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R.E.M.-EMBERING MY TOP 31

Gary,

When youfor readers' favorite R.E.M. songs, in honor of their 31 years together, I couldn't pass it up. It was difficult, however, to limit my list to just 31 titles.

It also reminded me of an ad in Billboard highlighting odd chart facts about the group's 1991 album, "Out of Time," which to-date, is the only album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 before and after the May 25, 1991, advent of SoundScan sales data. It also highlighted that a dance remix of "Losing My Religion" (which I've since found) hit No. 1 in Germany.

In chronological order, here are my top 31:

From the "Chronic Town" EP (1982): "Gardening at Night"

"Murmur" (1983): "Radio Free Europe," "Laughing" (the latter song would be in my top 10 if I compiled this list in order of my favorites)

"Reckoning" (1984): "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)," "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville"

"Fables of the Reconstruction" (1985): "Driver 8," "Can't Get There From Here"

"Life's Rich Pageant" (1986; my favorite '80s R.E.M. album): "Fall on Me," "Cuyahoga," "The Flowers of Guatemala," "Superman"

"Dead Letter Office," a B-sides and rarities compilation (1987): "Crazy" (originally by the fellow Athens, Ga., band Pylon)

"Document" (1987): "Strange," "It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)"

"The One I Love" (12" single, 1987): "The One I Love" (acoustic version, recorded live at McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, Ca., May 24, 1987)

"Made in Heaven" soundtrack (1987; also on 1988's "Eponymous"): "Romance"

"Finest Worksong" (12" single, 1988): "Finest Worksong (Lengthy Club Mix)"

"Green" (1988): "Orange Crush"

"Pop Song 89" 7" single (1989): "Pop Song 89" (acoustic version)

"Out of Time" (1991): "Losing My Religion," "Near Wild Heaven," "Belong"

"Automatic for the People" (1992) (like you, Gary, this is my favorite R.E.M. album; I could list them all, but I'll settle on these): "Sweetness Follows," "Man on the Moon," "Nightswimming," "Find the River"

"Up" (1998): "Lotus," "At My Most Beautiful" (the latter also among my 10 favorite R.E.M. songs)

"Man on the Moon" soundtrack (1999): "The Great Beyond"

"Accelerate" (2008): "Supernatural Superserious," "Hollow Man"

Thank you, Gary, for all you do, and thank you Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe for all you did!

Ron Raymond, Jr.
Host/Producer, "stuck in the 80s"
WMPG, Portland, Maine

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