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91.  R.E.M.
Stand
Highest Billboard Position:
#6 in 1989

Some bands we just expect greatness every time out.  Maybe that is why when bands we hold in high regard fail, it hurts that much more.  We (and we are sure many others) hold R.E.M. in such regard.

R.E.M.’s  “Stand” was a hit in the mold of cheery 60’s Pop songs, and songs like that can become hits…but not from R.E.M..  Michael Stipe and company seemed to put their foot on the gas peddle of bubblegum and the creation was a potpourri of cheese.  They went all out with the band and various nondescript extras dancing while standing in place.  Cute and catchy was not “the R.E.M. way” and thankfully they never did so again.  Likely, they saw their erroneous ways as “Stand” was removed from their set list in later years.

How awful is Stand?

I totally agree, Stand is god awful! - 10%
Stand is bad, but there is much worse. - 10%
Stand is actually a guilty pleasure. - 10%
No opinion. - 5%
You are nuts, Stand is amazing. - 65%

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0 #3 Mellissa Lynn 2015-07-08 09:53
Wow. Take the one actually happy song from R.E.M. and throw it under the bus! LOL And yes, SHP would be a far better candidate to trash. I mean, at least this song was good enough for Weird Al To Parody...in fact, I've noticed a few songs that Al parodied on this list!
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-1 #2 Darryl Tahirali 2012-07-12 00:56
Probably because "Stand" charted slightly higher than "Shiny Happy People" on the Hot 100, but I agree--I'd take "Stand" over "SHP" (too bad it wasn't "Shiny Happy Inborn Twerps") any day.
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0 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
Wait a second....HO W could you guys possibly pick "Stand" as the all-time worst REM song over "Shiny Happy People"??? HOW???
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