"Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M.

Released: 1991

Level: 2 (out of 4)

Transcribed by: Nate Brown


One of the most upbeat and cheerful songs ever recorded, "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M. is a joy to play on the drums. The song features the brilliant drumming of Bill Berry, who adds energy and flair to the catchy melody and vocals. The song was a huge hit in 1991, reaching number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on the UK Singles Chart. It also became an iconic anthem for the early 90s alternative rock scene. Playing this song on the drums will make you smile and have fun, as you explore different rhythms and patterns that enhance the mood of the song. "Shiny Happy People" is a song that will brighten your day and challenge your skills as a drummer.