500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

R.E.M., 'Murmurs'

197. R.E.M., 'Murmurs'

I.R.S., 1983

The founding document of alternative rock, released just as Gen X was heading off to college. Though "technically limited," according to co-producer Don Dixon, R.E.M. packed their songs with cathartic mystery. Peter Buck's guitar chimes and Michael Stipe unspools his low-talker lyrics like they constitute a new language.

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