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 Years Ago: ‘Hormoaning’ Displays Another Side of Nirvana
As a "souvenir" to fans in Australia and Japan, Nirvana released the 'Hormoaning' EP with b-sides and cover songs in February 1992.
25 Years Ago: Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Tops the Chart
Three and a half months after its release, Nirvana's 'Nevermind' topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart on Jan. 11, 1992.
Watch John Mayer Cover Nirvana's 'Come as You Are' With Dave Chappelle
A secret show in Los Angeles saw comedian Dave Chappelle sitting in with John Mayer.
Nirvana’s ‘Incesticide’ to Get 25th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue
Nirvana's 1992 rarities compilation will be available on vinyl on Jan. 13, 2017.
Songs by R.E.M., Nirvana and David Bowie Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
The list of 2017 inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame has been announced.
Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Cover Baby Recreates Photo for 25th Anniversary
Spencer Elden jumped into a pool and posed in the same way as he did for Nirvana's 'Nevermind' album.
Nirvana Poke Fun at Conspiracy Theory Claiming Kurt Cobain Is Still Alive
A theory that Kurt Cobain is alive and living in South America was mocked by Nirvana's Facebook administrator.
14 Wildly Different Nirvana 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Covers
We've collected a wide variety of cover versions of Nirvana's classic.
When Nirvana Changed Everything With ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
Nirvana's debut major label single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," was released on Sept. 10, 1991.