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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  • Carneiro_

    <3

    Yesterday 1:29pm Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    the total solar eclipse of 8/11/99 may very well have signaled end of world as we know it, and 2014 was an affirmation.....and I feel fine. Oh Yeah

    14 Jan 6:42pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • corky64

    Great....<3

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • LucasLinoMota

    Someday I'll learn to sing this song, even if it kills me.

    20 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Nochek

    lOve.

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Indierock93

    ... and I feel fine!

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    Good lyrics, got to be so care full. although... what can ordinary people do about it....?Love REM.

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Monique_Rohem

    Agora é bem o fim do mundo mesmo...

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Zombiewizardgod

    People always seem to think that this song is apocalyptic. The lyric "AS WE KNOW IT" says otherwise.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • plk1978

    Best live experience ever. Lansdowne Road, 1999, this song to close the encore. Still possibly the only time I've ever cried with happiness.

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • punkrockwarlord

    Michael Stipe's singing this live without running out of breath is actually quite remarkable

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • punkrockwarlord

    still get's me every time

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sambattye

    Why is this song so damn catchy?!!

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Timeless classic!

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • swistak07

    One of the best bands in the world....ever! It felt like the end of the world when they split. Seen them live and they even better, if thats possible?! We need more R.E.M. [2]

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • piskies

    One of the best bands in the world....ever! It felt like the end of the world when they split. Seen them live and they even better, if thats possible?! We need more R.E.M.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • BeckyMUK

    creepinmaster: I'm a native English speaker and I find it difficult to sing along to this song, mainly because the verses are so fast.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • AwesomeMatthew

    This song played on every radio station you could think of on 12/21/12.

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • lizardking66j

    yes i do feel the same way

    21 May 2013 Reply
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