Much like the Rage campaign in 2009, there is an attempt for an alternative Christmas Number 1 in 2011: Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.

Rage was a momentous occasion. ‘Killing in the Name’ is an anthem, and it brought together people who were fed up of the usual X Factor Christmas chart topper. Simon Cowell said the whole campaign would make him think about the usual X Factor format.

Fast forward to 2010 and, oh look, another X Factor cover version topping the chart! Not much change then.

And now into 2011. There was plans to have Gary Barlow write an original piece of music for the winners to release as their first single. But then it was decided that Damien Rice’s ‘Cannonball’ would be covered instead. Cue lots of angry Damien Rice fans.

I will be buying ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit‘. Despite apparently having no meaning, it was the song of a generation. It came to represent anger, confusion, outcasts … which colours many people’s teenage years! I think it would be quite fitting for it to be a chart success in Nevermind’s 20th anniversary year; a year that will also be remembered for protests and riots throughout the world.

However, it is highly likely that the Military Wives will get the Christmas Number One this year.

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