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

Cover of Document

From Document and 88 other releases

“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.

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Play with Spotify

Albums featuring this track (89)

Similar Tracks

  Track   Duration Listeners
R.E.M. - Finest Worksong 3:51 113,201
R.E.M. - The One I Love 3:18 316,665
Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun 2:32 491,071
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man 5:09 628,396
Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven 2:54 756,595
The Cure - Just Like Heaven 3:32 861,713

Listening Trend

371,415listeners all time
1,754,156scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Explore more

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.

Listening Now

Top Listeners