l to r: Mike Mills, Bill Berry, Michael Stipe, and Peter Buck. Image from TheGuardian.com
R.E.M. formed in Athens, GA. Active 1980-2011. Developed huge following with college audiences in the early 1980s as one of the first "alternative rock" groups. R.E.M. is the abbreviation for Rapid Eye Movement, sleep’s dream stage. Members: Michael Stipe (v), Peter Buck (g), Mike Mills (b), and Bill Berry (d: 80-98). Buck, Mills, and Berry worked with Warren Zevon on the one-time collaboration Hindu Love Gods in 1990. Buck was also in Minus 5 (95).
Their song “Losing My Religion” is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. Their album Automatic for the People (1992) is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.
Check out Dave’s Music Database podcast: The Best of R.E.M., 1981-1987 based on this list. It debuts September 21, 2021 at 7pm CST. Tune in every Tuesday at 7pm for a new episode based on the lists at Dave’s Music Database.
Top 100 Songs
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)
DMDB Top 1%:
DMDB Top 5%:
6. Man on the Moon (1992)
DMDB Top 5%:
7. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (1994) #1 MR
DMDB Top 10%:
10. Fall on Me (1986)
DMDB Top 20%:
18. Driver 8 (1985)
21. Bittersweet Me (1996) #1 AA
31. All I Have to Do Is Dream (1986)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
34. Talk About the Passion (1983)
41. Radio Song (w/ KRS-1, 1991)
51. Catapult (1983)
61. First We Take Manhattan (1991)
71. Aftermath (2004)
81. You Are the Everything (1988)
91. Love Is All Around (1991)
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First posted 9/22/2011; updated 9/18/2021.