Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts

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244 – R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts (1993)
Written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe
Produced by Scott Litt and R.E.M.
Label – Warner Bros

Mainly written by drummer Bill Berry, this uplifting ballad sees front man Michael Stipe deliver one of his most straightforward and dynamic vocal performances. Known for his oblique use of words and phrasing, lyrically this is as honest and heartfelt as they get. The drum machine rhythm adds a metronomic beat which ironically actually highlights the warmth of the instrumentation around it. One of just a handful of records that can really tear at the heartstrings. The music copyright society PRS took a recent poll and this was voted as the song most likely to make a grown man cry.

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