R.E.M. Breaks Up After 31 Years

R.E.M. announced they're breaking up after 31 years.

It’s the end of R.E.M. as we know it.

The iconic alternative rock band that became a pop culture phenomenon in the 1990s and put out 15 original albums in 31 years announced it’s breaking up today.

“To our Fans and Friends,” the group wrote on its website, REMHQ.com. “As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

Suffice is to say, R.E.M.’s fans probably do not feel fine.

“Nightline” sat down with Michael Stipe earlier this year to find out what songs made his playlist. Watch the video below: