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Smells Like One Great Song

Nirvana Song Called Best of Past 25 Years

Here they are now, entertaining us or at least entertaining VH1, which named Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" the greatest song of the past quarter-century. The Seattle band's groundbreaking grunge anthem is No. 1 on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years."

Here's the whole list. Some of these choices baffle me.

Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" made #2 while Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)" only made #15? Prince's "When Doves Cry" made #7 but Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under The Bridge" got screwed at #41? And what the fuck is Britany Spears' "…Baby One More Time" at #28 when Radiohead's "Creep" is insulted with #84 or Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" is placed at #32?!?!

Why is Hanson's "MMMBop" even on this damn list? Ugh.

The popular music from the 80's and 90's (disregarding some 80's metal and most of 90's grunge) is stuff I won't touch and lists like this reinforce it further. I only recently dipped a toe into The Police's catalogue and have mixed feelings about them.

This list is also a broad swipe at electronic music and hip-hop, but given their only recent explosion, I can understand it. Still, I have songs from Underworld, Amon Tobin, DJ Shadow, Ben Folds Five, Stone Temple Pilots, and Philip Glass that are better than 80% of this list.

I couldn't possibly pick a song to be "the greatest from the last 25 years," but "Smells Like Teen Spirit" would be one of them. R.I.P., Kurt.

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I saw their list and was baffled as well. Did they give their criteria anywhere for making the list? There were some great songs on their list, but how does one determine #1 over #10? Go figure.

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