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EDITORS’ NOTES

Of all the monster riffs that helped hard rock and grunge dominate the decade, two set the standard. Metallica's “Enter Sandman” epitomized power and precision, while Nirvana caused the most dramatic cultural shift with “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Both signalled a move away from flashy rock hedonism to sounds that were heavier both in mood and texture. Not only was that true of new-school classic rockers like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden and alt-rock icons like R.E.M., but artists otherwise rooted in hip-hop (Rage Against The Machine), industrial (Nine Inch Nails), and even Britpop (Blur).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Of all the monster riffs that helped hard rock and grunge dominate the decade, two set the standard. Metallica's “Enter Sandman” epitomized power and precision, while Nirvana caused the most dramatic cultural shift with “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Both signalled a move away from flashy rock hedonism to sounds that were heavier both in mood and texture. Not only was that true of new-school classic rockers like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden and alt-rock icons like R.E.M., but artists otherwise rooted in hip-hop (Rage Against The Machine), industrial (Nine Inch Nails), and even Britpop (Blur).

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