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.
Chad Channing Recalls His Time in Nirvana Without Regrets
What happens when you leave a band right before it hits big?
Watch Nirvana's Surviving Members Reunite at Foo Fighters Show
Krist Novoselic sat in with Foo Fighters to perform "Big Me" during the band's stop in Eugene, Ore.
Ivanka Trump Cried for 24 Hours When Kurt Cobain Died
In a section of her mother's book, Ivanka Trump described the impact Kurt Cobain had on her.
15 Years Ago: Nirvana's 'You Know You're Right' Released Following Lengthy Lawsuit
Nine years after the last Nirvana LP was released, the song "You Know You're Right," from the band's greatest hits collection, came out as a single Oct. 8, 2002.
Grunge Documentary ‘Hype!’ Expanded for 20th Anniversary Reissue
The film is highlighted by Nirvana's 1991 debut performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Grunge Musical Could Feature Nirvana, Soundgarden Songs
Following renewed interest in the genre after Chris Cornell's death, a musical theatre project in Seattle with ties to the record labels plans to explore the roots of grunge.
Check Out Nirvana's 'Come As You Are' In the New Trailer For Marvel’s 'The Defenders'
The elements of the song are dismantled, making Kurt Cobain's voice stark and singular, and that only adds to the tension.