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Nirvana tune named modern classic
Nirvana's Kurt Cobain
Smells Like Teen Spirit made Nirvana stars in 1991
Rock band Nirvana's seminal tune Smells Like Teen Spirit has been named the greatest song of the past 25 years by music channel VH1.

The song, which was the anthem of the 1990s grunge era, beat tracks by Michael Jackson, Guns 'n' Roses, Eminem and U2 to the top of the list.

Nirvana are credited with being one of the most popular and important rock bands of recent years, and have influenced a generation of rock stars.

Michael Jackson's Billie Jean was ranked second in the list of 100 songs, which will be counted down on the channel from Monday.

In third were another rock band, Guns 'n' Roses, with their 1988 hit Sweet Child O' Mine, followed by Eminem's Lose Yourself.

Guns 'n' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, who contributed to the show, said Smells Like Teen Spirit was "a breakthrough for a great scene".

1. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
3. Guns 'n' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
4. Eminem - Lose Yourself
5. U2 - One
Source: VH1
"It was kind of another victory, I think, for a misunderstood music, you know. The dam broke when Teen Spirit came out," he said.

Smells Like Teen Spirit reached number 6 in the US and seven in the UK when it was released in 1991.

But it established them as one of the world's biggest bands until lead singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994.

One of U2's hits, 1992's One, was the Irish group's highest-placed song at number five, with Run-DMC at six with Walk This Way.

Also in the top 10 were Prince, Whitney Houston, The Police and Madonna.

The top 20 included Van Halen's Jump plus tracks by Pink Floyd, Def Leppard and Public Enemy.

What is the greatest song of the last 25 years?
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Guns 'n' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
Eminem - Lose Yourself
U2 - One
Something else
2638 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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