The history of the grunge band Nirvana is very short. In 1987, the band was founded by guitarist/vocalist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic. In 1990, drummer Dave Grohl joined the band. With their debut album “Bleach” in 1989, the band made a name for themselves in their hometown of Seattle.
The single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from their second album “Nevermind” unexpectedly became a global success, and the band was instantly huge. Frontman Kurt Cobain was labeled by the media as the “voice of a generation”, while Nirvana was seen as the flag bearer for Generation X. Cobain felt uncomfortable with this label and focused mainly on the music. In 1993, the third album “In Utero” was released. It would be the band’s last album, as Cobain committed suicide in 1994 at the age of 27.
Now for the 10 best songs by Nirvana.
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
Starting with “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, the song that put Nirvana on the map and defined an entire generation. The powerful guitar riffs and Cobain’s signature vocals make this an unforgettable rock classic.
2. Heart Shaped Box
“Heart Shaped Box” is a dark and introspective song, rich in emotion and musical depth. The lyrics explore themes of love, obsession, and loss.
3. Come As You Are
With its mesmerizing guitar riff and inviting message, “Come As You Are” is one of the band’s most recognizable and beloved songs.
“Lithium” is a song that delves into the struggle with mental health and isolation. The dynamic shifts between the verses and chorus make it a powerful musical piece.
5. In Bloom
With its cheerful melody and satirical lyrics, “In Bloom” critiques mainstream culture and those who don’t truly understand the band’s message.
6. The Man Who Sold the World
This cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” showcases Nirvana’s ability to make a song their own. The acoustic rendition during their MTV Unplugged session is legendary.
7. All Apologies
“All Apologies” is an introspective song filled with regret and self-reflection. It’s one of the last songs the band released before Cobain’s tragic death.
8. About a Girl
“About a Girl” showcases Nirvana’s more melodic side. It’s a simple love song, but with the band’s signature grunge twist.
9. You Know You’re Right
“You Know You’re Right” is one of the last songs Cobain recorded. It’s a powerful song filled with anger and frustration, offering insight into his mental state in his final days.
10. Serve The Servants
“Serve The Servants” opens the “In Utero” album and immediately sets the tone for the entire album. It critiques the media and the pressures of fame.