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R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular alternative rock bands, R.E.M. were noted for Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe's particular vocal quality, and Mills' melodic basslines and backing vocals. R.E.M. released their 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 the three 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 expected. 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 records worldwide and becoming one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time. 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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Murmur R.E.M. 4.2 14
1984 Reckoning R.E.M. 3.5 12
1985 Fables of the Reconstruction R.E.M. 4.2 11
1986 Lifes Rich Pageant R.E.M. 4.15 13
1987 Document R.E.M. 4 16
1988 Green R.E.M. 4 9
1991 Out of Time R.E.M. 3.5 12
1992 Automatic for the People R.E.M. 3.7 9
1994 Monster R.E.M. 4 10
1996 New Adventures in Hi‐Fi R.E.M. 3 9
1998 Up R.E.M. 3.65 5
2001 Reveal R.E.M. 3 8
2004 Around the Sun R.E.M. 2 5
2008 Accelerate R.E.M. 3.85 6
2011 Collapse Into Now R.E.M. 3.35 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Dead Letter Office R.E.M. 5
1988 Eponymous R.E.M. 3.5 10
1989 Singleactiongreen R.E.M. 1
1991 The Best of R.E.M. R.E.M. 2
1993 The Automatic Box R.E.M. 3 1
1994 Singles Collected R.E.M. 1
1997 Essential R.E.M.: R.E.M. in the Attic (Alternative Recordings 1985–89) R.E.M. 1
2000 Greatest Hits R.E.M. 1
2002 21th Century Masters: The Best of R.E.M. - The Millenium Collection R.E.M. 1
2003 In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003 R.E.M. 4.6 7
2004 iTunes Originals: R.E.M. R.E.M. 1
2006 And I Feel Fine… The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982–1987 R.E.M. 4 4
2011 Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982–2011 R.E.M. 6
2014 Complete Warner Bros. Rarities 1988–2011 R.E.M. 1
2014 Complete Rarities - I.R.S. 1982–1987 R.E.M. 1
2015 The Spirit of Radio (Classic Broadcast Recordings) R.E.M. 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Collection R.E.M. 1
2014 Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions R.E.M. 4
2014 Unplugged 1991 R.E.M. 1
2014 Unplugged 2001 R.E.M. 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Perfect Square R.E.M. 1
2007 Live R.E.M. 3
2009 Live at the Olympia R.E.M. 3
Legend of Rock R.E.M. 1
MTV Unplugged R.E.M. 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Radio Free Europe R.E.M. 4
1983 Talk About the Passion R.E.M. 1
1984 (Don't Go Back To) Rockville R.E.M. 1
1984 S. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) R.E.M. 1
1986 Fall on Me R.E.M. 2
1987 It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine) R.E.M. 3
1987 The One I Love R.E.M. 4
1988 Finest Worksong R.E.M. 2
1988 1988 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
1989 Stand R.E.M. 4
1989 1989 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
1989 Orange Crush R.E.M. 1
1990 1990 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
1991 Losing My Religion R.E.M. 5
1991 Shiny Happy People R.E.M. 4
1991 Radio Song R.E.M. 3 2
1991 1991 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
1991 Losing My Religion / Shiny Happy People R.E.M. 1
1991 Near Wild Heaven R.E.M. 1
1992 Drive R.E.M. 4
1992 1992 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
1992 Man on the Moon R.E.M. 4
1993 The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite R.E.M. 4 3
1993 Everybody Hurts R.E.M. 6
1993 1993 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
1993 Find the River R.E.M. 1
1993 Nightswimming R.E.M. 2
1994 What's the Frequency, Kenneth? R.E.M. 3
1994 Bang and Blame R.E.M. 3
1994 1994 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
1994 Tongue R.E.M. 4
1995 Crush With Eyeliner R.E.M. 2
1995 Strange Currencies R.E.M. 3 3
1995 1995 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
1996 E-Bow the Letter R.E.M. 4
1996 Bittersweet Me R.E.M. 2 4
1996 Electrolite R.E.M. 4
1996 1996 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
1997 1997 Fanclub Single Pearl Jam / R.E.M. 1
1997 How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us R.E.M. 2
1998 Daysleeper R.E.M. 3 5
1998 Lotus R.E.M. 3
1999 At My Most Beautiful R.E.M. 3
1999 Suspicion R.E.M. 3
1999 The Great Beyond R.E.M. 4 7
2000 2000 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
2001 I'll Take the Rain R.E.M. 4
2001 Imitation of Life R.E.M. 3 3
2001 All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star) R.E.M. 2
2001 2001 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
2002 2002 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1
2003 Bad Day R.E.M. 4
2003 2003 Fanclub Single (live, 2003-09-14: Red Rocks) R.E.M. 1
2004 Animal R.E.M. 2
2004 Leaving New York R.E.M. 3
2004 Aftermath R.E.M. 3
2004 2004 Fanclub Single (live, 2004-09-15: St. James Church, London, UK) R.E.M. 1
2005 Electron Blue R.E.M. 3
2005 Wanderlust R.E.M. 2
2007 2007 Fanclub Single R.E.M. 1

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