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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8,341,909
Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.

Everybody Hurts

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3,770,579
Man on the Moon - R.E.M.

Man on the Moon

568,848
2,931,518
Shiny Happy People - R.E.M.

Shiny Happy People

517,112
2,262,144
Imitation of Life - R.E.M.

Imitation of Life

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2,123,343
Nightswimming - R.E.M.

Nightswimming

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1,964,636
Orange Crush - R.E.M.

Orange Crush

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1,624,123
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite - R.E.M.

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

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1,510,467
The One I Love - R.E.M.

The One I Love

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Drive - R.E.M.

Drive

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Bad Day - R.E.M.

Bad Day

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Stand - R.E.M.

Stand

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1,011,655
The Great Beyond - R.E.M.

The Great Beyond

259,138
1,128,802
Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.

Radio Free Europe

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Daysleeper - R.E.M.

Daysleeper

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Electrolite - R.E.M.

Electrolite

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890,999
Sweetness Follows - R.E.M.

Sweetness Follows

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796,243
At My Most Beautiful - R.E.M.

At My Most Beautiful

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Find the River - R.E.M.

Find the River

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833,598
Try Not to Breathe - R.E.M.

Try Not to Breathe

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E-bow the Letter - R.E.M.

E-bow the Letter

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844,287
Monty Got a Raw Deal - R.E.M.

Monty Got a Raw Deal

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632,899
Ignoreland - R.E.M.

Ignoreland

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586,196
Radio Song - R.E.M.

Radio Song

160,072
512,279
Half a World Away - R.E.M.

Half a World Away

158,714
564,378
All The Right Friends - R.E.M.

All The Right Friends

157,370
541,097
Star Me Kitten - R.E.M.

Star Me Kitten

155,729
529,519
Near Wild Heaven - R.E.M.

Near Wild Heaven

150,341
542,736
Talk About the Passion - R.E.M.

Talk About the Passion

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546,385
Country Feedback - R.E.M.

Country Feedback

142,232
516,901
Supernatural Superserious - R.E.M.

Supernatural Superserious

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773,426
Animal - R.E.M.

Animal

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Leaving New York - R.E.M.

Leaving New York

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679,004
Fall on Me - R.E.M.

Fall on Me

138,044
583,289
All the Way to Reno - R.E.M.

All the Way to Reno

136,737
502,146
Low - R.E.M.

Low

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445,042
Finest Worksong - R.E.M.

Finest Worksong

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433,700
Belong - R.E.M.

Belong

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393,576
Perfect Circle - R.E.M.

Perfect Circle

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426,001
Texarkana - R.E.M.

Texarkana

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409,185
Driver 8 - R.E.M.

Driver 8

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451,580
Endgame - R.E.M.

Endgame

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345,405
Me in Honey - R.E.M.

Me in Honey

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370,935
Bang and Blame - R.E.M.

Bang and Blame

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So. Central Rain - R.E.M.

So. Central Rain

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411,569
Sitting Still - R.E.M.

Sitting Still

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374,428