The Best R.E.M. Albums Albums
Ultimate List
20  items 1,736 votes 298 voters 23,399 views more info

The Best R.E.M. Albums

List Criteria: Studio albums only - no live or greatest hits

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.
  • 10 ReRanks
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 109
    Down 37

    the people's #1 & most listed R.E.M.

    open
  2. 4
    Up 89
    Down 28

    R.E.M.

    open
  3. 5
    Up 78
    Down 39

    R.E.M.

    open
  4. 3
    Up 96
    Down 27

    R.E.M.

    open
  5. 6
    Up 96
    Down 26

    R.E.M.

    open
  6. 9
    Up 81
    Down 31

    R.E.M.

    open
  7. 8
    Up 77
    Down 38

    R.E.M.

    open
  8. 2
    Up 142
    Down 39

    R.E.M.

    open
  9. 11
    Up 72
    Down 32

    ranked low on reranks R.E.M.

    open
  10. 10
    Up 69
    Down 44

    R.E.M.

    open
  11. 14
    Up 38
    Down 46

    R.E.M.

    open
  12. 13
    Up 37
    Down 38

    R.E.M.

    open
  13. 12
    Up 5
    Down 4

    R.E.M.

    open
  14. 15
    Up 8
    Down 4

    added by looksharp Live at the Olympia in Dublin R.E.M.

    open
  15. 18
    Up 26
    Down 44

    often listed & ranked high on reranks R.E.M.

    open
  16. 17
    Up 4
    Down 7
    No image

    Unplugged 1991 R.E.M.

    open
  17. 20
    Up 17
    Down 16
    No image

    new! Dead Letter Office

    open
  18. 16
    Up 6
    Down 5
    No image

    added by looksharp Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions

    open
  19. 7
    Up 50
    Down 29
    No image

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Chronic Town

    open
  20. 19
    Up 6
    Down 8
    No image

    added by JonahCorren Around the Sun

    open
21 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists