Radio Song

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This article is about the R.E.M. single. For other songs titled "Radio", see Radio (disambiguation).
"Radio Song"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Out of Time
B-side "Love Is All Around" (live)
Released October 1991 (Germany)
4 November 1991 (UK)
5 November 1991 (US)
Format CD, 7", 12", cassette
Recorded September–October 1990
Length 4:15
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Producer(s) Scott Litt, R.E.M.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Near Wild Heaven"
"Radio Song"
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"

"Radio Song" is the fourth single released by R.E.M. from their 1991 album Out of Time, where it appeared as the opening track.

Lead singer Michael Stipe once said that he hoped everyone had enough sense of humor to realize that he was "kind of taking the piss of everyone," himself included.[1]

Stipe also asked KRS-One, leader of Boogie Down Productions (of which Stipe was a fan), to contribute to the track. He provides some backing vocals for the track, as well as a closing rap, and appears prominently in the video.

Track listing[edit]

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

US/UK/Germany 7" / US/UK cassette[edit]

  1. "Radio Song" – 4:15
  2. "Love Is All Around" (Reg Presley) (live)1 – 3:15

UK "Collectors' Edition" CD[edit]

  1. "Radio Song" – 4:15
  2. "You Are the Everything" (live)3 – 4:43
  3. "Orange Crush" (live)² – 4:03
  4. "Belong" (live)4 – 4:47

US/Germany CD / US 12"/maxi-cassette[edit]

  1. "Radio Song (Tower of Luv Bug mix)" – 4:14
  2. "Love Is All Around" (Reg Presley) (live)1 – 3:15
  3. "Belong" (live)4 – 4:07

UK/Germany 12"[edit]

  1. "Radio Song" – 4:15
  2. "Love Is All Around" (Reg Presley) (live)1 – 3:15
  3. "Shiny Happy People (Music Mix)"


1 Recorded on Rockline, Los Angeles, California; April 1, 1991.
2 Incorrectly listed as "Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia; November 13, 1989"; actually from Miami Arena, Miami (FL), April 29, 1989.
3 Taken from the live performance video, Tourfilm.
4 Recorded at the Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina; November 10, 1989.

Details for the second and third live recordings (tracks three and four) for "Collectors' Edition" are not provided on the CD materials.


Chart (1991) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart 56
Irish Singles Chart 5
UK Singles Chart 28


Additional musicians


  1. ^ Black, Johnny (2004). Reveal: The Story of R.E.M. London: Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-776-5. 

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