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How hard would it be to name R.E.M.'s Top 20 songs?! Paste magazine gives it a shot. Here's their Top 20, plus a link (the writer gives a small blurb for each song):

 

1. Talk About the Passion

2. Driver 8

3. Swan Swan H

4. Nightswimming

5. Finest Worksong

6. Losing My Religion

7. Don't Go Back to Rockville

8. So. Central Rain

9. Radio Free Europe

10. It's The End of the World...

11. Everydoby Hurts

12. Fall On Me

13. 7 Chinese Bros.

14. Man on the Moon

15. Gardening At Night

16. What's the Frequency Kenneth

17. Cuyahoga

18. World Leader Pretend

19. These Days

20. King of Birds

 

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2009/07/the-20-best-rem-songs-of-all-time.html

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How hard would it be to name R.E.M.'s Top 20 songs?! Paste magazine gives it a shot. Here's their Top 20, plus a link (the writer gives a small blurb for each song):

 

1. Talk About the Passion

2. Driver 8

3. Swan Swan H

4. Nightswimming

5. Finest Worksong

6. Losing My Religion

7. Don't Go Back to Rockville

8. So. Central Rain

9. Radio Free Europe

10. It's The End of the World...

11. Everydoby Hurts

12. Fall On Me

13. 7 Chinese Bros.

14. Man on the Moon

15. Gardening At Night

16. What's the Frequency Kenneth

17. Cuyahoga

18. World Leader Pretend

19. These Days

20. King of Birds

 

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2009/07/the-20-best-rem-songs-of-all-time.html

 

 

Here we go again! I Believe, Harborcoat, Sitting Still and Find the River should 100% be on the top 20 list...Newest song on the list is from Monster?

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Here we go again! I Believe, Harborcoat, Sitting Still and Find the River should 100% be on the top 20 list...Newest song on the list is from Monster?

 

So should "Wolves, Lower".

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How about the startling omission of "Country Feedback" on this list? (grunt)

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Understandably omitted, but still among MY favorites:

"Texarkana"

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While lists in general are just conversation fodder, count how many (and which) songs this guy thinks are better than "Pilgrimage" (their best song). The nausea starts with Finest Worksong, which blows. By the time I get to the World Leader Pretends of this list, its time to projectile vomit. This could almost be called the top 20 most randomly selected REM songs.

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While lists in general are just conversation fodder, count how many (and which) songs this guy thinks are better than "Pilgrimage" (their best song). The nausea starts with Finest Worksong, which blows. By the time I get to the World Leader Pretends of this list, its time to projectile vomit. This could almost be called the top 20 most randomly selected REM songs.

 

 

Agreed.

 

REM were a massive part of the soundtrack of my life during my late teens into my early twenties (as I suspect was the case for quite a few board members here also.) . I went to Uni (in Britain) for my first year when "Document" was released and have been a really big REM fan since the release of "Life's Rich Pageant". I'd get a massive rush going to record fairs at 16 or 17 to get hold of bootleg videos and tapes. As such, on a subjective and emotional level REM's early days are peerless to me. I'd say that such a list has to include "Sitting Still", "Harborcoat", "Feeling Gravity's Pull", "These Days" and "Cuyohoga". I'd also say that I love the "NAIHF" songs "Binky The Doormat" and "Undertow" with a passion (especially the live b-side versions). I think "You're In the Air" from "Up" is one of REM's most underrated songs and "Living Well's The Best Revenge" from "Accelerate" deserves consideration. I

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Not sure if I'm going to mention 20, but here it goes, a personal ranking in no particular order:

 

1. Living well is the best revenge

2. I Believe

3. Drive

4. Fall on me

5. All the Best

6. New test leper

7. Bittersweet me

8. Be mine

9. She just wants to be

10. Sing for the submarine

11. Until the day is done

12. Why not smile?

13. Daysleeper

14. The worst joke ever

15. Final straw

16. Harbourcoat

17. Talk about the passion

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1 Be Mine

2 Try Not to Breathe

3 Talk About the Passion

4 Country Feedback

5 Fall on Me

6 I Took Your Name

7 Night Swimming

8 Perfect Circle

9 Drive

10 Why Not Smile

11 Feeling Gravitys Pull

12 I've Been High

13 All the Right Friends

14 E-bow the Letter

15 Strange Curtencies

16 Sweetness Follows

17 Let Me In

18 Driver 8

19 Letter Never Sent

20 Chorus & the Ring

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So. Central Rain

Fall On Me

Talk About the Passion

Fall On Me

Wolves, Lower

7 Chinese Brothers

Texarcana

and some more when I feel like actually putting some effort into it.

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Can't resist. Nightswimming is the best, everything else in no particular order:

Nightswimming
Perfect Circle
Life and how to Live it
Wolves
Flowers Of Guatemala
So. Central Rain
Driver 8
Begin The Begin
I Believe
King Of Birds
Disturbance At The Heron House
Hairshirt
You Are The Everything
Belong
Me In Honey
Man On The Moon
Electrolite
Undertow
It Happened Today
Sad Professor

Havent listened to R.E.M. in a while. Putting together this list is getting me in the mood to dive into the catalog for a few weeks. If you haven't heard it, check out this Beat Happening cover they put on the Hollow man single. Just tremendous. Has kind of a VU feel, love the slow build.:

 

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I like Hollow Man, forgot to put it in my list. I think a lot of R.E.M. songs define me as a person and I relate to them, not because of the lyrics exactly but because of the emotion Stipe puts into the performance, Hollow Man is just one of those songs.

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpqbPJwOLH4

 

By the way it has become almost impossible to find a mint copy of the Hollow Man single. Unfortunately when I wanted to order they had ran out of stock on amazon.

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Understandably omitted, but still among MY favorites:

"Texarkana"

We used to cover that song in one of my old bands.

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in no particular order, although I the top 10 are the top 10...

 

You Are the Everything

Begin the Begin

Flowers of Guatemala

Perfect Circle

Leave

Half a World Away

7 Chinese Brothers

Saturn Return

The Wrong Child

Endgame

 

What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

Can't Get There From Here

World Leader Pretend

Swan Swan H

Binky the Doormat

Low

All the Way to Reno

Daysleeper

Country Feedback

Superman

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1 Be Mine

 

Glad to see Be Mine so high in your list, I personally think New Adventures in Hi Fi is their best album, and the instrumental section of Be Mine is epic.

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Glad to see Be Mine so high in your list, I personally think New Adventures in Hi Fi is their best album, and the instrumental section of Be Mine is epic.

 

I do love NAIHF, so many good songs... it comes and goes out of my top 3 REM albums. Sometimes I find that it's just a couple of songs too long. And Leave... I have to be in the right mood to put up with 7 minutes of those 'sirens'.

 

I might attempt an REM albums ranking in the next couple of days

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