Saturday (Sept. 10) is the 25th anniversary of Nirvana’s lead single off the 1991 album Nevermind, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” which went on to become the band’s biggest hit. The song’s success helped Nevermind, Nirvana’s second album (but major label debut), turn into a smash hit and marked a milestone in the grunge era.
On Nov. 23, 1991 – two months after its Sept. 10, 1991 release – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. The generation-defining song also peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100.