500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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R.E.M., 'Losing My Religion'

170. R.E.M., 'Losing My Religion'

Writers: Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe
Producers: Scott Lift, R.E.M.
Released: March '91, Warner Bros.
21 weeks; No. 4

"Losing My Religion" is built around acoustic guitar and mandolin, not exactly a familiar sound on pop radio in the early Nineties - singer Michael Stipe called it a "freak hit." As for the subject matter, it's not religion: "I wanted to write a classic obsession song," he said. "So I did."

Appears on: Out of Time (Warner Bros.)

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