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A list of the best R.E.M. albums, as voted on by the Ranker community. R.E.M. put out 15 studio albums during the band's 31-year career, beginning with 1983's 'Murmur' and, sadly, ending with the 15th and final album, 'Collapse into Now,' in 2011. In between, R.E.M. released some of the most memorable, greatest alternative rock in music history. R.E.M.'s list of career highlights speaks for itself. Sadly, R.E.M. announced that they'd decided to break up in September of 2011, but fortunately for fans, their music catalog is extensive (and awesome), including some of the best REM songs ever recorded. Which R.E.M. album is the greatest ever? That's certainly subjective, but I wanted to get a general idea from everyone here. I'm including all of R.E.M.'s studio albums, along with a few collections and one (really great) EP. Be sure to vote on your favorite, feel free to comment on the "why" in the comments section, and remember: You can certainly re-rank this list of great R.E.M. albums in any order you choose. R.E.M. is one of the truly great American rock bands. Maybe someday Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and (who knows?) even Bill Berry will decide to reunite. Until then, we've got these albums to keep us company.
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Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

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Murmur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Murmur R.E.M.

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+ - 182 60
Lifes Rich Pageant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

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+ - 176 49
Document is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Document R.E.M.

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+ - 158 51
Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Reckoning R.E.M.

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+ - 135 72
Fables of the Reconstruction is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

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+ - 149 55
Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Green R.E.M.

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+ - 154 70
Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Out of Time R.E.M.

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+ - 138 67
New Adventures in Hi-Fi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

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+ - 138 60
Monster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Monster R.E.M.

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+ - 95 59
Chronic Town is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Chronic Town

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+ - 40 36
Accelerate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Accelerate R.E.M.

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+ - 73 83
Up is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Up R.E.M.

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+ - 66 67
Reveal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Reveal R.E.M.

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+ - 48 32
Dead Letter Office is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Dead Letter Office

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+ - 56 69
Collapse Into Now is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

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+ - 22 24
Unplugged 1991 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Unplugged 1991 R.E.M.

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+ - 21 36
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Around the Sun

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+ - 8 32
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums