January 11, 2014 celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the day that Nirvana‘s Nevermind hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album was the band’s second studio album, but it was their major label debut on DGC Records and was produced by the now legendary Butch Vig. Front-man Kurt Cobain wanted to make music that sounded different than the rest of the Seattle grunge scene. The album was heavily influenced by groups like the Pixies and Mudhoney.
Despite low commercial expectations by the band and the record label, Nevermind became a surprise success in late 1991, largely due to the popularity of its first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit“. The song was written, recorded, and produced with out knowing that “Teen Spirit” was a teenage girls deodorant. By January 1992, Nevermind had replaced Michael Jackson‘s album Dangerous at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The album also produced three other successful singles: “Come as You Are“, “Lithium“, and “In Bloom” and is filled with a slew of classic, gut pounding grunge songs. Teenage angst isn’t the album’s only theme. Softer songs like “Polly” show the song writing of Cobain in classic form. The album has been certified diamond and has sold over 30 million copies world wide.