R.E.M. (Athens, US rock band)

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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 guitar style (in which he played the notes of a chord one at a time–arpeggio–rather than all together), Stipe's distinctive vocal quality and obscure lyrics, Mills' melodic basslines and backing vocals and Berry's tight but 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 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Knuffelrock 11 Various Artists 1
1999 Las 101 mejores canciones del planeta Tierra Various Artists 1
1999 Modern Rock: 1986-1987 Various Artists 1
1999 Modern Rock: 1988–1989 Various Artists 1
1999 Monitor This! Fall 1999 Various Artists 1
1999 The Greatest Hits of the 90s: The Story of the Decade Various Artists 1
1999 Time 100, Volume 2: The Music of Our Lives 1980–1999 Various Artists 1
2000 On the Edge Various Artists 3 2
2000 Fetenhits: The Real Classics 4 Various Artists 1
2000 Why? 2K Various Artists 1
2000 Totally Hits 2 Various Artists 1
2000 Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1987 Various Artists 1
2000 Fetenhits: Party Rock Classics Various Artists 1
2000 Mantra Mix Various Artists 2
2000 Platin: The Very Best Of Various Artists 1
2000 Alternative Times, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2000 Best of Super Stars, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2000 Donna's Top 2000, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2000 Las 101 mejores baladas del universo Various Artists 1
2000 Modern Rock: Early 80's Various Artists 1
2000 Rock On Baby Various Artists 1
2000 Simply the Best Various Artists 1
2000 Studio Brussel: Klas X Various Artists 1
2000 The All Time Greatest Rock Songs, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2000 TMF Rockzone 3 Various Artists 1
2001 Ö3 Greatest Hits, Volume 13 Various Artists 1
2001 Glorious Various Artists 1
2001 Promo Only: Mainstream Radio, May 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 Alternative Times, Volume 14 Various Artists 1
2001 Simply the Best Superstars Various Artists 3
2001 Essential Tracks Various Artists 1
2001 The Chillout Various Artists 1
2001 Ö3 Greatest Hits, Volume 14 Various Artists 1
2001 Promo Only Canada: Modern Rock Radio, June 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 20 Years of Pop Music Various Artists 1 1
2001 Q: Essential Drive Various Artists 1
2001 Absolute Music 37 Various Artists 3 1
2001 De Afrekening, Volume 25 Various Artists 1
2001 Alternative Moments II Various Artists 4 1
2001 Plus de tubes 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 Absolute 2001: The Hits of 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 Millennium Gold Various Artists 1
2001 Simply the Best Movie Album Various Artists 2
2001 Platin: The Very Best Of, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2001 Absolute Music 38 Various Artists 3 1
2001 X-treme Big Hits 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 Oor 1981-1990: 10 jaar popmuziek Various Artists 1
2001 Best of 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 100% Hits: Summer Hits 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 Het beste uit de Mega Top 100 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 KFOG Fresh New Music Various Artists 1
2001 Modern Rock - The Mid '90s Various Artists 1
2001 Modern Rock: Love Songs Various Artists 1
2001 Mr Music Hits 2001-12 Various Artists 1
2001 New York City, September 11, 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 Platin Volume 11 Various Artists 1
2001 The Ultimate Hit Collection: The Hits Vol. 7 Various Artists 1
2001 Tijdloze Honderd, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2001 Top 40 Hitdossier 1991-1992 Various Artists 1
2002 Love So Strong Various Artists 1
2002 GRAMMY Nominees 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Brit Awards 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 80er: Alternative Eighties, Volume 01 Various Artists 1
2002 Triple J: Hottest 100, Volume 9 Various Artists 2
2002 Triple M's New Stuff, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 Fette Party - Fun-Rock-Power Various Artists 1
2002 CMJ New Music Monthly, Volume 101: May 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Ö3 Greatest Hits, Volume 18 Various Artists 1
2002 Sounds Eclectic Too Various Artists 1
2002 The Very Best of 94.7: Highveld Stereo’s Top 8 @ 8 Various Artists 1
2002 The Ultimate Teen Flick Soundtrack Various Artists 1
2002 Absolute Hits 2001 Various Artists 1
2002 Big Shiny 90s Various Artists 1
2002 Donna Celebrates a Decennium of Hits Various Artists 1
2002 Feel So Good Various Artists 1
2002 KFOG: Live From The Archives 9 Various Artists 1
2002 Knuffelrock 14 Various Artists 1
2002 Me gusta conducir Various Artists 1
2002 Som da Frente: 1982–1986 Various Artists 1
2002 Take 40 Platinum Various Artists 1
2002 The Best Alternative Album ...Ever! Various Artists 1
2002 Top of the Year 2002 Various Artists 1
2003 The Very Best of MTV Unplugged 2 Various Artists 3 1
2003 Q: The Album Various Artists 1
2003 Strange and Beautiful Various Artists 1
2003 Ö3 Greatest Hits 21 Various Artists 1
2003 Power Ballads: The Greatest Driving Anthems in the World... Ever! Various Artists 2
2003 Q Presents: Glastonbury 2003 Various Artists 1
2003 Folk Heroes Various Artists 1
2003 Good Vibes: The Jingly Jangly Sound of Summer Various Artists 1
2003 Songs From the Street: 35 Years of Music Sesame Street 1
2003 The Big Noise Artists in Support of Make Trade Fair 1
2003 Bitter Sweet Love Songs Various Artists 1
2003 The Best Bands... Ever! 2004 Various Artists 1
2003 Tunesmith: The Songs of Jimmy Webb Various Artists 1
2003 The Best Air Guitar Album in the World… III Various Artists 1
2003 The Ultimate Chick Flick Love Songs Various Artists 1
2003 Big Shiny 90s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 Pop Rock Station Various Artists 1
2003 Power Ballads Various Artists 1

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