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Losing My Religion

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Single by
from the album '
B-side"Rotary Eleven"
FormatCD, 7", 12"
RecordedSeptember–October 1990, Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, New York, United States; John Keane Studios, Athens, Georgia, United States (recording); Soundscape Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, United States (strings)
GenreAlternative rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Producer(s)Scott Litt and R.E.M.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Get Up"
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"Shiny Happy People"
"Get Up"
"Losing My Religion"
"Shiny Happy People"
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"Losing My Religion" is a 1991 rock song from R.E.M.. The song became R.E.M.'s highest charting song for the United States. It hit #4 on Billboard Hot 100. It was nominated for several Grammy Awards. It won two.

The song was released on February 19, 1991.

R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck wrote the riff and chorus to the song on a mandolin while learning to play it. Buck had just bought the instrument and was recording the music as he practiced. Buck said that "when I listened back to it the next day, there was a bunch of stuff that was really just me learning how to play mandolin, and then there's what became 'Losing My Religion', and then a whole bunch more of me learning to play the mandolin."[1]

Further reading

  • Black, Johnny. Reveal: The Story of R.E.M. Backbeat Books, 2004.

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    ISBN 978-0-87930-776-9


  1. Black, p. 177