" is a term which is used interchangeably with "Generation X
" and "13th Generation" to describe those people born between approximately 1965 and 1979. Different experts have defined these birth years with some variation; the earliest start point typically is 1960, with the latest end point usually being 1981. Most often, it is defined as 1965 to 1976 by demographers such as the US Census Bureau. Others define it as the "post-peak Boomers", the long steady decline of Baby Boomer birth rates starting in 1958 and ending in 1968.
Awareness of this generation began in the early 1990s, with cultural touchstones like the Lollapalooza Festival
and grunge band Nirvana's
song Smells Like Teen Spirit
, and Time Magazine's
1990 cover story titled "Twentysomething", signaling the advent of a new generation coming of age. Many names were proposed for this generation, with the three most popular names being "Generation X", "Baby Busters" and "13th Generation". Over time, "Generation X" became the clearly most popular name for this group, although "Baby Busters" and "13th Generation" are still used with some frequency. Very occasionally, "Baby Busters" has been used to define other age groups, but these alternative uses have never achieved any public following, and the term is almost always used as a synonym for "Generation X".