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Nirvana’s ‘Something in the Way’ Debuts on Multiple Charts After ‘The Batman’ Synch

Its chart rundown includes Nirvana's first-ever appearance on Streaming Songs.

Nirvana’s “Something in the Way” dots the March 19-dated Billboard charts thanks to its inclusion in the new film The Batman.

The 1992 Nevermind cut bows at Nos. 5 and 6 on the Hot Alternative Songs and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs rankings, respectively. Older songs are allowed to enter both charts if in the top half of chart points and with a meaningful reason for their re-entry.

In the March 4-10 tracking period, “Something” earned 7.9 million official U.S. streams, a gain of 1,508%, according to MRC Data. It also accrued 3,100 downloads, a 1,888% boost.

It’s only the second instance in which the song has charted at all since its 1992 release. It last appeared on a variety of lists, paced by a No. 2 bow on Rock Digital Song Sales, toward the Sept. 5, 2020, rankings, following the song’s appearance in The Batman’s trailer. That week (Aug. 21-27, 2020), the song moved 2,900 downloads and 1.2 million official streams.


Back to March 19, “Something” marks Nirvana’s highest rank on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs since its 2009 inception, exceeding the No. 9 peak of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” last year following iTunes sales pricing.

“Something” ranks at No. 2 on the Rock Streaming Songs and Rock Digital Song Sales charts and at No. 4 on Alternative Digital Song Sales and Alternative Streaming Songs.

On the all-format Digital Song Sales list, “Something” reaches No. 20, while on the all-format Streaming Songs tally, it debuts at No. 27, Nirvana’s first appearance on the ranking since it premiered in 2013.

Concurrently, Nevermind finds its way back to No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts, leaping 11-1 on the former and 9-1 on the latter with 20,000 equivalent album units, a 64% gain. It’s the album’s second week at No. 1 on both rankings, which began in 2006 and 2007, respectively, following a one-week reign upon the 20th anniversary of the LP (Nov. 27, 2021).

One additional song from Nevermind reaches Billboard charts alongside the rise of “Something.” “Smells Like Teen Spirit” re-enters Alternative Digital Song Sales and Rock Digital Song Sales at Nos. 18 and 21, respectively, with 700 downloads sold, up 28%. It also lifts 14-13 on Rock Streaming Songs and 16-15 on Alternative Streaming Songs with 4.6 million streams, a gain of 9%.

Other non-charting Nevermind gains include “Come As You Are” (3 million streams, up 16%) and “Lithium” (1.6 million streams, up 19%), while In Utero’s “Heart-Shaped Box” garners 1.8 million streams, a 18% boost.