R.E.M.’s classic 1987 song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” reentered the charts on iTunes Tuesday amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
The song reached No. 72 on the iTunes top 100 chart Friday, ranking under Taylor Swift's 2019 song "The Man," among other hits.
The rock song’s repeated chorus tells listeners “It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.”
The spike in the 33-year-old song’s popularity comes after the World Health Organization declared that the spread of the novel coronavirus has reached pandemic levels. At least 137,000 people around the world have been infected by the virus that began spreading in China late last year, and fatalities reached more than 5,000 around the world Friday.