R.E.M. called it quits this year, almost 30 years in. It was a magnificent career, and if you want to make an argument for them being the best American band of the past 25 years, I'll listen.
What makes this song so great is how it is instantly recognizable as R.E.M., while sounding completely fresh and new. The album from whence it came, "Collapse Into Now," was a fine farewell.