Thanks, Batman! Nirvana’s “Something in the Way” & ‘Nevermind’ invade the ‘Billboard’ charts


Following its inclusion in the hit movie The Batman, streams of Nirvana‘s “Something in the Way” increased by more than 700%. Now, the song — featured on the band’s landmark 1991 album Nevermind — has taken over the Billboard charts.

The song has debuted at number five on Billboard‘s Hot Alternative Songs chart and number six on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart. That’s thanks to the fact that its downloads increased by nearly 1900%, and it was streamed close to eight million times between March 4 and March 10.

Meanwhile, “Something in the Way” is number two on the Rock Streaming Songs and Rock Digital Song Sales charts, and number four on the Alternative Digital Song Sales and Alternative Streaming Sales tallies. It’s number 20 on Digital Song Sales, and number 27 on Streaming Songs. This marks Nirvana’s first appearance on the latter chart, which has existed since 2013.

But wait, there’s more. Nevermind is now number one on both the Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts.  It’s the album’s second appearance on top of both charts; the first happened last year, in connection with the album’s 20th anniversary.

“Something in the Way” is used multiple times in The Batman, and was also heard in the movie’s trailer. In fact, the song heavily influenced writer-director Matt Reeves‘ interpretation of the comic book icon. Speaking to Esquire magazine, Reeves said his Caped Crusader is “like a Batman Kurt Cobain.”

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