Animal (R.E.M. song)

"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.

Single by R.E.M.
from the album In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003
B-side"Pretty Persuasion (Live)"
ReleasedJanuary 5, 2004
LabelWarner Bros.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Bad Day"
"Leaving New York"

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

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
Australia (ARIA)[1] 93
Greece (IFPI)[2] 35
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 30
Italy (FIMI)[4] 20
UK Singles (OCC)[5] 33


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  3. "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Animal". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  4. " – R.E.M. – Animal". Top Digital Download. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  5. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 9, 2018.