Shiny Happy People (3:44)

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“Shiny Happy People” is a song by the band R.E.M…
The song appeared on their 1991 album Out of Time and was released as a single in the same year. The song features guest vocals by Kate Pierson of the B-52’s, who also has a prominent role in the song’s music video.
It peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, the fourth and, to date, last R.E.M. single to reach the top 10 on the chart. It also peaked at #6 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the first R.E.M. song to reach the top ten in the UK and the only one to reach the top ten in both countries.

It was recorded during the autumn of 1990, and was first released as a single in May 1991 in the U.K. However, the single would not go on sale in the U.S.A. until four months later.

In 2005, Q magazine included the song in a list of “Ten Terrible Records by Great Artists”. In its 2006 “Song of the Summer” countdown, CBC Radio’s Freestyle named “Shiny Happy People” 1991’s “Song of the Summer”.In contrast, in 2006, the song received the number one position on AOL Music’s list of the “111 Wussiest Songs of All Time”. Blender magazine also ranked the song at #35 on its list of the “50 Worst Songs Ever”. Also, when talking about the ill-fated song in 1995 on Space Ghost Coast to Coast Stipe simply stated “I hate that song, Space Ghost.” Due to the band’s dislike of the song, it was one of their few Warner-released singles not included on their 2003 greatest hits album In Time. However, it was later included on their 2011 greatest hits album Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982–2011.


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  • Sanity_Theorist

    The '90s was the last era to truly do irony well...awesome satirical video, laughs guaranteed for all!

    9 Jul 7:07am Reply
  • fernbom

    It takes me back to the summer of 1991! It is - as we say in Sweden - "sönderspelad" though... (Which roughly means it's been so overplayed it's become "broken".)

    7 Jul 3:08pm Reply
  • heatherskelters

    awesome and catchy track & video. i remember i had a serious crush on kate pierson after first watching :)

    5 Jul 9:28am Reply
  • apollochoco

    I remember, when I was little, my mom had a DVD (video tape? I don't remember) with the music video of this song and she'd play it on the TV for me when I'd come home from school. It always made me happy after rough days. Listening to it now brings back so many good memories.

    2 Jun 10:44am Reply
  • robveiga

    I really like REM, make a song of great quality

    12 May 8:38pm Reply
  • MysticShit

    When i was a child my Mother sent me to some weird Christian art and crafts group throughout the summer and for goodness knows what reason we had to sit in the pews of the church in the morning - which had a large pull down screen for projecting videos on - and they'd play this song. EVERY MORNING. I feel like this can't be real and it's some sort of disturbing pseudo memory. I still love the song though.

    9 Apr 11:34am Reply
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    22 Mar 2:44pm Reply
  • deathsdemise123

    Mike why are you wearing a baseball cap.

    13 Mar 9:31pm Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    I know Michael Stipe hates this, but I love it. Brings back some fond memories, personally :)

    2 Mar 1:26am Reply
  • Nikilish

    HAPPINESS!!!! :o) :o)

    7 Feb 2:35am Reply
  • marjo47

    Yes he used to have hair and the best songs came out of that period {I think}.

    12 Jan 5:04pm Reply
  • deathsdemise123

    Michael Stipe...WITH HAIR?!

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • andulas48

    A Great feel good song.....

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Lidiss1995

    Very happy song! :D

    15 Jun 2014 Reply
  • AFtorum

    but lol, dat thing in the very beginning!..

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • AFtorum

    shiny hippy people

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • Lainn_


    10 May 2014 Reply
  • KingFahtah

    Furry happy monsters is good

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • coasterdude2006

    I love how most of the people in this shoutbox represent exactly what this song is satirizing.

    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • kiteo

    Don't know why REM hated this song so much, pleasant change from their usual whiny crap. Maybe that's why.

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
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