This Nirvana Video Just Hit 1 Billion Views on YouTube

Paul Bergen/Redferns
Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana photographed in 1991.

Nirvana reached a new milestone on Christmas Day when the band's iconic music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" hit 1 billion views on YouTube.

Krist Novoselić, the band's former bassist, took to Twitter to celebrate the landmark, retweeting the news and writing simply, "Thanks to you all!!!!" In the lead-up to the moment, he also gave a shout-out to late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, declaring, "The One Billionth view will be for Kurt!!!!"

Released in 1991, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" served as both the opener and lead single for Nirvana's diamond-certified sophomore album, Nevermind. The visual for the track was also recently named YouTube's second-most-watched video of the 1990s, behind Guns N' Roses' "November Rain." In July 2018, "November Rain" became the first music video from the '90s to hit 1 billion views on YouTube.

Rewatch the "Smells Like Teen Spirit Video" -- and check out Novoselić's tweets -- below.


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.