It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine) (4:07)

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“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” is a song by the rock band R.E.M., found on their 1987 album Document and the 1988 compilation Eponymous. It was also released as a single in 1988, reaching #69 US Billboard Hot 100 and later reaching #39 in the UK singles chart on its re-release in 1991.

The song originated from a previous, unreleased, R.E.M. song called “PSA”, which is short for “Public Service Announcement”. The two songs are very similar in melody and tempo. “PSA” was itself later released as a single in 2003, under the title “Bad Day”. In an interview with Guitar World magazine in the early 1990s, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck indicated that one of the primary inspirations of “End of the World” was Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”.

The music video was directed by James Herbert, who worked with the band on several other videos in the late 1980s. It depicts a young skateboarder (Noah Ray) rifling through an abandoned, collapsing farmhouse and displaying the relics that he finds to the camera.

One of REM’s best songs. Featured on the Disney film Chicken Little, and in the Sony motion picture Independence Day.


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