from Automatic for the People (1992)
There are tons and tons of melancholy alt-rock ballads out there, but rarely is it truly done well. R.E.M. undoubtedly piled on the sappy lyrics and made “Everybody Hurts” a borderline tearjerker.
But the way Michael Stipe sings his heart out and the gripping main guitar riff by Peter Buck makes this song “hold on” in our minds, as Stipe urges the listener to do during the song’s climax.
“Everybody Hurts” would turn out to be the band’s final major hit before their commercial success declined, but the song is timeless and so is the band’s influence on bands that came after them.
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