Best Nirvana Songs

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The Top Ten

1
Smells Like Teen Spirit
the best ever, so famous and one of the top sounds in music history... with amazing kurt's voice...
Kurt Cobain is like the Greek son Of Orpheus god of music because smells like teen spirit is masterly I don't think anything can even touch this song long live NIRVANA!
I think that its pretty obvious why this song one! If you don't already know, it's cause it TOTALLY ROCKS!
[Newest]Song smoothly carries us from the beginning to the end like hair swinging in a warm persistent breeze caught between strands when in a convertible ^_^
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2Heart Shaped Box
Great song. Seriously underrated. By the way, when it's played backwards, ''forever in debt to your priceless advice'' sounds like ''I'm suicidal, for your mistake you have been warned''
This is the song that made me aware of Nirvana and download nearly every song I could find. It's quite depressing but somehow, I can listen to it no matter what mood my PMS has bestowed upon me. Nirvana is just so universal, these top three songs are absolutely addictive.
This is one out of my three absolute top-favourite Nirvana songs.
This song has so many possible meanings, same as the music video, and every time I listen to it I think of a new possible meaning, ranging from relationship issues to cancer in children (Which Kurt Cobain has also clarified).
It is so underrated, and this makes me really upset. Yeah, Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are are amazing songs, but they don't seem to hold so much meaning as Heart-Shaped Box.
RIP Kurt Cobain, you will be forever loved and missed.
[Newest]You can feel the pain in Kurt's voice. Like, physically. This song makes you sad.
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3Come As You Are
Can everyone stop voting for the overplayed Smells Like Teen Spirit? We all know it's great, but Nirvana have more than just 1 good song. This deserves way more than 9 percent! VOTE!
well.. Come As You Are is an awesome song! and I love the lyrics..
the guitar riffs are just AWESOME and you can actually feel the songs meaning..
of course Smells Like Teen Spirit is the BEST.. but I would vote for this cause this is epic too!
Smells like teen spirit is overrated! This has such a cool mellow sound
[Newest]I love this songs, I love all nirvana's songs ever...
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4Lithium
Like my favorite Nirvana song! Very deep lyrics as well... "... I'm so ugly, but that's okay cause so are you... "
My favorite, yes, over teen spirit. Most of the people who voted it, haven't listen to many other songs.
My favorite <3 Though Heart Shaped Box is up there, too.
[Newest]Smells like teen spirit is only at the top because people only know this band by that or Heart shaped box.. sad world

5In Bloom
most amazing song I've ever heard; wish I could have heard it live.
Every song they made was amazing but this one is my favorite!

falling4usucks

Plain Perfection. If only, Kurt Cobain was alive right now there would be hundred's of song's in this list and the entire rock scene would be different.
[Newest]The best TOP 10 ever! Agree?!

6All Apologies
Kurt Cobain's restrained voice, coupled with the amazing guitar line, easily makes this song their best. The end sequence for this song is one of the best I've heard.
So many great songs but of their songs All Apologies gets my vote. Not including any of their many great covers from leadbelly to the vaselines, the meat puppets or bowie etc. Kurt you are truly 1 of the greats & it's sad that music hasn't been the same since you've passed. The music you wrote will live on forever! R.I.P. Kurt
The acoustic version on MTV Unplugged in New York is simply amazing, Kurt's vocals are beauty personified and the guitar line is just wow. Great song by a great band. Hats off.

KurdtKobain94

[Newest]"I wish I was like you, Easily amused" The lyrics are so clever

7The Man Who Sold the World
yeah a great song even though it's a cover song originally done by David Bowie Kurt Cobain makes it even better

sUx2Bu

How can one not just love this great song. Kurt is amazing as always, the guitar piece is mesmerizing. Many people say that Smells Like Teen Spirit is overrated, I don't think so. I don't hate any of their songs. But this one's my favorite:

Oh no, not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With the man who sold the world

These lyrics makes me ecstatic. Nirvana fan for life..
wonderful song, I love it, so calm yet catching, try it, I don't know much about nirvana but this was a top level of its kind
[Newest]Kurt cobain new how to sing this song more the David Bowie.

8About a Girl
The Guitar solo that starts from the middle of the song.. that's what I am talking about!

goutkris

My favorite Nirvana song. The unplugged version is even better, and if you like acoustic you will love this. All in all, this song is listed as one of the greatest love songs above Heart Shaped Box, so why is it not above it here?
This should be like 3 or something
[Newest]Definitely should be higher, such a good song, the tempo is perfect.

9Rape Me
Such an underrated song that I feel is one of their best
Fantastic Sound, Amazing Guitaring, Bashing Vocals, This should be way above!
Listening to it continuously since past 3 days... Can't stop listening to it... On cell on pc nirvana
[Newest]This song made me want to pick up my guitar again

10You Know You're Right
kurt voice sounds amazing on this song!
gives me chills as I listen to each chord along with kurts pain in his voice
Best on this list. WHY IS SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT ON THE TOP! Even Kurt didn't like that song.
[Newest]I can feel his pain! One of the saddest songs ever...

The Contenders

11Pennyroyal Tea
Ok, I can understand that some of my favorite songs are not on the top ten, because I like A LOT MORE than 10 nirvana songs. I agree with 9 out of the ten songs included in the top ten, except for breed, I mean, it just doesn't belong there. There's two songs that deserve to be on the top ten, and those are: 1. About a Girl: Bleach was characterized as being a "dirty sounding" album, but about a girl is simply the masterpiece in there. It's their first great song (followed closely by blew and school). 2. Pennyroyal tea: Ok, do I even have to explain to you why this is one of the songs that should replace Breed in the top ten? It's a perfect balance between the rather edgy and sharp sound of Heart Shaped Box and the greatly melodic All Apologies. It's just a perfect song, not my favorite, but one of them; it definitely is one of the 2 songs that deserve to replace breed in the top ten
Goosebumps! One of my fave song... Have a cup of tea guys. This song shows the powerful voice of kurt.. Long live
Absolutely thrilling! Love that song, best one from Nirvana
[Newest]A very powerful song... Love it

12Something in the Way
Guys PLEASE stop voting for Teen Spirit. It's a great song, we all know it but don't be such a poser and vote for it just because that's the only Cobain song you've ever heard. Try out other songs and you'll realize that Teen spirit's just a little Overrated. Don't you think?
I don't understand why this song is No. 22, this song is my favorite alongside with You know you're right. Please vote this song up, more people need to be aware of this song.
Kurt Cobain's rough voice plays an important in the song's mood
[Newest]I love this, my favorite Nirvana track

13Breed
One of the greatest songs ever! Good intro to a song
'We can plant a house, We can build a tree'
Such great lyrics. Should definitely be in the top 10. The best song in nevermind alongside Drain You and Endless Nameless. R.I.P Kurt Cobain
I think that this song need to be in top 10. this song had good riffs and Kurt sang it very well. its so great listen it. this is my opinion. and this forum its to people give them opinion. am I right?
Come on this is an amazing song! How could it be so low, and honestly all people who vote for smells like teens spirit could vote for something else, we already know it is their most famous and overplayed song. Doesn't need 33%.
[Newest]What an awesome and rocking song!

14Dumb
"I'm not like them
But I can pretend
The sun is gone,
But I have a light
The day is done,
I'm having fun
I think I'm dumb
Or Maybe just happy

Think I'm just happy"

There is a reason this was in the greatest hits album. Get this in the top 10 ASAP!
This is Nirvana's most beautiful song, both lyrically and musically. Maybe not their best, but definitely my favourite.
The unplugged version is best and to see his face during performance is just... In credible.. You can see the pain in his eyes
[Newest]I absolutely love this song!

15Where Did You Sleep Last Night
Amazing song, starts off slow, and then Kurt's vocals explode; really stirring song
The song is a cover of a folk song made famous by Leadbelly. It was performed in Nirvana's Unplugged set in 1993 as the final song from the set. The song is chilling and kind of creepy, as it was one of the last performances Cobain ever left for the public to hear. The last verse is screamed but not in a bad, aimless way. You can tell there is emotion and angst behind it. And unlike other Nirvana songs, Cobain was actually pleased with the performance himself. When asked to perform an encore at Unplugged, he refused because he didn't feel he could top this song. And he was right. This song is perfect.
This was the epitome of Kurt, his voice, the way the show ended, even he knew it was perfection when MTV wanted to do another take. It was the last time many of us saw Kurt Cobain alive, and it is how we remembered him, and the way I will...
[Newest]This is my second favorite honestly

16Aneurysm
This song is one of my favorites and I LOVE smells like teen spirit. True Nirvana fans likes all their albums and songs.
I just don't believe that this awesome song isn't in the top 10. For me, its the most underrated song of all time. I used to think that Heart Shaped Box is their best song, but when I heard Aneurysm... Damn, I just love this song!
This will always be my favorite Nirvana song! This song is so much better than Smells Like Teen Spirit! Smells Like Teen Spirit is just overrated by all the fake Nirvana fans who only listened to them on the radio!
[Newest]Should be in the top ten

17Drain You
Not the best, but the part after the 2nd chorus (that with the guitar explosion at the end) is my favorite moment of Nevermind. Kurt said he likes it more than Teen Spirit.
Haha this song is cool. I love all their song but I can listen to this longer than smells like team spirit. Kinda catchy song
Kurt Cobain liked this song more then Teen Spirit for a reason. Don't get me wrong, Heart Shaped Box, Lithium, Come As You are.. All are fantastic songs, but I'll have to say, this is my favorite song by the greatest grunge act there was, is, and ever will be.
[Newest]Drain You is my favourite of all the Nirvana songs. To many people voting for the more popular songs! Please this is me begging genuine fans to vote for this song!

18Polly
Incredible song, sung by Kurt in this soothing voice that gives the song a sort of comforting feel to spooky lyrics. Can't believe I needed to scroll down the list this far to see it.
This is underrated on this website this is a song where kurt actually sat down to write a song and you can hear this from his voice
Having this song at 17 is a crime. Simple as that. Beautiful song which showcased Nirvana's incredible talent exceptionally well, and is still just as memorable, and disturbing today as it was in 1991. Particularly like the Live at Reading version. Long live rock.
[Newest]Really amazing song and great recognition to that poor girl who was kidnapped, God bless you Kurt for your great and awesome talent and thoughtfulness!

19Lounge Act
This song is at the no. 17 position in the top grunge songs of all time on the same website. Man, please get it up it's an awesome pieces of s**t!
Crazy Song, but great nevertheless

bhargavsai

Oh come on! This song is way better than territorial pissings and negative creep. I know it's not very famous, but should be at least in top 15...!
[Newest]This song should be in the top 10. The lyrics are a masterpiece. I can't understand why it is not as famous as any other on the top.

20On a Plain
What I like about this song is that, although Kurt wrote it in a couple minutes, and only to "fill" the album, there's something about the rhythm and the lyrics that's somehow catchy.
I'm on a plain
I can't complain
Just a fun song:) even kurt said it was just total gibberish. Always underrated with nirvana songs, along with dumb and sappy

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