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About two weeks ago, one of my all-time favorite bands, R.E.M., broke up. :cry: I'm sad to see them go, but all good things must come to an end. And one must admit, they had a great run (31 years). So to honor 31 years of R.E.M., I've decided to share a brief list of my 31 favorite R.E.M. songs.

Check 'em out, look 'em up, they're all great:

31. "Stand"
30. "West Of The Fields"
29. "I Believe"
28. "Driver 8"
27. "Until The Day Is Done"
26. "Pop Song 89"
25. "Alligator, Aviator, Autopilot, Antimatter"
24. "Crush With Eyeliner"
23. "Leave"
22. "Daysleeper"
21. "The One I Love"
20. "Living Well Is The Best Revenge"
19. "Near Wild Heaven"
18. "Drive"
17. "Bang And Blame"
16. "Strange Currencies"
15. "Radio Free Europe"
14. "Orange Crush"
13. "The Great Beyond"
12. "Losing My Religion"
11. "Supernatural Superserious"
10. "Begin The Begin"
9. "E-Bow The Letter"
8. "What's The Frequency, Kenneth"
7. "Man On The Moon"
6. "Me In Honey"
5. "Fall On Me"
4. "Bittersweet Me"
3. "Everybody Hurts"
2. "Nightswimming"
1. "Finest Worksong"

So folks, what are your favorite R.E.M. songs? Of course, you don't need to list 31.

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Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:17 am
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It pains me to say that I was never really a big fan. Surprised that no-one else here is really into them. I appreciate your list though. Makes a good starting point if I ever want to give them a serious listen.


Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:48 pm
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I had a lot of friends that found R.E.M.'s IRS collection "Eponymous" to be the soundtrack of their junior year of high school. This was around the time the band released an album titled "New Adventures in Hi-Fi", an apparent "return-to-form" for a band I never much cared for. Their place in musical history cemented, I won't knock a group that very much mattered. I will say I can only name a few songs that I'd call "good". The early stuff was considerably better than the mid-tempo output that seemed (to me) to define their stuff just as they got really, really popular. Prior to making a list I'll also state, for the record, that "Monster" is a hilariously bad album.

Here are some good R.E.M. songs:

Country Feedback
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight
Exhuming McCarthy
Perfect Circle
Fall On Me
Can't Get There From Here
I Believe

There are probably others but the above are definitely good.


Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:23 pm
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The first song to really expose me to REM was "Losing My Religion". It's a good song. But it's one I've heard way too many times now to ever fully enjoy again.

Best albums:

Murmur
Reckoning
Automatic For The People
Fables Of The Reconstruction
Life's Rich Pageant
Document
Monster
New Adventures In Hi-Fi

While I'm sad to see them go, in a way I give them points for having the courage to pull the plug before pissing on their legacy. While it can be argued that it may have been wiser to ride off into the sunset after New Adventures and Bill Berry's departure, the last two albums they did were a good note to go out on after the medicore Reveal and the boring Around The Sun.

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Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:28 am
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I like a few of their songs, but overall i'm just not all that crazy about them. Oh and "Shiny Happy People" is one of the worst songs i've ever heard, no wonder it ended up on VH1's Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever list.


Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:37 am
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Got into them in the mid-80's. Saw them play once. Got out in the mid-90's. Enjoyed Life's Rich Pageant quite a bit.

Are your 31 songs in any particular order? Many of those listed are pretty good.

A couple off the top of my head:

World Leader Pretend
Superman


Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:55 am
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johnny larue wrote:

Are your 31 songs in any particular order? Many of those listed are pretty good.



The top 10 are what would be my all-time favorite R.E.M. songs. The rest are ones that I really, really like.

I was sad to see them go, but I agree with Jeff that it's good that they got out when the time was right. Their output after New Adventures was kind of spotty; Up and Reveal had their moments but fell short of greatness, and Around The Sun was a stinker. But their last two albums were pretty close to classic R.E.M.

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