Madness are an English ska band from Camden Town, London, that formed in 1976. One of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s 2 Tone ska revival, they continue to perform with their most recognised line-up of seven members.
Madness achieved most of their success in the early to mid-1980s. Both Madness and UB40 spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the decade, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. However, Madness achieved this in a shorter time period (1980–1986).
Madness have had only one UK number one single, with House Of Fun, but have had two number ones in Ireland, with House Of Fun and Wings Of A Dove. The group's most famous song is Our House. Released in 1982, it reached #5 in the UK, #3 in Ireland, #7 in the U.S., and topped the charts in Sweden.