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. Two well-known tracks from the album are "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Come As You Are".
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.
Charting singles Billboard
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