|Song by Ariana Grande|
|Released||August 17, 2018|
It was released on August 17, 2018.
"R.E.M" is a R&B song containing a doo-wop beat. It runs for a duration of four minutes and six seconds. The song "Wake Up" was originally recorded as a demo by Beyoncé. Grande kept the chorus, but changed the song's lyrics. She previewed "R.E.M" prior to the release of Sweetener.
The song's title refers to rapid eye movement sleep, and is about "a relationship that blurs between the dreamworld and reality". Grande has said "R.E.M" is about "dreaming someone into your life", and is one of her favorite tracks on Sweetener. Grande's vocals span 3 octaves, from Eb3 to Eb6.