Smells Like Teen Spirit

(Nirvana 1991). Representing the “Nevermind” attitude of Gen X's grunge years, “Smells like Teen Spirit” is an anthem of apathy, almost making it an anti-protest song. While the often misinterpreted (and misheard) lyrics represent the generation that often felt misunderstood, their contradictory meaning also establishes the ironic and sarcastic nature this generation is known for. As Kurt Cobain explains, “The entire song is made up of contradictory ideas…It’s just making fun of the thought of having a revolution. But it’s a nice thought.” In context of the video, however, there is no mistaking what this song protests, as high schoolers who finally tire of politely sitting on the bleachers during a pep rally rush the court and form a mosh pit with the band.