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


Without a doubt! Even after all these years love it every time I hear it.
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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.
Great song reminds me of my grandad
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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.
Love it until the world ends.
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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".
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.
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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.


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6The 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
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Such a beautiful and catchy song with a great vocal performance by stipe. Love it!
Not only the best R.E.M. song, but one of my favourite songs of all time.
I love this song. It's made it into many mixed tapes over the years!
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8Orange 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
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9Radio 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


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

11Shiny Happy People
Always makes me smile when I hear this song
It should be higher regarding to the melody and the sarcastic lyric.
One of the saddest songs by R.E.M.
Lots of people don't seem to get the message.
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12Supernatural Superserious
It may be new, but it is so badass


Amazinhg song, powerful, awesome lyrics and music. It is surely one of the best songs of this wonderful band
Right from that raw intro the song blisters along like a happy runaway train. They're enjoying themselves on this. Irresistable!
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13Find the River
Got to be one of REM's best songs...
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
I have got to Find the River, the bergamot and vetiver.
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14Bad Day
Another great REM song...
Makes my days good...
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15Imitation 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
This song is just beautiful and amazing. Should definitely be the the very first place!
18? You cannot be serious! The composition is pure genius - should be top 3.
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16E-Bow the Letter
Such an amazing song
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17Leaving New York
Reminds me of the love of my life. So yes, HUGE sentimental value and an equally haunting tune.
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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!
The best one?!?! Why no top 10!?
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19What'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.
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20World 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.
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Very nice song some good lines in there

The best chorus. So good.
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22At My Most Beautiful
I could listen to this song 8000 times and never get tired of it. Great song


R. E. M. nailed a love song. Who'd'a thought?
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Beautiful song, never get tired of listening to it.
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Whoever voted for this one - well done. I already put Supernatural... but this would be my second choice. The siren is awesome on it and gives the track a panicky feeling. Brilliant.
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25Fall On Me
Great romantic R.E.M. from their hey day
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26You Are the Everything
REM are my all time favourite band. This is the first REM song I ever heard and I'd have to say it's still my favourite. I love to listen to it whilst driving late at night. They have at least a 100 great songs.
This is my number 1 REM song and REM are my favourite band. I love to listen to it whilst driving alone at night
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27Let Me In Listen to sample

28Pretty Persuasion Listen to sample

29Life and How to Live It Listen to sample

30King of Birds Listen to sample

31I've Been High Listen to sample

So much emotions in that song. Definitely my favorite.
The first song I heard by them, and still my favourite
The best for me.. Love it..
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33Can't Get There From Here Listen to sample

34Driver 8
Very catchy Riff, just a flat out awesome song, this should be in the top 5 at least.
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36The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
Needs to be much higher love this song
Remember this one from my teenage years. Never really understood what it meant, but loved it just the same.
Great song I agree should be higher on the list
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37She Just Wants to Be Listen to sample

38Country Feedback
One of the best R.E.M. song, my favorite one, associating great music with incredible lyrics, simply fantastic.
I love the guitar solo on the version from R.E.M. 's Road Movie sound track.
Not just REM's best, one of the best songs ever written.
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39Strange Currencies
One of their best songs and yet nobody every seems to talk about.
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A classic of alternative cool. Paradramtic and textured in tone, mood and ambiance. A yearning between youth and adulthood and all of the grey abysses between.
college music at its finest
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41Aftermath Listen to sample

42Welcome to the Occupation Listen to sample

43Final Straw
Simplicity on an acoustic guitar but the song says so much...
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44Bang and Blame Listen to sample

45(Don't Go Back To) Rockville
Awesome song, kept me awake during a long journey
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46Sweetness Follows
This is an incredibly underrated song.
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4711th Untitled Song

48Crush With Eyeliner
Thurston moore plays on this, enough said!
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49King of Comedy Listen to sample

50The Boy In the Well
Good song. Probably my favorite.


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51The Worst Joke Ever Listen to sample

52Diminished Listen to sample

53Walk Unafraid Listen to sample

54All the Way to Reno Listen to sample

55Monty Got a Raw Deal
Why is this at 65? The guitar, the vocals... Top 3.


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56Pop Song 89 Listen to sample

57Exhuming McCarthy Listen to sample

58Me In Honey Listen to sample

59Turn You Inside-Out
The guitar, the vocals, the drums, everything is amazing.
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Good album, good song
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61South Central Rain
Great song! Early REM rules!
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62Gardening at Night
One of their first songs, one of their most influencial songs, one of their most simple and relaxing songs and in my opinion one of their best songs!
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63Try Not to Breathe
Back vocal is killing it!
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64Falls To Climb Listen to sample

65All The Right Friends Listen to sample

66Little America Listen to sample

67So Fast, So Numb
Brill song from a great album, brings back a lot of memorie
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69The Outsiders Listen to sample

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71Tongue Listen to sample

72Why Not Smile
Genius lyrics and amazing sound
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73These Days
This has to be the realest and most original song they have ever made. The message it carries make it stand out from all their great songs
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76Parakeet Listen to sample

77Saturn Return
Off on its own
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78Letter Never Sent Listen to sample

79High Speed Train Listen to sample

80Sing for the Submarine Listen to sample

81Man-Sized Wreath Listen to sample

82Selling the Drama

83Begin the Begin Listen to sample

84The Wrong Child Listen to sample

Great catchy song from the first album that deserves a place on this list!
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86Pilgrimage Listen to sample

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This list was created 6 years, 115 days ago and has been voted on over 2,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 14 times and has been blogged about 1 times.

Updated Sunday, September 21, 2014

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