Smells like teen spirit is a song by american rock band nirvana. It is the opening track and lead single from the bands second album, nevermind (1991), released on dgc records. The unexpected success of the song propelled nevermind to the top of several albums charts at the start of 1992, an event often marked as the point where grunge entered the mainstream. Smells like teen spirit was nirvanas biggest hit in most countries, charting high on music industry charts around the world in 19, including topping the charts of belgium, france, new zealand and spain. Smells like teen spirit was nirvanas biggest hit in most countries, charting high on music industry charts around the world in 19, including topping the charts of belgium, france, new zealand and spain. Smells like teen spirit is a song by american rock band nirvana. It was released on september 10, 1991, as the lead single for the bands second studio album nevermind. Frequently cited as one of the most important songs in the history of rock music, nirvanas 1991 single smells like teen spirit almost single handedly popularized alternative rock and simultaneously brought the era of hair metal and pop metal to an end. smells like teen spirit this song is by nirvana and appears on the album nevermind (1991), on the live album from the muddy banks of the wishkah (1996), on the compilation album nirvana. nirvanas official music video for smells like teen spirit, remastered in hd. Smells like nirvana is a parody of nirvanas song smells like teen spirit, written and performed by weird al yankovic it was released both as a single and as part of yankovics off the deep end album in april 1992. Smells like nirvana was written during a three-year career low for yankovic after the financial failure of his film uhf, but captured the quickly-rising popularity of grungeand nirvanas success. Nirvanas contributions to music have also received recognition. The rock and roll hall of fame has inducted two of nirvanas recordings, smells like teen spirit and all apologies, into its list of the songs that shaped rock and roll. The museum also ranked nevermind number 10 on its the definitive 200 albums of all time list in 2007. Teen spirit is a deodorant, originally sold by mennen, then colgate-palmolive (after colgate-palmolive acquired mennen in 1992). Teen spirit was first released by mennen early in 1991, and with heavy advertising campaigns, it had soon established a market niche with teen girls. Sales were boosted by the grunge band nirvanas smells like teen spirit. Teen spirit the tribute to kurt cobain, 1996 documentary about nirvanas lead singer kurt cobain see also. Smells like teen spirit, a 1991 song by nirvana this disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title teen spirit.