>A cheat sheet to the finest tracks from the group’s career-capping greatest- hits set R.E.M.: Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011
MOST GROUNDBREAKING SONG
“Radio Free Europe” (1983) Frontman Michael Stipe may mumble his lyrics, but the band’s fresh sound was a clarion call for an indie-rock revolution.
BEST ROCK-OUT ANTHEM
“The One I Love” (1987) The soaring chorus alone—with the drawn-out holler “Fire!”—made for R.E.M.’s most stadium-ready moment ever.
BEST APOCALYPTIC ANTHEM
“It’s the End of the World …” (1987) Twenty four years later, the tongue-twisting list of political and environmental grievances still rings true.
BEST BUBBLEGUM TUNE
“Shiny Happy People” (1991) With the B-52s’ Kate Pierson doing backup, this sugary song could have been in heavy rotation on Radio Disney.
“Everybody Hurts” (1992) A mood-stabilizing gem for when you’re down in the dumps.
BEST MAKEOUT TUNE
“Nightswimming” (1993) Stipe gets romantic with this nostalgic tale of skinny-dipping.
“Losing My Religion” (1991) Over chiming mandolins, Stipe opens up about faith and unrequited love. It remains the group’s biggest hit to date.
MOST TOUCHING TRIBUTE
“Man on the Moon” (1992) R.E.M. honor late comedian Andy Kaufman with a twangy, country-rock number.
BEST SONG, WORST ALBUM
“At My Most Beautiful” (1999) Up may have been a dud, but R.E.M. sound inspired on this lush homage to the Beach Boys.