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Nirvana ARE the most influential band since The Beatles – and here are 24 reasons why

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By Niall Connolly

Nickelback ‘How You Remind Me’

Creed ‘My Own Prison’

Stone Temple Pilots ‘Creep’

Puddle Of Mudd ‘Control’

My Sister’s Machine ‘I Hate You’

Candlebox ‘You’

Bush ‘Swallowed’

Feeder ‘Polythene Girl’

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11 Responses to Nirvana ARE the most influential band since The Beatles – and here are 24 reasons why

  1. Lucy Cage September 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

    You guys are just mean.

  2. Wallace Wylie September 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    To be fair, they’ve influenced a bunch of shitty bands as well.

  3. Joseph Kyle September 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Hipsters!

  4. Niall September 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

    you called?

  5. Smack77 September 25, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I guess this means they influenced only really shit bands. What I always thought.

  6. golightly September 25, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I’ll give you one proposed reason why Nirvana were the most influential band since the Beatles: The Beatles got the whole world listening and women wetting their knickers over them. Nirvana got the whole world listening, women wetting their knickers and women picking up guitars… I can’t think of another band who have done that… U-fucking-2 couldn’t do that and like it or not they are huge.

  7. Julian September 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    In Britain their influence was almost negligible. After Nevermind came Britpop, techno, post-rock, jungle, trip hop. Not an Eddie Vedder in sight.

  8. Gry October 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Even if Nirvana did influence some of these bands…I find it unfair to hold them(or any band) responsible for what some kids get out from listening to their music. They do not even sound like Nirvana. Although, I do agree that it does sound like some of them are trying to.

  9. Mithaearon January 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Julian, actually Nirvana had more of an influence than you think. Take your mention of “britpop” (always hated that term), and Oasis. The Gallaghers said in their early days that their music was a reaction to the “depressing” (their words not mine) sound of “Grunge” and particular Nirvana. So Nirvana were an influence on them albeit not a postive one, but still an influence. Graham Coxton from Blur has stated his love of Nirvana and it has influenced his music. So thats two of the biggest “Britpop” bands influenced by Nirvana. Techno/Dance then, Have a listen to The Prodigy’s Music for the Jilted Generation and listen out for sample’s from Nirvana’s Very Ape. Nirvana was more of an influence on the bands from Britian mid to late ninties than you think.

  10. desuy May 16, 2013 at 3:18 am

    i belive that nirvana was a big influence. bands like foo fighters and others would not be as good or even alive without nirvana

  11. William Alphonso November 17, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Oh, come on, who influenced whom! I agree that ‘Smells like teen spirit’ is one of the most powerful hard rock (grunge as it is called) songs ever recorded. Having said that, there are a lot of good bands that make good music. If there is anything influential about Nirvana, it’s Cobain’s rough vocals in the aforementioned song. I do like their music that was short lived. I would prefer The Police more than any other trio in pop rock music, as I find that they offered a lot of variation with inventive music in their 5 albums. They were far greater musicians in real terms. Every breath you take will survive longer than the aforementioned song. How many people like to hear noise?

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