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Smells Like Teen Spirit

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“Smells Like Teen Spirit” is a song by the American rock band Nirvana. It is the opening track and lead single from the band’s second album, Nevermind (1991), released on DGC Records. Written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl and produced by Butch Vig, the song uses a verse-chorus form where the main four-chord riff is used during the intro and chorus to create an alternating loud and quiet dynamic. The unexpected success of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in late 1991 propelled Nevermind to the top of the charts at the start of 1992, an event often marked as the point where alternative rock entered the mainstream. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was Nirvana’s first and biggest hit, reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and placing high on music industry charts... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Hello, hello, hello, how low ... Here we are now, entertain us ... A denial, a denial

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This song is listed #9 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Most votes come from United States, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, India, Norway, United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, and Italy.


More songs by Nirvana (See Charts): Orange And Blue, Rainbow Chaser, Beans, Beeswax, They Hung Him On A Cross, Mr. Moustache, Radio Friendly Unit Shifter, Clean Up Before She Comes, Blandest, and Ain't It A Shame.

Popular in Grunge (See Charts): Black Hole Sun, Come As You Are, Heart-Shaped Box, In Bloom, You Know You're Right, Rape Me, Spoonman, Aneurysm, Sliver, and Outshined.


Anonymous wrote on October, 16th 2010 at 5:36pm:
A great of the best of the 90's!

Anonymous wrote on September, 8th 2008 at 5:28pm:

Weird Al wrote on April, 20th 2008 at 2:44pm:
Well I'm mumblin
and I'm screamin
but I dunno
What I'm singin

aneurysm wrote on April, 20th 2008 at 12:20pm:
I'm love nirvana's music, but i would hate that song to be rated so high.
it is NOT nirvana's best song. kurt hated the success of this song. it has become a caricature.

TA wrote on April, 19th 2008 at 3:08am:
Kurt got killed by someone not himself long live his memory

K wrote on April, 17th 2008 at 4:36pm:
no way. why is this garbage in the top 5? just below BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY??? i beg to differ.

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