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]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

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]My favorite song by REM. I'll never grow tired of listening to it

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".
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.
[Newest]See you in heaven if you make the list, yeah yeah yeah yeah.

Great song, great lyrics. We miss you, REM!

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]Incredible vocals mixed with a cutting edge deep guitar riff with an awesome drum beat.

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!
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!
[Newest]My favourite song of all time!

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
[Newest]Awesome. If only music these days could be this good

9Shiny Happy People
It should be higher regarding to the melody and the sarcastic lyric.
Always makes me smile when I hear this song
One of the saddest songs by R.E.M.
Lots of people don't seem to get the message.

10Radio 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!

The Contenders

11The 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

12Find 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...

13Supernatural 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!

14Imitation 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.

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"


16Bad Day
Another great REM song...
Makes my days good...

17E-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

18Let 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.

Very nice song some good lines in there

The best chorus. So good.

20Leaving New York
Reminds me of the love of my life. So yes, HUGE sentimental value and an equally haunting tune.
Love this melancholic song. Favorite line: "It's easier to leave than to be left behind"

21What'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.

22World 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.

23Driver 8
Very catchy Riff, just a flat out awesome song, this should be in the top 5 at least.

24Fall On Me
Great romantic R.E.M. from their hey day

25Pretty Persuasion

26At 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?

Beautiful song, never get tired of listening to it.

28Country 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.

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.

30You 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

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..

32Bang and Blame

33Life and How to Live It

34King of Birds

35I've Been High

36The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
Remember this one from my teenage years. Never really understood what it meant, but loved it just the same.
Needs to be much higher love this song
Great song I agree should be higher on the list
[Newest]Amazing, despite not knowing what he was singing the first hundred times I listened to it

37Turn You Inside-Out
The guitar, the vocals, the drums, everything is amazing.

38Can't Get There From Here

39Swan Swan H

40Finest Worksong

41Me In Honey

42South Central Rain
Great song! Early REM rules!

43How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us

44Ages of You

45Be Mine

46(Don't Go Back To) Rockville
Awesome song, kept me awake during a long journey

47Strange Currencies
One of their best songs and yet nobody every seems to talk about.

48She Just Wants to Be

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

50Final Straw
Simplicity on an acoustic guitar but the song says so much...

51Welcome to the Occupation


53I Believe

54Sweetness Follows
This is an incredibly underrated song.

55All the Way to Reno
Great riff on this. It should be higher than this. every time I see shows like American Idol I think of it. Definitely a song for the fame seekers and the dream of making it.

56Crush With Eyeliner
Thurston moore plays on this, enough said!

57Pop Song 89
Should we talk about the weather? My, my high. Should we talk about the government?

5811th Untitled Song

59King of Comedy

60The Boy In the Well
Good song. Probably my favorite.


61The Worst Joke Ever


63Walk Unafraid

64Monty Got a Raw Deal
Why is this at 65? The guitar, the vocals... Top 3.


65Exhuming McCarthy

Good album, good song

67Gardening 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!

68Try Not to Breathe
Back vocal is killing it!
Yeah, this is my favorite R.E.M. song. Haunting lyrics, "I need you to rememberr..."


70Falls To Climb

71All The Right Friends

72Little America

73So Fast, So Numb
Brill song from a great album, brings back a lot of memorie

74Radio Song

75The Outsiders

76Walk It Back


78Why Not Smile
Genius lyrics and amazing sound

79These 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

80Star 69

81Star Me Kitten


83Saturn Return
Off on its own

84Letter Never Sent

85High Speed Train

86Sing for the Submarine

87Man-Sized Wreath

88Selling the Drama

89Begin the Begin

90The Wrong Child

Great catchy song from the first album that deserves a place on this list!

92The Ascent of Man
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

93Around the Sun

94Every Day Is Yours to Win

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This list was created 6 years, 306 days ago and has been voted on over 2,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 18 times and has been blogged about 1 times.

Updated Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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