Coffee Break: The music of Gen X

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain performs with Nirvana in 1993. (Joe Giron/Corbis, via NPR)

Today in 1992 was a big day for Nirvana as the band's landmark album Nevermind reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first of two non-consecutive weeks at No. 1, they also peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and made their debut appearance on U.S. TV on Saturday Night Live.

This album and this single were a HUGE anthem for Gen X-ers - the generation that came after the baby boomers but before millennials, and typically includes those born in the early-to-mid-1960s to the the late 1970s to early 1980s.

Today we're looking for music that was the anthem to this generation - groups that brought grunge and hip hop to the mainstream.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that could be classified as "the essential music of Gen X"?

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

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Songs played

Digable Planets - Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
Sonic Youth - Bull in the Heather
Alice in Chains - Rooster
Beastie Boys - Slow And Low
Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized
Babes in Toyland - Bruise Violet
Fishbone - Party at Ground Zero


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