Best R.E.M. Songs

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1Losing My Religion

Nice song really
Amazing, awesome
Must listen to this song at least once
that's me in the corner

Best song this song is better then any other REM song and that's a fact - xjrp11x

Winner of MTV's Euro song of 1991. Incredible video as well. All about being under scrutiny with a task at hand. People/person there, watching. Then no one. Religious symbolism integrated perfectly as well. I have never seen a music video made as well

In my opinion, one of the best songs of the 90s - Ajkloth

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2Everybody Hurts

Love this song... Reminds me of my dad. He always loved this song RIP dad x

I love this song - it is simply one of the best songs out there from any band, not just REM. It reminds you that life is hard for everyone, and sometimes we need to remember that.

This song was brought out the same day that my dad commit suicide and its just a lovely song.

Everybody hurts... Because they really want to hear this song!

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3It's the End of the World As We Know It

Amazing Song first brought my eyes to R.E.M. It should be higher but I am glad if any song is beating it it's losing my religion

Even if you don't know all the lyrics, you should still love it. But, you love it more if you know all the lyrics.

To be honest I completely think Losing my religion is over rated, THIS IS THERE BEST SONG!

Classic R.E.M., great song

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4Man on the Moon

I'm glad "The One I Love" is near the top, it's great. But Man on the Moon is by far my favorite. It was hearing this and "It's the End of the World As We Know It" on the radio that got me into the band, and now I own their Greatest Hits record from the IRS years, which has some fantastic lesser known songs on their. If you haven't already heard it, give "So. Central Rain" a listen. It has that same fire as "The One I Love", with the same delicate swagger as "Losing My Religion".

What can I say? I love those yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah. I love that "Hey baby"? I love the chorus that many band would have killed for. I love the guitar solos. I love the quiet part. And I love that repetition of the chorus at the end. EVERYTHING about this song is completely mind-blowing.

This is such a motivational songs. Beautiful songs like this come from deep within the heart. Maybe not as good as loosing my religion, but I'm voting this up because I think it should be second.

Nope. Losing my religion is nothing compared to this

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5The One I Love

This song is really good should be in top 3 please vote this song up great tune and guitar bass drumming is just the beat love this one been listing to this song near everyday

This song should be number 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 please vote this one up great guitar and tune its got a great beat it has such feeling love this song so much great guitar bass drum and singing all round good tune you would be crazy not to vote this song up - mneilan

Love this song should be number 7, 8 or 9 really good great singing guitar drums and bass vote this one up really catchy and a good tune vote this song up it's good

Like it, but this high up the list?

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6Drive

I adore this song, superb guitar riff and a edgy lyrics from Stipe. A very memorable opener to Automatic For The People

I found this song here last night and started listening to it. It is now my favorite REM song

I lived in Athens, GA from '89-'99. It was common to see members of the band, esp. Stipe, out and about downtown or in a bar. I also used to eat at Weaver D's Soul Food, where the owner's catch phrase was "automatic for the people." Good times. - Blue_Devereaux

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7Nightswimming

This wonderful unique song brings back my childhood - carelessness, innocence, this feeling of security, warmth, lightheartedness, secrets, unconditional trusting,...This song offers the unique chance to bring back this time, its impressions and all the memories when needing them. Just love it!

Such a beautiful and catchy song with a great vocal performance by stipe. Love it!

The vocals that stipe brings to this song are incredible such a joy to listen to time and time again.

Nice song! Why is it below The One I Love?

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8Radio Free Europe

How on the earth this song can be on this position.
Even rolling stone magazine has put this song in their greatest songs list
Greatest REM songs are as follows-

1)Losing My Religion
2)RADIO FREE Europe
3)It's The End Of The World
4)Everybody Hurts
5)Man On The Moon - MohitYadav

College bar 1985, cute girl to dance with, really? A better song than this? I think not.

Anything of Murmur deserves the utmost respect - but Laughing, Sitting Still, We walk, Pilgramige and Perfect Circle are better!

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9Orange Crush

Orange Crush is the best REM song at least one of my favorites. It came at the time of the first Gulf was and made me think of my husband at the time overseas and now it reminds me of my son who is in the Army and been to Iraq.

Absolutely the Best! It is filled with energy and originality. Artisan Musicians to be Sure!

Acid, beautiful, catchy as hell, never leaves your brain. A total classic from a great album.

Awesome. If only music these days could be this good

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10The Great Beyond

This is so incredible, the lyrics. The message. The just all around incredble is one of the things that keeps me going in life!

Lyrics are just amazing, "pushing an elephant up the stairs" that part is enough

This song must be in top 10

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The Contenders

11Stand

This one should be in the top ten. Its really catchy with unique lyrics and almost has a message

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12What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

This was really to hard to choose, so many good REM songs, but this has 1 of the best opening REM riffs, just raw guitar, awesome into to an awesome song

One of the few times, REM changed pace enough to just plain rock. A slight departure from their usual mood and tempo, but one of their best.

Great track based on a unique, bizarre, jarring, and hilarious popular culture event. The music is catchy rock and contains a fun message about the media.

Brilliant song and lyrics

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13Shiny Happy People

This song makes me happy! I also picture the moves from the music video, which make me laugh

Always makes me smile when I hear this song

Should be so much higher up the list.. It's a their best song!

Why does everyone hate this song?

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14Find the River

Joint with Man on the Moon, this song gets my vote for being largely unknown outside of R.E. M's own fanbase. What a gorgeous song with such fantastic imagery.

Somewhat overlooked, but it really is such a nice song. Of course, REM is amazing so they have lots of nice songs, but this one is really special

Find the River and You are the Everything are my top two. Both very underrated in my opinion.

It is beautiful, especially the background singing in the chorus.

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15Fall On Me

Great romantic R.E.M. from their hey day

16E-Bow the Letter

I don't understand why this song is so far down the list? Please do yourself a favour, and listen to this song again, by yourself in a quiet place. Patti Smith's solo will give you goosebumps.

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17Imitation of Life

this is by far "the greatest thing since bread came sliced", not making top ten is an absurdity, not making first place is blasphemy

I want the greatest song, the greatest song since bread came sliced to at least be in the top ten... This was the absolute last song by REM that got any radio play whatsoever, and happens to be one of the best.

This song is just beautiful and amazing. Should definitely be the the very first place!

Should be higher

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18World Leader Pretend

I am listening to their music for nearly 30 years. And this song is my absolute favourite REM-Song.

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19Let Me In

The back story to this is sadder than the song itself. The day before Kurt Cobain died he was supposed to be picked up to go to Atlanta for a recording session with Stipe. As the story goes Michael Stipe sent a limo to pick him up. The Driver waited for him and knocked on the door and no one answered. Hence the title let me in.

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