Smells Like One Great Song
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.