Star 69 (R.E.M. song)

"Star 69" is a song from the R.E.M. album Monster. It was not released as an official single but still reached No. 74 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart.[5] It received a promotional release in Spain.

"Star 69"
Spain promotional release
Promotional single by R.E.M.
from the album Monster
Released26 September 1994 (UK)
27 September 1994 (U.S.)
LabelWarner Bros.


Rob Jones called the track a "return-to-roots glam punk anthem".[2]


The song is named after the access number for the last-call return feature of telephones in North America, as indicated by its chorus:

"I know you called
I know you called
I know you hung up my line

Star 69"

Of all of the songs on Monster, "Star 69" is the one that evolved most from its initial demo. It started out at six minutes long before having its bridge excised and its original chorus discarded.[6]

"Star 69" was frequently played live throughout the tours in support of Monster and their 1998 release Up but from 2003 to 2008 was only ever sporadically performed.


Chart (1995) Peak
Canadian RPM 100[7][8] 73
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[5] 74
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 15
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[10] 8


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  2. Jones, Rob (20 August 2008). "REM performs 'Star 69' from the Album Monster". The Delete Bin. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  3. Melis, Matt; Gerber, Justin; Weiss, Dan. "Ranking: Every R.E.M. Album from Worst to Best". Consequence Of Sound. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  5. Whitburn, Joel (2009). Top Pop Singles. Wisconsin: Record Research. p. 811. ISBN 978-0-89820-180-2. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
  6. Black, Johnny (2004). Reveal: The Story of R.E.M.. London: Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-776-5.
  7. "Top Singles - Volume 61, No. 10, April 10, 1995". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
  8. "Top Singles - Volume 61, No. 12, April 24, 1995". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
  9. "R.E.M. - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  10. "R.E.M. Album & Song Chart History - Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-21.