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With four chords and an unmistakable drum intro, Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ altered the course of rock ‘n’ roll. They became the world’s gateway, not only to innumerable bands who’d before only existed in music’s underground, but to a completely different way of thinking about music and musicians. Before frontman Kurt Cobain took his own life, Nirvana recorded three stunning studio albums. Cobain, along with Krist Novoselic and a young Dave Grohl, combined catchy hooks, abstract-yet-memorable lyrics and high energy into a sound that the mainstream desperately needed. They were the perfect answer to the hair metal scene that had already peaked and was on its way out. Nirvana gave a voice to scores of kids that just couldn’t relate to the world of Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses. Nirvana proved to be a cathartic relief to the anxiety felt by millions of teenagers across the country.

17 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals

Frank Micelotta Archive/Hulton Archive
Frank Micelotta Archive/Hulton Archive

No disrespect to the original songs, but these covers take the source material to entirely new (and sometimes unexpected) places.

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10 Best Album Opening Tracks

Jack White / Jason Isbell / Zack de la Rocha
Michael Buckner / Mike Coppola / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Even in this ever-changing digital world of music, the first track on an album, both past and present, serves as a master of ceremonies of sorts.

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Courtney Love Wants Kurt Cobain Death Scene Photos to Remain Unreleased

Kurt Cobain
Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Frances Bean Cobain: "Further sensationalizing it through the release of these pictures would cause us indescribable pain."

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Cover Stories: Nirvana, ‘Nevermind’

Nirvana -- 'Nevermind' Photo Shoot
Kirk Weddle / Modern Rocks Gallery

"Full of poetry and cynicism." That's how album cover legends Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis fame describe Nirvana's 'Nevermind' sleeve.

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Friend of Kurt Cobain’s Daughter Reveals Father’s Photos of Nirvana’s First Show

Worst to First: Nirvana
Martyn Goodacre, Getty Images

Being that Nirvana is one of the most influential alternative rock outfits of our time, any rare early photographs of the band are somewhat of a treasure.

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26 Years Ago: Nirvana Play Their First New York City Show at the Pyramid Club

Kurt Cobain
Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Man, we sure do love us some Nirvana. And it's no wonder -- they played a massive role in changing the face of rock music in a relatively short amount of time.

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Kurt Cobain Documentary ‘Montage of Heck’ Will Return to Theaters in August

Kurt Cobain
Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

The movie will screen at ArcLight in Los Angeles, as well as at ArcLight Cinemas’ complexes across the country.

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20 Years Ago: Foo Fighters Release Their Self-Titled Debut

Capitol/Roswell
Capitol/Roswell

Dave Grohl recorded the album almost entirely on his own as a way to deal with the death of Kurt Cobain, but it's been collectively all of ours for two decades.

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Dave Grohl Is ‘Terrified’ of Kurt Cobain Documentary ‘Montage of Heck’

Dave Grohl
Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

“All the footage of him as a child, I think that might make me sad, and then the dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out," he said.

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Nirvana’s Self-Titled Greatest Hits Collection to Be Released on Vinyl

Worst to First: Nirvana
Martyn Goodacre, Getty Images

For the first time, the band's eponymous 2002 posthumous collection will make its way to vinyl.

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