These are Kurt Cobain's biggest influences. These are Kurt's influences without them he wouldn't have made music. Also here's a source: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/19/140487084/the-mix-50-artists-who-inspired-kurt-cobain
The Top Ten
1PixiesThe Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering.
He really got into their music at young age like The Beatles, they influenced his music.
2MelvinsThe Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.
Without Melvins, it's possible Nirvana would never been formed.
4David BowieDavid Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.
Bowie was a influence to Cobain, Cobain even covered his son "The Man Who Sold The World."
5The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.
As matter of fact "About A Girl" was heavily influenced by The Beatles.
6FlipperFlipper is an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1979, continuing in often erratic fashion until the mid-1990s, then reuniting in 2005. The band influenced a number of grunge, punk rock and noise rock bands.
8Sonic YouthSonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.
Sonic Youth did influence Cobain in a way.
9MudhoneyMudhoney is an American alternative rock band. Formed in Seattle, Washington in 1988 following the demise of Green River, Mudhoney's members are singer and rhythm guitarist Mark Arm, lead guitarist Steve Turner, bassist Guy Maddison and drummer Dan Peters.
Just as big of a influence as the Melvins were.
10Black SabbathBlack Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.
Black Sabbath did influence Kurt.
Meat Puppets did quite influence Cobain's song writing not as much as Pixies though.
12Neil YoungNeil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
I heard he had "It's better to burn out than to fade away" in his suicide letter which is some lyrics from Hey Hey, My My. - BrianScott01
Cobain has even said he was a influence in interviews.
13Sex PistolsThe Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history ...read more.
Also confirmed in interviews.
14Iggy and the StoogesThe Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are ...read more.
17Black FlagBlack Flag was an American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California. Initially called Panic, the band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes in the band. They are widely considered to be one of ...read more.
My War was in his top 50 albums of all time. You can hear black flag coming through on some of Bleach. While they certainly didn’t influence him as much as the pixies, they’re certainly worth mentioning.