It was Nevermind which catapaulted Nirvana from an obscure Seattle-area band to critical and popular favorites, signalling the end of the stagnant hair metal ballads and bombastic anthems. The opening track, "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and its accompanying music video that depicted a high school pep rally gone awry, received massive airplay in late 1991, propelling the members of Nirvana to superstardom. Other hits include "Come as You Are" and "Lithium". Producer Butch Vig crafted Nirvana's distorted guitars, pounding drums, rumbling bass, and wailing vocals into catchy, engrossing tracks that appealed to a wide audience and set the standard for rock music throughout the 1990s.
As a reaction against hair metal bands, which were perceived as pompous and corporate-dominated by the alternative music communities, Nevermind is often considered one of the albums which most affected society. Along with perhaps Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Saturday Night Fever, Nevermind brought a counterculture to the mainstream, radically altering the musical landscape to allow for immediate hits from other grunge bands, like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
Nevermind hit #1 on Billboard Music Chart's Top 200 albums and the Heatseekers chart.
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3 Charting singles
1991 Smells Like Teen Spirit Modern Rock Tracks No. 1
1992 Lithium The Billboard Hot 100 No. 64
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit The Billboard Hot 100 No. 6
1992 Lithium Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 16
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 7
1992 Come As You Are Modern Rock Tracks No. 3
1992 Lithium Modern Rock Tracks No. 25
1992 On A Plain Modern Rock Tracks No. 25
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Hot Dance Music/Club Play No. 14
1992 Smells Like Teen Spirit Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales No. 27