Let's R.E.M.-ember: 31 Billboard Chart Milestones Over The Band's 31-Year Career

After more than three decades and 15 studio albums, alternative cornerstone
AA s previously reported, alternative cornerstone R.E.M. announced its breakup yesterday after more than three decades and 15 albums.

In celebration of the band's 31 years, here are 31 chart highlights that narrate the storyline of the group's many successes on Billboard surveys.

Oct. 15, 1994
Sporting a crunchier sound, "Monster" becomes R.E.M.'s second album to crown the Billboard 200 - and the only one to begin at the summit. The set has sold 2.9 million copies to-date.

Oct. 22, 1994
The hits keep coming: "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" completes a five-week stay atop Alternative Songs. Follow-up "Bang and Blame" would go on to lead the list for three weeks.

Sept. 28, 1996
"New Adventures in Hi-Fi" enters the Billboard 200 at No. 2. Brooding, experimental lead single "E-Bow the Letter," featuring Patti Smith, would reach No. 2 on Alternative Songs. The hookier "Bittersweet Me" would rise to No. 28 on Pop Songs; the cut, however, would mark R.E.M.'s last visit to the mainstream top 40 radio tally.

Nov. 14, 1998
"Up" opens at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. With R.E.M., now a trio following drummer Bill Berry's amicable departure to take up the quieter life of farming, having graduated to a home base at adult alternative radio, the swaying "Daysleeper" would go on to top the Triple A chart for two weeks.

Dec. 25, 1999
As the band feted Andy Kauffman in its hit "Man on the Moon," the movie of the same name about the late comedian is accompanied by a sequel song. "The Great Beyond" begins an eight-week rule on Triple A.

June 2, 2001
R.E.M. reaches the Billboard 200's top 10 in a third decade, as "Reveal" debuts at No. 6. "Around the Sun" would follow in 2004 (No. 13) and "Accelerate" would charge in at No. 2 in 2008. The lead single from the lattermost set, "Supernatural Superserious," would mark the group's return to Alternative Songs after a seven-year gap, advancing to No. 21.

March 26, 2011
R.E.M.'s final studio album, "Collapse Into Now," jumps aboard the Billboard 200 at No. 5. First track "Mine Smell Like Honey" would peak at No. 8 on Triple A and follow-up "Uberlin," No. 26. In a closing piece of chart symmetry, the band's final single spent its last week on the chart dated May 14, 2011 ... 28 years to the day after R.E.M. made its first appearance on a Billboard chart.