Animal (R.E.M. song)

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R.E.M. - Animal.jpg
Single by R.E.M.
from the album In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003
B-side "Pretty Persuasion (Live)"
Released January 5, 2004
Format CD single
Recorded 2003
Genre Alternative rock, hard rock
Length 4:02
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Producer(s) Pat McCarthy, R.E.M.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Bad Day"
"Leaving New York"

"Animal" is a single released by R.E.M. It was one of two new songs recorded for the band's Warner Bros. Records compilation album, In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003 (the other being "Bad Day"), and was released as a single in support of the album.

The video for "Animal" stars lead singer Michael Stipe and shows an artist's conception of the idea of a solar eclipse allowing energy of all forms, including emotions between people, to be seen as visual light. The music video was not included on In View: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003, the DVD supporting In Time, as it had not been filmed until after its release.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe unless otherwise stated.

Cat. No. W633CD 9362427062

  1. "Animal" (New Mix) (Buck, Mills, Stipe)
  2. "Pretty Persuasion" (Live, New York, NY, 07.10.03)
  3. "Losing My Religion" (Live video from Perfect Square)

Cat. No. 5439164892

  1. "Animal" (New Mix)
  2. "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" (Live, Los Angeles, CA, 09.09.03)

Cat. No. 9362426992

  1. "Animal" (New Mix)
  2. "Pretty Persuasion" (Live, New York, NY, 07.10.03)
  3. "Welcome To The Occupation" (Live, New York, NY, 07.10.03)

Notes: "Pretty Persuasion" and "Welcome to the Occupation" recorded at Clinton Studios, NYC on October 7, 2003.

"So. Central Rain" recorded for "In Studio with Nic Harcourt", Los Angeles on September 9, 2003.


Chart (2004) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[1] 93
Irish Singles Chart 30
UK Singles Chart 33


  1. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 

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