It’s the end of the world as we know it and R.E.M is back in the iTunes top 100 with a song that’s a staggering 33-years-old.
The 1987 R.E.M track It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) is a certified bop, but I don’t think anyone had it’s resurgence on our 2020 bingo cards. But as coronavirus sends the world into a constant state of paranoia, it appears we’re all desperate to feel as fine as Michael Stipe.
Following the World Health Organisation’s decision to declare the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, the 1987 track shot back up to number 73 on the charts, just a few spots shy of it’s 1987 peak at #69.
As of Saturday March 14, It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) is sitting pretty at #60 on the iTunes top 100 songs, above Lizzo’s Good As Hell and Shallow by Lady Gaga, according to Pop Vortex.
Granted, the iTunes charts weren’t around back in ’87 when the song debuted, but it’s pretty interesting to see how the song stacks up against some of the hottest songs of the moment.
The song is one of the band’s most popular tracks from their extensive 15-album discography, so I wouldn’t be surprised if their newfound relevancy has them booking a reunion tour. You know, when we can actually attend events with more than 500 people again.
Honestly, ITEOTWAWKI(AIFF) is the perfect soundtrack to 2020 and you should add it to your playlist for the next time you need to fight someone in your local Woolies for a roll of toilet paper.
As an added bonus, the song’s chorus is a nice 20-seconds long, which means you can even use it as your hand-washing soundtrack.Image: The Simpsons