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Nirvana's seminal album Nevermind might have officially debuted 23 years ago last month, but it didn't reach the Billboard 200 charts until October 12, 1991. Today also happens to be the anniversary of the day that the album was certified gold.
That's the case Vulture's Dave Holmes makes for yet another celebration of the world's most famous swimming baby and the 47 minutes and 12 seconds of alternative rock history he represents.
In other words, Nirvana is a bottomless well of nostalgia, no matter the day. And, we're fine with that. So, what better way to recall the cultural milieu of October 1991 than by examining 40 other popular songs of the day?
Clearly, there's the Salt-N-Pepa classic “Let’s Talk About Sex” and Mariah Carey's “Emotions.” We fondly remember REM's “Shiny Happy People” and, perhaps less fondly, Metallica's "Enter Sandman."
But, can you actually place Naughty by Nature's “OPP” in time? What about the works of that devilish Canadian, Bryan Adams?
And, what about Bonnie Raitt's "Something To Talk About?" Even Holmes has nothing to offer in terms of analysis here, so instead he falls into a rant about the joys of Iyanla: Fix My Life instead. All we can say is we long for the days when a 41-year-old woman could actually appear on the Billboard 200.