Artist: R.E.M. Bio

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R.E.M.


R.E.M. (an acronym for Rapid Eye Movement) was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, that was formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe. One of the first alternative rock bands, R.E.M. was noted for Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe's distinctive vocal quality and obscure lyrics, Mills' melodic basslines and backing vocals, and Berry's tight, economical style of drumming. R.E.M. released its first single—"Radio Free Europe"—in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band's first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single "The One I Love". The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

By the early 1990s, when alternative rock began to experience broad mainstream success, R.E.M. was viewed by subsequent acts such as Nirvana and Pavement as a pioneer of the genre. The band then released its two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), which veered from the band's established sound and catapulted it to international fame. R.E.M.'s 1994 release, Monster, was a return to a more rock-oriented sound, but still continued its run of success. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by three of the band members.

In 1996, R.E.M. re-signed with Warner Bros. for a reported US$80 million, at the time the most expensive recording contract in history. Its 1996 release, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, though critically acclaimed, fared worse commercially than its predecessors. The following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Stipe, Buck, and Mills continued the group as a trio. Through some changes in musical style, the band continued its career into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success, despite having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide and becoming one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.[7] In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility. R.E.M. disbanded amicably in September 2011, announcing the split on its website.


Top Track "R.E.M."

Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

Losing My Religion

1,186,150
8,111,062
Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.

Everybody Hurts

691,889
3,701,536
Man on the Moon - R.E.M.

Man on the Moon

561,350
2,882,501
Shiny Happy People - R.E.M.

Shiny Happy People

508,583
2,205,844
Imitation of Life - R.E.M.

Imitation of Life

417,192
2,100,515
Nightswimming - R.E.M.

Nightswimming

388,206
1,937,181
Orange Crush - R.E.M.

Orange Crush

366,395
1,615,716
The One I Love - R.E.M.

The One I Love

358,746
1,658,758
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite - R.E.M.

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

358,169
1,491,973
Drive - R.E.M.

Drive

341,880
1,550,868
Bad Day - R.E.M.

Bad Day

292,854
1,407,547
Stand - R.E.M.

Stand

259,259
1,006,254
The Great Beyond - R.E.M.

The Great Beyond

258,064
1,121,118
Daysleeper - R.E.M.

Daysleeper

225,179
978,033
Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.

Radio Free Europe

224,409
880,968
Electrolite - R.E.M.

Electrolite

224,087
883,188
Sweetness Follows - R.E.M.

Sweetness Follows

216,745
787,183
At My Most Beautiful - R.E.M.

At My Most Beautiful

211,045
917,835
Find the River - R.E.M.

Find the River

203,320
815,325
Try Not to Breathe - R.E.M.

Try Not to Breathe

193,349
804,351
E-bow the Letter - R.E.M.

E-bow the Letter

191,547
835,665
Monty Got a Raw Deal - R.E.M.

Monty Got a Raw Deal

172,363
624,602
Ignoreland - R.E.M.

Ignoreland

160,776
578,641
Radio Song - R.E.M.

Radio Song

158,416
505,007
Half a World Away - R.E.M.

Half a World Away

157,262
557,122
All The Right Friends - R.E.M.

All The Right Friends

156,915
538,850
Star Me Kitten - R.E.M.

Star Me Kitten

154,185
522,927
Near Wild Heaven - R.E.M.

Near Wild Heaven

148,469
534,004
Talk About the Passion - R.E.M.

Talk About the Passion

143,188
537,955
Country Feedback - R.E.M.

Country Feedback

141,155
510,709
Supernatural Superserious - R.E.M.

Supernatural Superserious

140,965
768,662
Animal - R.E.M.

Animal

139,553
474,086
Leaving New York - R.E.M.

Leaving New York

138,819
673,303
Fall on Me - R.E.M.

Fall on Me

137,028
575,927
All the Way to Reno - R.E.M.

All the Way to Reno

136,567
501,029
Low - R.E.M.

Low

131,486
439,450
Finest Worksong - R.E.M.

Finest Worksong

122,238
428,955
Belong - R.E.M.

Belong

120,651
388,951
Perfect Circle - R.E.M.

Perfect Circle

117,511
419,284
Texarkana - R.E.M.

Texarkana

117,103
404,064
Driver 8 - R.E.M.

Driver 8

114,867
446,744
Endgame - R.E.M.

Endgame

110,461
340,662
Me in Honey - R.E.M.

Me in Honey

109,777
366,504
So. Central Rain - R.E.M.

So. Central Rain

106,263
404,415
Bang and Blame - R.E.M.

Bang and Blame

106,155
408,051
Sitting Still - R.E.M.

Sitting Still

102,018
367,845