Twenty-four years ago today, Nirvana's Nevermind came out on Geffen Sept. 24, 1991, two years after the band's debut album, Bleach. Nevermind marked the album debut of drummer Dave Grohl, who joined Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic in California and Wisconsin studios to record the landmark rock album.
Nevermind gave the Washington band a cross-generational, international fanbase and rocketed Cobain to a spotlight he'd soon come to resent, thanks in no small part to the Gen X anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Fans and critics have rhapsodized about Nevermind for years -- but that's not our goal right here. We're rounding up 5 essential chart stats about Nirvana's sophomore album, figures that speak to the album's path from modest rock release to generation-defining blockbuster.