As Coronavirus Spreads, R.E.M.’s “End of the World” Keeps Climbing Charts

Last week, as the coronavirus outbreak tipped into a pandemic, R.E.M.’s 1987 classic “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” unexpectedly re-entered the singles charts. Now, with everyone settling into the realities of self-quarantine, “End of the World” has continued to see a surge of singles purchases, alongside other songs with vague corona connotations. According to Billboard, “It’s the End of the World” was the 22nd most purchased song in all-genres last week. That, combined with 1.7 million streams, was enough to push it to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. But while R.E.M. have seen the biggest gains in the American charts, they aren’t the only bands receiving a …