Best R.E.M. Songs


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The Top Ten

Losing My Religion
Nice song really
Amazing, awesome
Must listen to this song at least once
that's me in the corner
Result of simple but perfect work... AWESOME


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


[Newest]In my opinion, one of the best songs of the 90s

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

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.
Love it until the world ends.
[Newest]Remember Peter Griffin driving with a stroke and singing this song? Hilarious!

4Man on the Moon
It´s a beautiful, beautiful song!
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.

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


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
[Newest]Like it, but this high up the list?

I adore this song, superb guitar riff and a edgy lyrics from Stipe. A very memorable opener to Automatic For The People
Definitely the best R.E.M. song ever. This song should be #1.
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.


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.
Evokes memories from years gone by, not supposed to feel this sort of nostalgia at 25! Beautiful Song
[Newest]Nice song! Why is it below The One I Love?

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
3)Its The End Of The World
4)Everybody Hurts
5)Man On The Moon


College bar 1985, cute girl to dance with, really? A better song than this? I think not.
This should be in the top two with Rockville!

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!
my favorite. its so catchy
[Newest]Awesome. If only music these days could be this good

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
Beautiful lyrics and song! Just listen

The Contenders

11Shiny Happy People
It should be higher regarding to the melody and the sarcastic lyric.
Always makes me smile when I hear this song
Should be so much higher up the list.. It's a their best song!

This one should be in the top ten. Its really catchy with unique lyrics and almost has a message
This should really be in the top ten. Pure brilliance!
Number 1 of R.E. M - the best album "Green"


13What'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.
Why isn't this in the top ten why is everybody hurts in the top ten oh my god people.
[Newest]Monster is an awesome album this should be in the top 10

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
Got to be one of REM's best songs...
[Newest]It is beautiful, especially the background singing in the chorus.

15World Leader Pretend
I am listening to their music for nearly 30 years. And this song is my absolute favourite REM-Song.
This is actually my favorite R.E.M. song. Very underrated.

16Let 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.

17Fall On Me
Great romantic R.E.M. from their hey day

18E-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.
Such an amazing song

19Pretty Persuasion

20Imitation 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!
[Newest]Not their best song, but highly underrated and deserves to be in the top 5 at least! You have to admit that Losing my Religion is the only true number 1 though.

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