense (1984)

Lowest Rated: 8% The Bachelor (1999)

Birthday: May 14, 1952

Birthplace: Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK

One of the most eclectic artists to emerge from the American punk scene of the 1970s, David Byrne was the vocalist and chief songwriter for the band Talking Heads, which blended artistic, abstract sensibilities with a dizzying array of musical influences to become one of the most popular bands of the 1980s before Byrne left the group for a solo career in 1991. He captured critical and listener attention with the nervous energy and displaced emotion in songs like "Life During Wartime, "Burning Down the House," "Psycho Killer" and "Girlfriend is Better," which he underscored with his powerhouse vocals and kinetic stage presence. Talking Heads broke onto the Billboard charts with 1980's "Once in a Lifetime," which preceded a handful of Top 40 singles before the band's acrimonious split at the dawn of the new decade. In the years that followed, Byrne pursued a sonically adventurous solo career that veered from records that explored international rhythms to soundtrack work, including the Oscar-winning score for "The Last Emperor" (1987) and his own record label, Luaka Bop, which brought many Third World artists to Western audiences. Throughout it all, Byrne remained one of popular music's most independent-minded figures, parlaying his own individual fascinations into a career that drew considerable respect from both the critical and listener communities.

Highest rated movies

Under African Skies
Stop Making Sense
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
True Stories
Ride, Rise, Roar
Art of Amalia




98% 85% David Byrne's American Utopia Self,
Executive Producer,
Original Music
- 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Everything For All Reasons Unknown (Character) - 2019
96% 75% John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch Unknown (Character) - 2019
71% 62% Contemporary Color Self,
$15.3K 2016
100% 91% Under African Skies Unknown (Character) - 2012
67% 58% This Must Be the Place Self,
Original Music
$142.2K 2011
78% 71% Ride, Rise, Roar Unknown (Character) - 2010
55% 44% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Original Songs $52.5M 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Ipanema Unknown (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 67% Wandering Heart Self - 2008
No Score Yet 47% Pittsburgh Original Music - 2006
50% 45% Duck Original Songs - 2005
No Score Yet 82% TV Party: The Documentary Unknown (Character) - 2005
62% 50% Young Adam Composer $767.2K 2003
67% No Score Yet Art of Amalia Introduction (English version) (Character) $6.9K 2000
8% 28% The Bachelor Original Music $21.7M 1999
89% 71% The Book of Life Original Music - 1998
No Score Yet 73% Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart Unknown (Character) - 1998
43% 76% Blue in the Face Original Music $586.3K 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Between the Teeth Director - 1994
No Score Yet 38% Heavy Petting Unknown (Character) - 1989
50% 55% Immediate Family Original Song $5.4M 1989
89% 48% Married to the Mob Original Music $19.7M 1988
89% 88% The Last Emperor Original Music $43.0M 1987
79% 81% Wall Street Original Music $41.3M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Moon July Unknown (Character) - 1987
91% 69% Something Wild Original Music $6.4M 1986
79% 83% True Stories Narrator/Lip-Syncher/Talking Heads singer (Character),
$1.6M 1986
100% 97% Stop Making Sense Vocals and Guitar (Character),
Original Music
$148.4K 1984
No Score Yet 75% The Blank Generation Unknown (Character) - 1976


No Score Yet No Score Yet Tell Me More With Kelly Corrigan Guest 2021
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2020
No Score Yet 39% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2020
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1989 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2008 2020
No Score Yet 56% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2014 2019
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer 2019
No Score Yet 20% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2018
No Score Yet 43% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet q Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theater Talk Guest 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2009 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2012
85% 76% The Simpsons Performer - 'Dream Operator' (Guest Voice) 2003 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Space Ghost: Coast to Coast Guest 1995