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Radio Song
"Radio Song"
R.E.M. - Radio Song.jpg
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Out of Time
"Love Is All Around" (live)
ReleasedOctober 1991 (Germany)
4 November 1991 (UK)
5 November 1991 (U.S.)
RecordedSeptember-October 1990
LabelWarner Bros.
R.E.M. singles chronology

"Radio Song" is the fourth single released by R.E.M. from their 1991 album Out of Time, where it appeared as the opening track.

Lead singer Michael Stipe once said that he hoped everyone had enough sense of humor to realize that he was "kind of taking the piss of everyone," himself included.[1]

Stipe also asked KRS-One, leader of Boogie Down Productions (of which Stipe was a fan), to contribute to the track. He provides some backing vocals for the track, as well as a closing rap, and appears prominently in the video.

Track listing

All songs written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe unless otherwise indicated.

US/UK/Germany 7" / US/UK cassette

  1. "Radio Song" - 4:15
  2. "Love Is All Around" (Reg Presley) (live)1 - 3:15

UK "Collectors' Edition" CD

  1. "Radio Song" - 4:15
  2. "You Are the Everything" (live)3 - 4:43
  3. "Orange Crush" (live)² - 4:03
  4. "Belong" (live)4 - 4:47

US/Germany CD / US 12"/maxi-cassette

  1. "Radio Song (Tower of Luv Bug mix)" - 4:14
  2. "Love Is All Around" (Reg Presley) (live)1 - 3:15
  3. "Belong" (live)4 - 4:07

UK/Germany 12"

  1. "Radio Song" - 4:15
  2. "Love Is All Around" (Reg Presley) (live)1 - 3:15
  3. "Shiny Happy People (Music Mix)"


1 Recorded on Rockline, Los Angeles, California; April 1, 1991.
2 Incorrectly listed as "Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia; November 13, 1989"; actually from Miami Arena, Miami (FL), April 29, 1989.
3 Taken from the live performance video, Tourfilm.
4 Recorded at the Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina; November 10, 1989.

Details for the second and third live recordings (tracks three and four) for "Collectors' Edition" are not provided on the CD materials.


Chart (1991) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 56
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 28


Additional musicians


  1. ^ Black, Johnny (2004). Reveal: The Story of R.E.M. London: Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-776-5.
  2. ^ "The Irish Charts - Search Results - Radio Song". Irish Singles Chart.
  3. ^ " - R.E.M. - Radio Song" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  4. ^ "R.E.M.: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.

External links

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