Released in September 1991 on Geffen, Nevermind, Nirvana's second album, was their major label debut. After selling in excess of 10 million copies in the US alone, the Diamond certified album placed Seattle grunge firmly on the rock map. Featuring the singles 'Come As You Are', 'Lithium' and 'In Bloom', it was lead track 'Smells Like Team Spirit' and its accompanying video, heavily rotated on MTV, that pushed the genre-defining album into the Top Ten around the globe.
According to the New York Times, it was "The culmination of 10 years of post-punk, and a reinvention of the style for a new generation. Smart, sarcastic rock, noisy and catchy and unabashedly confused, that zoomed from a collegiate cult following into the Top 10 without a hint of appeasement."