Grunge legends Nirvana have been named as the Greatest Rock Band in the Modern Era by satellite station MTV2.

The SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT group - fronted by tragic rocker Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994 - beat Metallica, GUNS N' ROSES, U2 and Radiohead to top the poll voted for by viewers.

Other bands that made the top 10 include Linkin Park, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, Green Day, No Doubt and Nirvana's arch rivals Pearl Jam.

Nirvana disbanded in 1994 following Cobain's horrific death - bandmember Dave Grohl has gone on to find success and acclaim in the Foo Fighters.

The top ten are as follows:

1: NIRVANA

2: METALLICA

3: GUNS N' ROSES

4: U2

5: RADIOHEAD

6: LINKIN PARK

7: Red Hot Chili Peppers

8: GREEN DAY

9: PEARL JAM

10: NO DOUBT

04/02/2004 17:31