Nirvana was an extremely popular band first formed in 1987 and plummeting to a rather tragic end in 1994. The band was formed by the infamous Kurt Cobain, lead guitar and singer, along with Krist Novoselic, bassist.
Nirvana had its share of drummers in the first two years but Dave Grohl finally became a long-lasting figure behind the drum set. The band sold over 75-million records since it’s debut in 1987, and, consequently, Nirvana is one of the world’s most loved rock bands of the time period.
Nirvana’s reign of the rock world ended unexpectedly with Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994, apparently brought about by a long battle with heroin addiction. Nirvana’s music lives on and the band is set to be inducted to Rolling Stone’s Hall of Fame in 2014. This is the first year the band is eligible for this honor. This is my list of Nirvana’s top ten songs of all time, and trust me when I say, this list was hard to narrow down.
“Aneurysm” was released on the album From the Muddy Banks of Wishkah as a live recording. The song is widely accepted as a parody about the conventions of pop and the use of drugs for the band’s 1990’s time period.
9. You Know You’re Right
“You Know You’re Right” was released on the band’s compilation album. It was also the last song that the band recorded before Kurt Cobain’s death.
“Sappy” was originally recorded with the name “Sad” in the band’s first year 1987. However, the song was recorded several more times in studio and is recognized to be released on the album, Nevermind.
7. About a Girl
“About a Girl” is on Nirvana’s debut album, Bleach. Oddly for a song on his debut album, the song breaks the bands go-to sound and is a tribute to the sound of Cobain’s most admired artists.
6. In Bloom
“In Bloom” comes from Nirvana’s second album, Nevermind. The song is widely recognized as a message from the band to those who otherwise did not understand the band’s message beforehand.
5. All Apologies
“All Apologies” appears on Nirvana’s last ever album, In Utero. The song was the band’s third number one hit to hit the charts.
4. Come As You Are
“Come As You Are” represents the epitome of Nirvana’s go-to sound, a hushed verse followed by a loud chorus and repeat. This song comes from Nirvana’s album Nevermind and helped Nirvana become a band loved by the world, not just the US.
3. Heart Shaped Box
“Heart Shaped Box” is another great song from Nirvana’s final album, In Utero. While the label worried the song was not going to get much hype from Nirvana fans at the time, the song received a lot of air time on the radio and landed number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Track’s chart.
“Lithium” appears on Nirvana’s album, Nevermind. It is the story of a man who looks to religion after a breakup. Much like a dose from the popular drug, this newfound love of religion numbs his pain.
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” is hands down the most popular song that Nirvana ever wrote, and one that many argue changed the face of rock forever. Unbeknownst to us, Cobain admittedly hated this song and openly said to the Rolling Stones that he thought the song was “an embarrassment.” Regardless, the song has earned its popularity and maintained its popularity among many Nirvana fans.