G.O.A.T.: SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT by Nirvana (1991)

THE GREATEST OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.) is a salute to the greatest songs of all time.  I’m going until I hit 100, and I’m adding songs as I hear them throughout my life and think–“Hey!  That’s one of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard!”

Here’s where we are so far:

  1. Layla by Derek and the Dominoes (1970) (link)
  2. Surrender by Cheap Trick (1978) (link)
  3. Better Things by The Kinks (1981) (link); and: Covers of the top 30 Kinks songs here and here
  4. Ironic by Alanis Morissette (1995) (link)
  5. Somebody Told Me by The Killers (2004)(link)
  6. Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Richard Hawley (2007) (link)
  7. Misfits by the Kinks (1978) (link); and: Covers of the top 30 Kinks songs here and here
  8. Grindin’ by Clipse (2002) (link)
  9. Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum (1969) (link)

Nirvana’s Teen Spirit is arguably the most important song of the thirty years, so including this one is a no-brainer. And entire books have been written about it, so I can’t possibly say anything new here.

Further listening: The entire Nevermind album.

So what does this to my top 9 (now 10) list?  Well, it’s really between this song and Layla.  And I’m giving Clapton the edge for two reasons: (1) Longevity and (2) Personal sentimentality.  Other than that, these are both two PERFECT songs.

Cover versions: Too many to list, and many are very good, so I’m posting a few of the more unusual ones.

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