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.
25 Big Things That Didn't Exist Before Nirvana's Last Concert
A look at all the important and wild ways the world has changed since March 1, 1994, when band played its last show.
Joan Jett Says Nirvana Guest Spot Led to Her Rock Hall Induction
Runaways icon suspects Dave Grohl and colleagues “guilted” Rock Hall into honor following her 2014 appearance.
25 Years Ago: Nirvana Record Iconic 'MTV Unplugged' Session
“That show was supposed to be a disaster. We hadn’t rehearsed. We weren’t used to playing acoustic."
Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic Discuss Future Nirvana Reunions
Surviving members want to avoid potential appearances becoming “a whole circus.”
Watch Last Night's Six Song Nirvana Reunion at Cal Jam
Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear joined by Joan Jett, John McCaulay and Brodie Dalle.
Nirvana Reunion Is Possible at Foo Fighters’ Festival
Social media teases as surviving members, plus 2014 reunion singers Joan Jett and John McAuley, are all on festival bill.
Watch Dave Grohl Play Nirvana Classic With Trombone Shorty
It’s only the second time Nirvana drummer has played “In Bloom” since the band split.
Campaign Launched to Stage a Nirvana Reunion – with Chad Kroeger?
At least one critic is in favor of this actually taking place.
Kurt Cobain’s Mom Recalls Hearing ‘Teen Spirit’ for First Time
Future icon hid recording for three days, then promised to play it low.
Dave Grohl Reveals ‘Biggest Misconception’ About Nirvana
"It wasn’t always a bummer. There were times when it was so outrageously hilarious and fun."