A Nirvana Classic Has Made Its Hot 100 Debut After 31 Years Thanks to 'The Batman'

"Something in the Way" from 'Nevermind' has officially hit the Billboard charts in the year 2022

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Mar 22, 2022

Cause and effect continue to be strange: who could've guessed that it would take the umpteenth movie adaptation of The Batman for Nirvana's "Something in the Way" to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?

That's right, Robert Pattinson's emo Batman — very much inspired by Kurt Cobain, according to director Matt Reeves — is responsible for bringing the 1991 Nevermind track to the Hot 100, 31 years after its initial release.

"Something in the Way" made its first Billboard appearance on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart back in August 2020 following its appearance in the first trailer for the film. Now, it debuts at no. 46 on the new, March 26-dated Hot 100 chart.

It marks the fifth Nirvana song to appear on the Hot 100 — and the first since "You Know You're Right" in 2002. The other three charting cuts also come from Nevermind, obviously: "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are" and "Lithium."
Even tortured hero Pattinson's co-starring nemesis Paul Dano's The Riddler drew inspiration from Nirvana, with Dano revealing that "Something in the Way" was actually directly mentioned in Reeves' script. "So that right there, that song, those words, that refrain, became hugely important to me. Nirvana became a part of that [character]."

Next up on the charts: dispatches from R-Pattz's on-set, in-costume (cowl and all) ambient electronic music sessions.

Listen to "Something in the Way" below.

As batty as this is, it's nice to see Nirvana in the press for something other than the never-ending Nevermind baby lawsuit — last we heard, the band's representation filed to dismiss it after former baby Spencer Elden filed an amended version in January.

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