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Nirvana

Nirvana was a US rock band that was formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important rock bands of all time.

In the late 1980s Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album Bleach in 1989. The band eventually came to develop a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. Nirvana found unexpected success with Smells Like Teen Spirit, the first single from the band’s second album Nevermind (1991).

Smells Like Teen Spirit is #9 on Rolling Stone’s Greatest Songs Of All Time list, and critics generally agree that no other songs had such an impact since.

Nirvana’s sudden success widely popularized alternative rock as a whole, and the band’s frontman Kurt Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the “spokesman of a generation”, with Nirvana being considered the “flagship band” of Generation X. In response, Nirvana’s third studio album, In Utero (1993), featured an abrasive, less-mainstream sound and challenged the group’s audience. Nirvana’s brief run ended following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994. Since its debut, the band has sold over 75 million records worldwide. They have 4 songs and 3 albums in the Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 lists. You should know all of Nirvana’s albums:

  • Bleach (1989)
  • Nevermind (1991)
  • In Utero (1993)
  • MTV Unplugged In NY (1994)

Songs you should know:

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
  • In Bloom (1991)
  • Come As You Are (1991)
  • All Apologies (1993)
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