Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was the most-played song on rock radio in the 2010s

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicNearly 30 years later, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is still making waves. The grunge act's 1991 breakout hit was the most-played song on rock radio during the 2010s.

That's according to the end-of-decade report from Nielsen Music, which reveals that "Smells Like Teen Spirit's" 145,000 spins were the most of any song on mainstream rock radio between 2010 and 2019.

In fact, each one of the top 10 most-played songs on rock radio the past 10 years was released in the '90s. Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box" is number two, followed by Nirvana's "Come As You Are" in number three.

The rest of the top 10, in order: Stone Temple Pilots' "Plush," Pearl Jam's "Even Flow," The Offspring's "Self Esteem," Nirvana's "In Bloom," Metallica's "Enter Sandman," Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," and Nirvana's "Lithium."

Late last year, the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music video passed one billion views on YouTube.

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