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Greatest Albums The Best R.E.M. Albums  

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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
246 87
Murmur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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2
299 86
Automatic for the People is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

3
213 73
Lifes Rich Pageant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

4
205 66
Document is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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5
187 68
Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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6
158 87
Fables of the Reconstruction is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

7
180 70
Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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8
185 81
Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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9
169 76
New Adventures in Hi-Fi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

10
118 66
Chronic Town is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Chronic Town

11
171 71
Monster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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12
92 92
Up is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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13
53 48
Accelerate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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14
83 78
Reveal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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15
58 40
Dead Letter Office is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Dead Letter Office

16
68 80
Collapse Into Now is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums

17
33 27
Unplugged 1991 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
Unplugged 1991 R.E.M.

18
26 48
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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16 47
Around the Sun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R.E.M. Albums
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