Nirvana‘s milestone 1991 album Nevermind returned to the Billboard 200 album chart last week with sales of 5,000 copies, marking the set’s 350th non-consecutive week on the chart. That put Nevermind at Number Eight in terms of total weeks spent on the 61-year-old chart. The longest run on the list continues to belong to Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side Of The Moon with 927 weeks.
- Nevermind was reissued in 2011 in both standard and deluxe editions to commemorate its 20th anniversary.
- Nevermind producer Butch Vig told us a while back that the album remains a high point of his career: [“Nevermind has been an album that, for me, is one of those things that, well, it changed my life. And it’s, I’ll always have it as something that I worked with and was associated with. And I’m really proud of it, because to me that record still sounds as vital as it did when it came out.”]
- The album was Nirvana’s second and its first for a major label, Geffen Records. The disc, led by Nirvana’s signature hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” helped usher in the era of grunge and elevate “alternative music” to new commercial heights of success. Other smashes to emerge from the record included “Come As You Are” and “In Bloom.”
- Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994.
- The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, in its first year of eligibility.