The progenitors of grunge, Nirvana are a rock band from Aberdeen, Washington. In the late '80s, Nirvana established themselves in the burgeoning Seattle grunge scene with the line of up lead singer Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic, and drummer Dave Grohl.
They released their first album, Bleach, in 1989 with independent label Sub Pop. In 1991, after signing to DGC Records, Nirvana found worldwide mainstream success with Smells Like Teen Spirit, the first single from their landmark second album Nevermind, produced by Butch Vig.
Nevermind sold 30 million copies worldwide and Nirvana has endured as one of the most powerful voices in '90s music culture. To say that it was a 'surprise' success for the erstwhile underground band is an understatement. The band went on to be a touring juggernaut in the immediate aftermath of the release and release the follow-up, In Utero, in 1993.
Only months after the release of the critcially-acclaimed album, the world of Nirvana was shattered by the death of Kurt Cobain by suicide.
The legacy of Nirvana includes an incredible body of work as well as being a landmark band in the history of rock. Dave Grohl went on to form famous rock band Foo Fighters.