top 10 nirvana songs

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.

 

10. Aneurysm

“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.

8. Sappy

“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.

2. Lithium

“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.

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top 10 songs of the 1990s

The 1990s lent itself to some legendary rock and roll bands. From one hit wonders like Marcy Playground to full fledged success stories like Nirvana and Foo Fighters, the 90’s is a treasure chest filled with rock gems from all facets. Here is our list of the top ten rock songs from this great decade.

10. Marcy’s Playground, Sex and Candy

“Sex and Candy” spent a record 15 weeks as the billboard chart’s number one song, but then Marcy’s Playground disappeared. Many might argue that “Sex and Candy” consequently doesn’t deserve a spot on the top-ten list, but it’s success in ratings cannot be denied, “Sex and Candy” is still a 90’s classic (and one of my favorites) today.

 

9. Radiohead, Creep

Radiohead, a now infamous band, released its first true hit in 1992 with “Creep.” However, the song’s release in 1992 was not what gave the band its true success. Rather, it was the song’s re-release in 1993 that gave Radiohead true success on the charts.

8. Guns N Roses, November Rain

“November Rain” is one of Guns N Roses most famous, and long lasting, songs. In its original version, the song was over 25 minutes long, but was cut to a mere eight something minutes for its debut on the band’s double album: Use Your Illusion. “November Rain” is one of the longest songs to ever make the top ten billboard hits charts, the music video won a cinematography award in the 1992 MTV awards.

 

7. Rage Against the Machine, Gurilla Radio

“Guerilla Radio” won a grammy for best hard rock performance for the well known band, Rage Against the Machine, in 2000. However, the song was released on the band’s 1999 album, The Battle of Los Angeles.

 

6. The Smashing Pumpkins, Tonight, Tonight

“Tonight, Tonight” appears on The Smashing Pumpkin’s 1996 album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and was written by the band’s lead singer, Billy Corgan. The song was an instant hit and recieved the highest praise from Rolling Stone who describe “Tonight, Tonight” as The Smashing Pumpkins “at their finest.”

 

5. Pearl Jam, Black

“Black,” is a typical rock song from the 1990’s in that its essence is extremely dark and mysterious. Some critics said it was a bit of a play on the words of in the song Jeremy. (It was a song ahead of its time…gun safety and school shootings.) The song appeared on Pearl Jam’s debut album Ten and can be credited for much of the band’s subsequent success.

 

4. Green Day, Basket Case

“Basket Case” appears on Green Day’s 1994 album, Dookie. The song spent five weeks on the Billboard Modern Rock Track’s number one spot. The song also won a 1995 Grammy award nomination.

 

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Under the Bridge

“Under the Bridge” appears on the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s fifth album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and was extremely well received by the public. The song’s popularity peaked at number two on the Billboard Top 100 charts, but its popularity continued to grow with the release of the music video, which won two awards at the MTV awards that same year. The song’s popularity has continued to grow, and it is now considered one of the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s greatest songs of all time.

 

2. Foo Fighters, Everlong

Dave Grohl is arguably the greatest rock genius of the 1990’s which reflects in his involvement in both The Foo Fighters and Nirvana. “Everlong” was written in the wake of his break-up with his first wife, and its success paved the way for the Foo Fighter’s continued success into the 21st century.

1. Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit

There is no argument that “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is the greatest rock song of the 90’s and the greatest Nirvana song by extension. The song even reached Rolling Stones list for top songs of the year where it landed in the number two spot.

 

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