Stand (3:09)

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

From In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 and 40 other releases

“Stand” is a song by R.E.M. released as the second single from Green in 1989. The song quickly rose up the charts, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming R.E.M.’s second top 10 hit in the United States, also reaching #1 on the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock Tracks charts. The song reached #48 on the UK Singles Charts. The song reached #16 in Canada.

“Weird Al” Yankovic parodied “Stand” for his 1989 album, UHF, as “Spam”.

Stand was used as the opening theme to the early 1990s Fox comedy, Get a Life, starring Chris Elliott.

The song was placed on R.E.M.’s Warner Bros. Records “best of” album In Time - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 in 2003.

The song is an example of “truck driver’s gear change”, as the last two rounds of the chorus are each one whole step higher than the one previous


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