Thursday, March 10, 2011

R.E.M. The 20 Best Songs

This week marks the release of R.E.M.'s fifteenth studio album! Collapse Into Now hit the shelves on March 8th. I've been preparing a Best of R.E.M. list over the last few months to share with you this week. It was tough to narrow it down to 15, so there are 20 picks. 

If you'd like to listen to the songs featured in this list, scroll down to the bottom for a Spotify playlist. As always, please share your own picks in the comments section.


20.  Harborcoat
From the album Reckoning (1984)

19.  Shaking Through
From the album Murmur (1983)

18.  What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Released as single; appeared on the album Monster (1994)


17.  The Flowers of Guatemala
From the album Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)

16.  Gardening at Night
From the EP Chronic Town (1982)

15.  You are the Everything
From the album Green (1988)


14.  Cuyahoga
From the album Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)

13.  Near Wild Heaven
Released as single; appeared on the album Out of Time (1991)

12.  The One I Love
Released as single; appeared on the album Document (1987)


11.  Radio Free Europe
Released as single (1981) & (1983) re-recorded; appeared on the album Murmur (1983)

10.  Losing My Religion
Released as single; appeared on the album Out of Time (1991)

09.  Sitting Still
From the album Murmur (1983)


08.  At My Most Beautiful
Released as single (1999); appeared on the album Up (1998)

07.  7 Chinese Bros.
From the album Reckoning (1984)

06.  Perfect Circle
From the album Murmur (1983)


05.  Imitation of Life
Released as single; appeared on the album Reveal (2001)

04.  So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
From the album Reckoning (1984)

03.  Nightswimming
Released as single (1993); appeared on the album Automatic for the People (1992)


02.  Talk About the Passion
Released as single; appeared on the album Murmur (1983)

01.  Driver 8
Released as single; appeared on the album Fables of the Reconstruction (1985)




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3 comments:

  1. There are some really good songs in this list, though i am surprised that Driver 8 came first. You are the everything and Talk about the passion are probably my most favs from this list. Personally i think Circus Envy, Country Feedback, Aftermath, Try not to breathe, Let me in, and E-bow the letter are some of their really good ones. In fact Country Feedback is one of my favourite songs out of everything.

    I can really see why you had trouble making your list!

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  2. Great picks Bret! One you should add to the list is "The Great Beyond" from the Man On The Moon soundtrack, such an awesome song!!

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  3. Peter! Thanks for stopping by. It's been a while since I've listened to 'The Great Beyond.' I will have to give it a spin this week. Cheers! Bret

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