Best Nirvana Albums

The Top Ten
1 In Utero

Nevermind is a brilliant album, an absolutely brilliant album. When I was about to listen to In Utero, I thought to myself that this could not beat Nevermind. Nevermind is a classic, one of the best-selling albums of all time and one of the greatest albums of all time.

But when I listened to the entirety of In Utero, it made me want more from Nirvana. It made all of us want more from Nirvana. I couldn't explain it, but In Utero gave me a feeling I've never had, a feeling that cannot be explained. Nevermind just didn't give me this feeling.

With songs like Heart-Shaped Box all the way to All Apologies, it's safe to say that In Utero is an excellent closing to Nirvana's legacy that will never be forgotten.

2 Nevermind

No controversy here! However alternative you consider yourself within alternative rock, this is one you'll return to endlessly. Maybe it's because the singles are overplayed, but I like the second half of the album even more.

In Utero is a good album, but this is far better and should be #1.

Fantastic album again, cannot be knocked. Pure gold!

3 Bleach

It's great, but not always so. Many of these songs are unlistenable, and while songs like Paper Cuts and Floyd the Barber are certainly underrated, Bleach could have been perfected and maybe earned this spot in EP form. #5 would be more accurate, right after Incesticide.

But since I've criticized it enough already, Bleach is, again, a great album. Blew is undoubtedly the best banger, but About a Girl and, of course, School come close after. (Also, can I say that Negative Creep is overrated?)

While this isn't Nirvana's most interesting album in terms of lyrics and instrumentals, and they do kind of wear their influences on their sleeves, it's simply the most energetic and entertaining from their discography. It provides a pure thrill ride of raw, distorted anger which they never quite presented in the same way after.

4 MTV Unplugged in New York

Shows a calmer, more talented Nirvana. Behind the screams, you find real emotional depth, plus an outstanding cover of Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World - in my opinion, better than the original. It can also be heard on the best of.

Should be number 1. A perfect masterpiece.

5 Incesticide

The lows are undeniably low, but the highs (Aneurysm, Sliver, Dive, Son of a Gun, Molly's Lips, and Been a Son) are amazing. #5 is not right, because this album should be above Bleach just for that freaking closer. #4 would be more like it.

My personal favorite. This album is everything grunge was meant to be: raw, nihilistic, and just a good album overall. I understand that Nevermind is seen as the best by many, but if you want less commercial, stripped-down music, this is where it's at.

For a rarities album, you won't be disappointed. Obviously weaker than the studio releases but still worth a listen.

6 Live at Reading

Live at Reading has a bunch of great tracks off of Bleach, one off of In Utero, and a bunch of good songs off Nevermind. It also has so much energy that it blows the listener away. Definitely pick up this record.

Although not highly rated, it does contain a lot of hits performed live plus rare tracks I have found nowhere else.

I should have voted for this because I didn't read this far down, so I've already voted for Bleach.

7 Nirvana

Could contain more from Bleach, but the content is amazing. No bad songs, but it really should be longer. More rarities and a second disc would be more satisfying.

8 With The Lights Out
9 From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah

If you love Nirvana, buy it. If they're average to you, don't. It contains a few rare tracks, but it's nothing special.

I close my eyes and imagine I'm at their concert when I listen to this.

10 Sliver: The Best of the Box
The Contenders
11 Live On Air

More tracks you won't have heard. In fact, you probably don't know this one exists, but for a hardcore fan, it's essential.

12 Live in Buenos Aires

Personally, not fussed about this. It's an album for money, in my opinion.

13 Into the Blue
14 Hormoaning

I know this isn't necessarily an album, but it's great.

15 Blew
16 Live at the Paramount
17 Heart Shaped Box
18 Live and Loud
19 Icon
20 Outcesticide
21 Outcesticde 3
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