The Seattle-based alt-rock trio hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 – unseating Michael Jackson – with its major-label debut and ushered in the age of grunge.
"NIRVANA PULLS OFF AN ASTONISHING palace coup," wrote former Billboard editor of music research/analysis (and Chart Beat founder) Paul Grein when the band's second album and major-label debut, Nevermind, knocked Michael Jackson's Dangerous from No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Jan. 11, 1992.
The Seattle-based trio — Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic — were 24, 22 and 26, respectively, when Nevermind crowned the chart with the help of its hit single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which reached No. 1 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart the previous November, and a surreal video that earned heavy-rotation status on MTV.