More than 30 years ago, Nirvana brought a revolution in the shape of a song called Smells like Teen Spirit. Until this day, that song is one of the most celebrated songs of all time. It is simply a masterpiece. It smells like teen spirit was released back in the year 1991 on September 10 on DGC Records.
This track was the opening song of Nirvana’s second album named “Never Mind”. It is one of the biggest hits by Nirvana. The song was released on the radio network first on August 27 1991. This song was released on YouTube back in 2009 on June 17 and now stands with over 1 billion views on YouTube.
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The Song Review
The Legacy of Smells Like Teen Spirit
This song is very famous among Gen X, millennials, and Gen Z. The song is dedicated to all the apathetic kids from Gen X. At the time of its release, it became an unexpected success. It gradually started to climb up the charts in 1992.
After that point, this song only saw success. Especially after the band’s singer, Kurt Cobain, passed away in 1994 due to suicide. That was another point when the success became highly popular. In 2000, this song received a Guinness World Record for being the most played song on MTV Europe.
This song is also included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a song that has shaped Rock & Roll. Not just that. NME declared it the second song on its list of the “Greatest Songs of All Time”. In 2017, this great song entered the Grammys Hall of Fame.
The Rolling Stones placed the song at the fifth spot on its list of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
Commercial & Critical Performance
The song took the 6th spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Moreover, the song took the No. 1 spot on the US Alternative Airplay Chart. The song took the 7th spot on the UK Network Singles Chart.
This epic song was certified Gold by the United States, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden.
The song received mixed reviews from critics. The critics at the Rolling Stones wrote in 1992, Smells like Teen Spirit is an anthem for (or is it against) the Why Ask Why generation. Just do not call Kurt Cobain a spokesperson for a generation”.
Music Video & Composition
Its music video is just incredible! It is based on the concept of a school concert, which ultimately ends up in chaos, riot, and anarchy. The music video was inspired by two movies from 1979, Rock ‘n’Roll High School and Over the Edge.
The video features all the band members that are playing in the school gym. In audiences, there are apathetic kids, including cheerleaders and bleachers.
Now let us talk about its musical composition. In essence, it is a hard rock and grunge song.