We’ve been on something of an R.E.M. kick of late here at Slicing Up Eyeballs HQ, which made it easy to choose the third subject of our new readers poll series that seeks to rank the full recorded output of a given band. After putting the full songlists of The Cure and The Smiths up for votes, we now turn to that most foundational of American college-rock acts.
R.E.M., by our best calculations (and with the help of this exhaustive Wikipedia page), released 282 studio-recorded songs between 1981 (the Hib-Tone release of “Radio Free Europe”) and the band’s break-up in 2011. With your help, we’ll rank those songs, from best to worst, in the coming weeks.
VOTING: Below you’ll find a ballot listing all 282 songs officially released by R.E.M., including all of the Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe originals, plus covers (yes, covers), B-sides, etc. What you won’t find are live recordings (even if, say, it’s a song like “Staring Down the Barrel of the Middle Distance,” released on a live album, but which never saw a studio release), remixes, demos or alternate takes.
You’re welcome to vote for as many as 25 of your favorite songs released by R.E.M.
A few notes on all this:
- We’re somewhat confident that our list of 282 songs is complete, but if there are any missing, there is a write-in option at the bottom of the poll. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to alert us to any omissions, or if you’ve got any questions about song eligibility beyond the rules described above.
- Yes, we’re including covers this time. After omitting them for The Cure and The Smiths polls, we’ve had a change of heart, for a few reasons. For one, R.E.M. recorded many, many more covers than either of those bands, even nestling them alongside originals on their albums. Plus, there’s all those Christmas singles to ponder. They’re simply a larger part of this band’s oeuvre. And, frankly, we wanted to stem off the barrage of complaints from people who couldn’t find “Superman” on the ballot.
- Just to be absolutely clear, since we’re not including mixes or alternate takes, that means there is — for the sake of this poll — no distinction between the Hib-Tone recording of “Radio Free Europe” and the later re-recording. Certainly, this is a fraught subject, and we recognize there are different camps here. But including them as two separate options would only split the vote for that song.
- While you can vote for up to 25 songs, they all will be weighed equally when the results are tallied. But if you’d like to share your ranked Top 25 lists with the rest of the Slicing Up Eyeballs readers, feel free to drop them in the comments below, and make your case.
DEADLINE: Voting ends 5 p.m. EST Friday, July 21, and results will be posted by the end of the month.
Sound good? Then vote away.
(If you have any difficulty using the webform below, go directly to Polldaddy to vote: poll.fm/5tq7f)
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