Artist: R.E.M. Biography

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R.E.M.
R.E.M. 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

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8,213,353
Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.

Everybody Hurts

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Man on the Moon - R.E.M.

Man on the Moon

564,365
2,902,036
Shiny Happy People - R.E.M.

Shiny Happy People

512,063
2,228,555
Imitation of Life - R.E.M.

Imitation of Life

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2,109,838
Nightswimming - R.E.M.

Nightswimming

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1,948,838
Orange Crush - R.E.M.

Orange Crush

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The One I Love - R.E.M.

The One I Love

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1,665,721
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite - R.E.M.

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

359,305
1,499,517
Drive - R.E.M.

Drive

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1,563,513
Bad Day - R.E.M.

Bad Day

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1,411,340
Stand - R.E.M.

Stand

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1,008,684
The Great Beyond - R.E.M.

The Great Beyond

258,521
1,124,400
Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.

Radio Free Europe

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888,384
Daysleeper - R.E.M.

Daysleeper

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981,322
Electrolite - R.E.M.

Electrolite

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886,384
Sweetness Follows - R.E.M.

Sweetness Follows

217,529
790,952
At My Most Beautiful - R.E.M.

At My Most Beautiful

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921,330
Find the River - R.E.M.

Find the River

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823,075
Try Not to Breathe - R.E.M.

Try Not to Breathe

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809,432
E-bow the Letter - R.E.M.

E-bow the Letter

192,139
839,191
Monty Got a Raw Deal - R.E.M.

Monty Got a Raw Deal

173,118
628,115
Ignoreland - R.E.M.

Ignoreland

161,486
581,759
Radio Song - R.E.M.

Radio Song

159,097
508,135
Half a World Away - R.E.M.

Half a World Away

157,846
560,054
All The Right Friends - R.E.M.

All The Right Friends

157,130
539,840
Star Me Kitten - R.E.M.

Star Me Kitten

154,846
525,722
Near Wild Heaven - R.E.M.

Near Wild Heaven

149,227
537,561
Talk About the Passion - R.E.M.

Talk About the Passion

143,879
541,396
Country Feedback - R.E.M.

Country Feedback

141,597
513,158
Supernatural Superserious - R.E.M.

Supernatural Superserious

141,261
770,582
Animal - R.E.M.

Animal

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474,778
Leaving New York - R.E.M.

Leaving New York

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675,775
Fall on Me - R.E.M.

Fall on Me

137,438
579,016
All the Way to Reno - R.E.M.

All the Way to Reno

136,636
501,549
Low - R.E.M.

Low

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441,812
Finest Worksong - R.E.M.

Finest Worksong

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430,960
Belong - R.E.M.

Belong

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390,834
Perfect Circle - R.E.M.

Perfect Circle

118,053
422,104
Texarkana - R.E.M.

Texarkana

117,511
406,077
Driver 8 - R.E.M.

Driver 8

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448,745
Endgame - R.E.M.

Endgame

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342,672
Me in Honey - R.E.M.

Me in Honey

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368,342
So. Central Rain - R.E.M.

So. Central Rain

106,721
407,196
Bang and Blame - R.E.M.

Bang and Blame

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410,855
Sitting Still - R.E.M.

Sitting Still

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370,391