With First Aid Kit's cover of R.E.M.'s "Walk Unafraid" coming out in the last couple weeks, it inspired me to look into making a mix of covers of my favorite band's songs. I've gotten countless cover albums over the years (most notably landing a copy of Surprise Your Pig something like 15 years ago, and I know how rare that can be), so I thought compiling a mix would be easy, but so many of the best covers aren't on Spotify, so we do lose out on some of the greats, like Tori Amos doing "Losing My Religion" or Editors performing "Orange Crush."
With that said, I was able to find 20 interesting/different/good(?) covers of R.E.M. songs on Spotify that are worth a listen. I'd like to send a special shout-out to the fine folks over at the R.E.M. Fans United group on Facebook. I've been a member for a few years and a call out for some help got some great ideas that I hadn't already dug up from Eric Hutchinson, Paul Cottrell, Pascal Isabel, and Christian Harper.