Smells Like (a Lot of) Teen Spirit

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I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that NIrvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was one of the most popular, if not *the* most popular, song of the grunge era. It became the anthem for that generation -- even if the lyrics were mostly unintelligible -- and in the last few years it seems to have graduated into a whole new level of classic-anthem-hood, one in which everybody is rushing to cover it. Here are some of the best, weirdest, and worst covers of "Teen Spirit." But I warn you: once you listen to them all, you may never want to hear the song again.

For those of you who need reminding, here's the original -- with commentary from Beavis and Butthead.

One of my favorite of these covers is by crooner Paul Anka. It's kind of hilarious and kind of great at the same time -- and this is at least five years old; he was one of the first to think, hey, I should cover that!

Patti Smith does a pretty unique and rather soulful version, live.

Another icon of the grunge era (I think it's fair to call her that) covers it -- Tori Amos.

And now for something completely different -- the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's cover.

Here's an acoustic-only version by a Tiny Person.

Everyone covering this song so far has forgotten one thing: TO ROCK! Flyleaf brings back the headbang.

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January 11, 2011 - 6:06am
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