Everybody Hurts (4:56)

Cover of In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003

From In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 and 99 other releases

“Everybody Hurts” is a song by R.E.M., originally released on the band’s 1992 album Automatic for the People and was also released as a single in 1993. It peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on the UK Singles Charts and #3 on the French Singles Chart.

Much of the song was written by drummer Bill Berry, although as R.E.M. shares songwriting credits among its members, it is unknown how much he actually wrote. Berry did not drum on the song — a Univox drum machine took his place — but he was responsible for the sampling of the drum pattern on the track. The string arrangement was written by Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.

In the liner notes of the album In Time - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003, Peter Buck writes that “the reason the lyrics are so atypically straightforward is because it was aimed at teenagers”, and “I’ve never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the idea that high school is a portal to hell seems pretty realistic to me.” Incidentally, the song was used in the 1992 film of the same name that preceded the show.

In the video for the song, directed by Jake Scott and filmed along I-10 in San Antonio, Texas, the band is stuck in a traffic jam. It shows the people in other cars and subtitles of their thoughts appear on screen. At the end, all the people leave their cars and walk instead; they then vanish.

In 1995, British emotional support listening service The Samaritans, in response to the high suicide rate but low crisis service take-up amongst young men, launched a UK press advertising campaign consisting solely of the lyrics to “Everybody Hurts” and the charity’s hotline number.


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  • ForestFloor

    i miss R.E.M.

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  • CidaDuarteF

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  • weebllikespie

    This song really takes me back~ such a wonderful gem of a ballad ^^

    11 Jan 8:27am Reply
  • rockandrolljoe


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  • Regen-


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  • MixAnesthesia

    There are other ways to sing 'sometimes' but are there better ones? [2]

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • vinman76

    A song to live by!Because it true!>>>>Hold On :)

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Liloucat

    beautiful :) love it <3

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • XoudR


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  • cmfreund

    Yes everybody cries and everybody hurts...... and when you think you have had enough of this life hold on. So you can find your purpose once again......I did.......

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • RJules3

    There are other ways to sing 'sometimes' but are there better ones?

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • TheEnchantress

    Kind of depressing to my ears right now....... :(

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Nochek


    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • themidnigh

    this song allways makes me think

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • Leifdistad

    REM really nailed it with this one... perfect ballad for the time... lots O Memories.

    15 May 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    I think the same as you joshsaussey!

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • joshsaussey

    A beautiful and gorgeous ballad. Classic.

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing! *_*

    27 Apr 2014 Reply
  • DalilaOliveira

    Todo mundo chorando em 3, 2, 1...

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • klingus

    When I'm more into metal and heavier rock now, I still love this song. It brings memories. Sad and deep memories.

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
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