Take a look at the below list of R.E.M. Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time till 2017 with new and upcoming songs 2017. Which is your favorite R.E.M’s song? The band has produced lots of songs since the early 80s. They have remained to be a favorite rock band that has achieved enormous success throughout their musical career. Led by Michael Stipe, the band was able to release 63 singles and 15 studio albums. After 1991, the band watched their nine albums hit top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. They may be legends for now, but they started somewhere.
List of Top 10 songs by R.E.M. Till 2017
10. Fall on Me
When producing their fourth album “Life’s Rich Pageant,” R.E.M had to include “Fall on Me.” It is one of the singles on their 1986 album and stood at number 94 on Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song is socially conscious. Originally, it was about acid rain, but overall, it was about oppression themes.
9. Perfect Circle
R.E.M’s 1983 album “Murmur” (the debut album) was propulsive, mysterious and different from the other albums of that time. “Perfect Circle” showed the album’s emotional side. The lyrics covered small tender scenes of the time. Peter Bucks’ 12 string guitar and jangly reverb-loaded piano gave the music an old sound. Mike Mill’s descending baselines in the song’s chorus deepened the melancholy. The chief producer of this song was drummer Bill Berry who also wrote the band’s best-known song: “Everybody Hurts’, around one decade later.
8. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?
A great hit of the 90s! But in addition to that “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” was the band’s first song on the “Monster” album. On Billboard Hot 100 this song stood at number 21. Still, it was the band’s first song to debut at number one on Modern Rock charts. The title of this song referred to news anchor Dan Rather attack in the year 1986.
7. The One I Love
A song on “Document” album, “The One I Love,” hit number 9 on US Billboard Hot 100 chart. What’s more, it has remained to be one of R.E.M’s most recognized songs. People thought it to be a love song; but according to the band, it is more about abusive love and violence.
6. Orange Crush
R.E.M is also known for approaching social and political issues courageously in their songs. “Orange Crush” – a song they produced in 1988 – is a good example of that. The song on their album, “Green,” stood at number 1 on modern rock charts for the longest time (eight weeks). According to the band, this song referred to Agent Orange chemical warfare highly used during Vietnam War.
5. Gardening at Night
‘Gardening at Night’ is R.E.M’s song recorded in 1982 for their “EP Chronic Town.” People believe that the band wrote this song while in the front yard of Oconee Street Church, Athens. According to Peter Buck, at this time of the band’s career, their musical routine was a six-pack of bear and three chords. The song’s title served as an inspiration for the band’s publishing company’s name: Night Garden Music. The band has already released four studio recordings of the song, and you can easily find the original version of “Dead Letter Office” CD edition. R.E.M also performed this song at their initiation into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. A band member, singer Michael Stipe, also dedicated it to his father.
4. Man on the Moon
‘Man on the Moon’ was a tribute to Andy Kaufman (a comedian). R.E.M released it on their 1992 album “Automatic for the People.” Luckily, it stood at number 31 on Billboard Hot 100 charts. The band highly referenced Kaufman’s brilliant career, and also the song is used as a soundtrack on “Kaufman” movie. This is one of the R.E.M. Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
3. The World Leader Pretend
“Green” was R.E.M’s first album after they moved to Warner Bros and possibly, the album which contained four huge singles is one of their greatest works. However, the band didn’t release “World Leader Pretend,” one of the tracks on the album, as a single. It was a war that took place within and also a testimonial to Leonard Cohen.
‘Stand’ was another great hit on R.E.M’s 1988 “Green” album. At peaked at number 6 on Billboard Hot 100 charts in addition to being a favorite song in the band’s mainstream history. Stipe once said that they were producing the song as a bubblegum pop song equated to songs by The Archies and The Monkees.
1. ‘It’s the End of the World as We know It (And I Feel Fine)’
Possibly, this is the best R.E.M’s song. Released in the year 1987 from the “Document” album, the success of the song owed to higher radio play in addition to the critically hailed music video. It stood at number 16 on Billboard 100 charts.
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1. Carnival of Sorts
This song is an equivalent of the more celebrated “Gardening at Night” and “Radio Free Europe.” Anyone can dance to the driving but also thoroughly danceable beats from Mike Mills and Berry. Stipe also delivered the song’s lyrics in a perfect way.
A soundtrack motivated by time. It’s an anxiety-filled first order dirge. Stipe’s mournful “Don’t talk to me about being alone,” is as arrant as it’s haunting. Considering “Automatic for the People” and “Out of Time” era R.E.M, the song is a welcome to most people’s ears.
3. Letter Never Sent
‘Letter Never Sent’ is an all-time R.E.M’S classic. Guitarist Peter Buck kicked it off with driving riffs while syncopated rhythm dominates the entire song. The band’s lead singer Michael Stipe sang from an addled mind about catacombs and his college town before bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry joined him in singing.
R.E.M didn’t produce most of their songs as singles. “Flowers of Guatemala,” “Cuyahoga,” and “Harbourcoat” are among the most overlooked since the band buried them and other great hits overshadowed them. The other reason why the songs are ignored is that the band released them when its fame was on the decline. Even R.E.M fans didn’t like some of the songs.