The RS Top 25: Ranking the Music from College Football's Best Towns

The quest for the National Championship begins, and these artists are in the hunt for the title

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12. Georgia / R.E.M.

Athens, Georgia is about as fertile a musical bed as this country has ever seen, producing a bumper crop of important acts that dates back to the 1970s. Widespread Panic, Flat Duo Jets, Vic Chesnutt, the B-52s, Danger Mouse and the majority of Elephant 6 collective all spent time beneath the Arch, though there's no band more synonymous with the city than R.E.M., who formed there in 1980. Here's "Radio Free Europe," from their legendary debut, Murmur.

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