Best R.E.M. Songs


The Top Ten

1 Losing My Religion

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

One of the greatest ever

¡Great song! I love it. - CedreticFomento

Result of simple but perfect work... AWESOME - Nadeem777

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2 Everybody Hurts

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

Just Excellent!

This song is timeless, universal and has impacted so man lives. A song that can do that has to be #1 even if it wasn't the most successful commercially. It's deeper than just money and music

The lyrics are a masterpiece and it’s one of the more soothing songs when I get back from school usually

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

Peter singing this just after he's had a stroke and got his arm caught in the car door

For some reason I think of the Big Bang Theory whenever I hear this song. It brings many memories - SirSheep

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

Losing Religion is probably better than this one but I like this one, fast lyrics and well known chorus.

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4 Man 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".

It�'s a beautiful, beautiful song!

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.

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5 The One I Love

Simplicy and depth and emotion

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

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6 Nightswimming

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!

My favourite!

I already knew the top 5 or so on this list before I really became an R.E.M. fan, but man, this song is what made me a fan. Nightswimming always puts a few tears in my eyes.

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

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7 Radio Free Europe

Oh yes.

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)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.

Love this song. Its way better than losing my religion.

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8 Drive

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

Hey kids, rock & roll. nobody tells you where to go

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9 Shiny Happy People

Always makes me smile when I hear this song

The backing vocals and harmonies make this my all time favourite

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

Why does everyone hate this song?

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10 Orange Crush

I figured that someone would have made this list by now. Anyways, this is my favorite on the list for now (at least until it gets fleshed out).
Edit: I made this comment on another list that got merged with this one. - Gg2000

Infectious beat, fabulous harmonies, critical commentary on the morality of American foreign policy... superb!

The song that made me R.E.M fan in 80's. Still my favourite REM song

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.

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The Contenders

11 Stand

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!

Super catchy song. Shocked it isn't in the top 5.

Number 1 of R.E. M - the best album "Green" - guvadela

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12 The Great Beyond

This song is one of those that brings back memories of a great time.that will always make it my favorite

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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13 What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

What a great guitar MASTERPIECE

Just a great REM song. With great "raw" sounding vocals and guitar.

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.

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

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14 Fall on Me

Arguably R.E.M's first hit. Great song. - Metarock

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

Top quality

Encapsulates REM's musical style and political activity.

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15 Find the River

Can listen to this over and over and over for ever, the words, the music, the voice. There’s something haunting about it! Love it.

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.

I remember hearing that this song was rems final song but I found out that it wasn't it would still make a great farewell song as it is so amazing and it provides such a good message

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

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16 Imitation of Life

Best melody of all REM songs, emotional, sad and happy at the same time.

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 has been my favorite song of all time since its release. Sure, I was a teenager then, but it still painfully applies to adulthood.

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.

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17 Let 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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18 Driver 8

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

I agree that this should be in the top 5 at least. One of their best.

Good guitar, super bass!

So so good - the various guitar sections are all such a joy to listen to and play! The lyrics capture that olde time American feel

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19 Country Feedback

One of the best R.E.M. song, my favorite one, associating great music with incredible lyrics, simply fantastic.

Not just REM's best, one of the best songs ever written.

I love the guitar solo on the version from R.E.M. 's Road Movie sound track.


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20 Try Not to Breathe

I'm amazed at how many great songs are on this list. I voted for this one because I think it's too good for 57th place. It's a beautiful song that hits me in the feels. Probably my favorite song from Automatic. - Gg2000

Probably the best song on Automatic. Makes me feel like I'm floating on air.

Back vocal is killing it!

Wonderful song!

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21 Gardening at Night

How is this at 0% still? One of, if not the best R.E.M song. Lovely early college rock/jangle pop. Michael's vocals and Peter's guitar on this one are really nice.

0%?! First proper R.E.M. song - hardly surpassed!

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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22 Superman

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.

Underrated song. Should be in top 10

Should be top ten, at worst top 20.

college music at its finest

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23 Daysleeper

Very nice song some good lines in there -

The best cut from a criminally underrated album.

The best chorus. So good.

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24 E-Bow the Letter

Beauty personified

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.

Best REM song... truly amazing. Patti Smith works perfectly with Michael. Also last album with the original band.

Such an amazing song

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26 Pretty Persuasion

How can you not like this song?

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27 At My Most Beautiful

I could listen to this song 8000 times and never get tired of it. Great song - CrowdedChisel

R. E. M. nailed a love song. Who'd'a thought?

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28 South Central Rain

Great song! Early REM rules!

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29 Supernatural Superserious

It may be new, but it is so badass - crazyeyes56

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!

One of the most significative song of our time

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30 The 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

Amazing, despite not knowing what he was singing the first hundred times I listened to it

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33 Me in Honey

There are plenty of great tracks to vote for, buy I feel like this one should be higher. It's just simply great to listen to.

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34 Oddfellows Local 151

Just something about this song paints a musical picture of those out of luck struggling to be noticed. Gritty sound and gritty story.

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35 Bad Day

Another great REM song...

Makes my days good...

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36 These 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

Great rocker from Pageant! Only surpassed by Hyena - where is that?

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37 Be Mine

One of the best R.E.M. love songs.

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38 Electrolite

Beautiful song, never get tired of listening to it.

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39 Uberlin

So much emotions in that song. Definitely my favorite.

The first song I heard by them, and still my favourite

One of their best, and last.

The best for me.. Love it..

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40 Leaving New York

Best song from a criminally underrated album in Around The Sun

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"

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44 Turn You Inside-Out

The guitar, the vocals, the drums, everything is amazing.

It's A Cool Song!

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45 (Don't Go Back To) Rockville

One of the most underrated songs ever! Pure brilliance!

My favorite song of theirs. There's just something about it that's so cool.

Surprised, I thought this would be higher.

Awesome song, kept me awake during a long journey

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46 Strange Currencies

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

Peter Buck at his best!

Best song on monster.

Amazing! Sooo underrated...

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48 Leave

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.

Best Lyrics ever written by R.E.M.

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50 World 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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Top Remixes (33)

1. Nightswimming
2. Radio Free Europe
3. Try Not to Breathe
1. Find the River
2. Nightswimming
3. Everybody Hurts
1. Losing My Religion
2. Everybody Hurts
3. Radio Free Europe

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