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List Rules 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.
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1
266 65
Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

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2
211 76
Murmur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Murmur R.E.M.

3
187 61
Lifes Rich Pageant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

4
182 51
Document is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Document R.E.M.

5
162 53
Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Reckoning R.E.M.

6
137 75
Fables of the Reconstruction is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

7
155 57
Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Green R.E.M.

8
158 72
Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Out of Time R.E.M.

9
144 68
New Adventures in Hi-Fi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

10
147 62
Monster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Monster R.E.M.

11
97 61
Chronic Town is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Chronic Town

12
77 85
Up is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Up R.E.M.

13
41 40
Accelerate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Accelerate R.E.M.

14
70 71
Reveal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Reveal R.E.M.

15
49 35
Dead Letter Office is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Dead Letter Office

16
58 73
Collapse Into Now is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

17
23 26
Unplugged 1991 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Unplugged 1991 R.E.M.

18
22 38
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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19
10 34
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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