The opening track and lead single from Nirvana’s second album, 1991’s “Nevermind,” is none other than “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It’s been a track for disenchanted youth since then, and the official video reached 1 billion views on YouTube in 2019. But lead singer Kurt Cobain wasn’t as big a fan of it as everyone else.
“Everyone has focused on that song so much,” he once told Rolling Stone. “The reason it gets a big reaction is people have seen it on MTV a million times. It’s been pounded into their brains. But I think there are so many other songs that I’ve written that are as good, if not better, than that song, like ‘Drain You.’ That’s definitely as good as ‘Teen Spirit.’ I love the lyrics, and I never get tired of playing it. Maybe if it was as big as ‘Teen Spirit,’ I wouldn’t like it as much.”