Nirvana may be long gone, but its landmark Nevermind album is still reaching new heights.
The 1991 set returns to the Billboard 200 this week at No. 134, marking its 350th nonconsecutive week on the chart — the eight-longest run in the chart’s 60-year history. (Pink Floyd is first with 927 weeks.)
Nevermind first appeared on the Billboard 200 on October 12, 1991 at No. 144 and hit No. 1 the following January 11, bumping off Michael Jackson‘s Dangerous. It’s sold nearly 9.5 million copies in the U.S. and an estimated 30 million worldwide. It ranks No. 17 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Album of All Time and was ranked the No. 1 album of the 90s by the magazine. It was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2005.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.