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Alice Cooper: 5 Songs I Wish I’d Written

The godfather of shock rock on the brilliance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and why My Chemical Romance is the “next Def Leppard”

Alice Cooper; Five Songs; Nirvana; Aerosmith; My Chemical Romance; Billy Talent

Ross Halfin

For a 68-year-old, Alice Cooper remains surprisingly relevant. He opened for Mötley Crüe on their final tour last year, rocked the 2016 Grammys with Hollywood Vampires and appeared on Sunday's installment of Vinyl (an episode named after his classic 1973 LP Billion Dollar Babies). We caught up with the veteran shock-rock visionary to get his take on five songs he'd love to have written.

Alice Cooper

Ross Halfin

Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Had I been born later, I could have written this. But when you're my age, you can't write for teens. When I first heard it, I was like, "Oh, yeah!"