Skip navigation

Now this is a song everyone on the planet HAS to have heard. Undoubtedly the best song R.E.M. ever produced, “Losing My Religion” is an awesome mix of VERY, VERY confusing lyrics along with a great (and monotonous) rhythm, and an EXTREMELY catchy tune. It’s one of those songs you just can’t get out of your head! My top 5 R.E.M. songs – 1) Losing My Religion, 2) Everybody Hurts, 3) UBerlin (Still don’t know why they call it that!), 4) Man Of The Moon, and 5) Drive. Let’s get to it then, shall we?

R.E.M. (Band)

R.E.M. [L-R]: Michael Stipe, Bill Rieflin, Peter Buck

History: “Losing My Religion” is a song from the American band R.E.M., which was released as the first single from their 1991 album “Out Of Time“. The song, according to the critics, was considered to be an ‘unusual’ hit. “Losing My Religion” was also one of those songs which gained fame due to their music video. It’s REALLY weird, believe me! This song was also R.E.M.’s best ever performance, which led to “Losing My Religion” peaking at Number 4 on The Billboard Hot 100.  It was nominated for several Grammy Awards, and won two for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Short Form Music Video. The only version of this song is the 4 Minute 28 Second Studio Version. [Source: Wikipedia]

What This Song Tries To Convey To Us: Okay. Here’s what I want you guys to do: Firstly, download/play the song from the link provided below, then fire up the lyrics (Link given below) and try to keep your head as empty as possible when you listen to the song. At first, you’ll think, “What the hell does this song mean?” . Well, the song does NOT concern religion at all! Great, huh? According to Stipe (Their lead singer), ‘Losing My Religion’ is actually another phrase for ‘At My Wit’s End’ in the South. There have been a LOT of fights online regarding the REAL meaning of this song. Okay, although the song does not relate to religion, the video is kind of creepy, if you ask me. A man with wings? People sitting together, in disdain? Isn’t this religion (Catholic, to be precise)? Following the release of the music video, there were a lot of protests by the Catholics, but the song finally won their hearts, and they decided to let go.

Word Of Warning! : This song is NOT for the people who like variations in their songs. The rhythm in this is very monotonous, and it may frustrate few people too. Just clearing it up!

Review: The best part of the song – A mandolin jamming with a guitar, followed by beats, and very LITTLE bass. Awesome combination! The song kicks off with the REALLY catchy mandolin rift, and the beats accompany it all along. You’ll notice almost immediately, that even though the song seems to be slow, the overall pace of the song is quite fast. Michael Stipe starts off with the vocals at 00:14. The lyrics of the song are REALLY complex. And, as fate would have it; it has a dual meaning. One is the explanation I have given above, and the second one is all about religion (I wouldn’t like to go down there!) The vocals are soft, and accentuate the song very nicely. An awesome fact – The chorus is sung in the same tune! It’s really tough to make out the chorus. But with a bit of consistent listening, you’ll figure it out. The first chorus starts at 00:46, and BOY is it long (45 seconds, to be precise)! The thing I love about this song is it’s monotonousness. The rhythm just keeps on going. With the commencement of the second stanza at 01:32, you’ll surely notice how fast the song goes by. My best guess – it’s because of the chorus. Anyways, the second stanza ends at 02:31, and the “I Thought That I Heard You Laughing..” commences right after. Then comes the turning point of the song. At 02:49, the song stops, and the rhythm slows itself. Nothing except the mandolin and the the guitar strumming is heard.  The vocals and the beats slowly increase in pitch and converge with the rhythm, and the song flows as one again; this time, commencing from the middle of the chorus. The song goes into a loop of “Try”,” Cry” & “That Was Just A Dream”, and ends on the mandolin note.

Rating: While some people really despise this song, I love it – For it’s monotonous tune, it’s deep meaning, great vocals (Courtesy Michael Stipe) and an awesome mandolin rift. It’s a sure shot 10/10 for me! Tip – I’ve provided the Youtube link below. Watch Michael Stipe dance. Really awesome to watch!


Lyrics For “Losing My Religion” :

Youtube Link For “Losing My Religion” :

Download Link For “Losing My Religion” : (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)


Album Art

“Losing My Religion” is a song from R.E.M.’s album “Out Of Time”



  1. This song really brings back memories (and strangely enough I always thought it was about religion) Thanks for the info 🙂

  2. I like “Shiny Happy People” better.

One Trackback/Pingback

  1. […] Guys! Hope you’ve read my latest review, which is of “R.E.M. – Losing My Religion“. Well, let me be REALLY frank here. It has come to my notice that my collection of best […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: