SoS7: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Welcome to Songs of Significance, chronicling the songs that have helped shape me and people across generations.

Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana, from the 1991 album Nevermind

Line of Significance

I found it hard, was hard to find/Oh well, whatever, nevermind

If ever there were a line that defined a genre, it’s this one from Smells Like Teen Spirit. “Whatever, nevermind” is the singular representation of what grunge was all about. Kurt Cobain and Nirvana launched onto the national and international stage with this song, and the grunge movement that had been percolating for about five years or so was suddenly much larger than Seattle.

B. Goode is by no means a music critic and has zippo in the way of actual music theory education. He is simply a fan of music who grew up in Seattle and loves delving into the significance of songs.


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