Best Nirvana Songs


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!

The best voice over a rock song...
What the hell of music...

2 Heart-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''

Yeah it's a really great song, but it's not underrated in any way possible whatsoever - Gruunge

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.

Needs to be number 1. Best Nirvana song. - RadioHead03

Awesome song - PatrickStar3

3 Lithium

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.

"Most of the people who have an individual opinion that just happens to be the same as the most popular opinion, haven't listened to many other songs." - Martin_Canine

Reminds me of Self-Esteem by The Offspring

Such a banger - PatrickStar3

4 Come 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!

Here's the problem while Smells like Teen Spirit is overrated this song is also overrated since it's a rip off of a another song (Killing Joke - The Eighties) - christangrant

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

This song has the grungiest guitar riff ever and it will be stuck in my head forever.

5 In Bloom

most amazing song I've ever heard; wish I could have heard it live.

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.

Every song they made was amazing but this one is my favorite! - falling4usucks

Definitely their best

6 All 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

The haunting quality of the production on this song, combined with the brilliant guitar melody supported by the beautifully dark sounding cello parts, in addition to the pain in the lyrics and the incredibly effective extended ending to the song...all of this makes All Apologies not only one of Nirvana's very best songs...I think it is one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

7 You 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.

Very underrated

8 The 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..

Great cover - PatrickStar3

The best my first song I played

9 Rape 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

What if I played this in school? Lol - Misfire

10 About 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



The Contenders

11 Drain You

Awesomely epic - PatrickStar3

I love that weird part in the middle where the guitar kinda sounds like a leaky faucet (I don't know just me? ). - failross

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

12 Dumb

"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

This song is unexpectedly low. I love that cello part just after "think I'm just happy". It's such an awesome chill song and it deserves to be higher up on this list, just give it a listen and you will agree.

13 Pennyroyal 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

I really reallly and very very love this song

Goosebumps! One of my fave song... Have a cup of tea guys. This song shows the powerful voice of kurt.. Long live


14 Breed

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?

Purely AMAZING guitar, and good lyrics. Definitely should be top 3.

My favorite Nirvana song! Pumps me up so much! I go crazy every time I hear it! I lose track of time and place when this song plays! Probably my favorite song ever, any band or genre!

15 Something 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?

MELANCHOLY in its purest form.

Kurt Cobain's rough voice plays an important in the song's mood

This should be WAY hy higher on this list

16 Aneurysm

My second favorite by them. Amazing guitar riffs and good vocals. How is this number 17? - KingSlayer93316

This song is one of my favorites and I LOVE smells like teen spirit. True Nirvana fans likes all their albums and songs.

One of my favorite songs of all time. - TheGamingGuy

Best nirvana song

17 Where 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.

Why is this not higher?

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...

18 Scentless Apprentice

Kurt's distorted voice adds extra intensity, beyond that it has great interchange of the riffs, which by themselves are amazing anyways. The bridge is great also.

Most saddest scene to see Kurt while performing this song. Live in Brazil, where he show off his peepee to the live camera and spitting all the cameras there. WHY KURT WHY? Lol

Quite clearly the best song, no idea why it's at the bottom. Amazingly underrated and amazing drum beat... Love the scream in the chorus.. R.I.P Kurt Cobain

The most underrated nirvana song ever! Great drums beat. Great base guitar. Great chorus with Kurt's screams and after all great lyrics.

19 Territorial Pissings

Brutal punk Nirvana - MattAffterburner

To the person who doesn't know anything but "Teen Spirit", this sounds like an absolute train wreck of a song, but that is what makes it their best!

Their most underrated song, really an awesome track. Absolute powerhouse of a tune.

This song is so awesome, heaps of energy.
it should be at least top 12
And why is Teen spirit at the top? Its not even that great,
most of Nevermind is better than it

20 Polly

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.

5.)Territorial Pissings
4.)About a Girl
3.)Rape Me
2.)Heart Shaped Box
1.)Polly - SandersS16

Polly wants number one

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

21 Lounge Act

My favorite nirvana song

Crazy Song, but great nevertheless - bhargavsai

This song is amazing but it's so underrated

I wouldn't say it was the single best ever Nirvana song, but it's up there with You Know You're Right and Scentless Apprentice. Smells like Teen Spirit is the most overrated Nirvana song and really doesn't define Nirvana as a grunge band. Probably not even worthy of the top 20.

22 Sliver

Are you KIDDING me? This may not be the best nirvana song, but it is MUCH better than #25, if any of you are Nirvana fans, then I would suggest you vote for it, and if you don't wanna vote for it, at least LISTEN to it, all it is is Curt Kobain singing grandma take me home'

Not the best song, but it breaks my heart to see, that it is so underestimated by people. This song is still one of Nirvana's best, extremely powerful, and sustained by genius lyrics

Really 'out of this world' song. The guitar riffs, the bass and the lyrics are so very awesome that I listen to this song again and again. Please get it up on the list guys, the is the real Nirvana!

The way Kurt captures the feelings of a child along with the sweet bass line and heavy drums wins it for me

23 School

School in 54th place. you mad or something? This is the third best song of Nirvana after Lithium and Come as you are (Smells like teen spirit is 4th :))

Pretty amazing song. One of the best opening riffs ever. Not the best of all time, but certainly higher than 42nd place.

23!? This song is so bad ass! Sure there is only 10 words but it is more of a instrumental thing. I love this song especially the live at reading version. If you are a Nirvana fan and you haven't heard this song, I would definitely check it out

Hey this should be in the top ten at least man it explains seattle in it

24 On a Plain

On a plain, should be higher on this list, but I can't complain... Seattle rules!

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

I love this song. It isn't even the band's best effort but it still manages to make my top 10. The unplugged version is my favorite.

25 Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

Amazing. A real grower

Honestly, this is the best nirvans song - Cucboi99

Really underrated! At least Top 20 surely! Listen to this song from their Live and Loud Concert, it's brilliant!

Why is this # 40? The lyrics are awesome & it is very heavy and loud. How can you guys rate this #40.

26 Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle


Amazing song with very good lyrics. 'To come back as fire to burn all the liars and leave a blanket of ash on the ground'. Just everything in this song sounds so perfect.R.I. P Kurt Cobain

The best Nirvana song my opinion. Deep dark meaningful lyrics, powerful chores, loud distorted guitars, Kurt's haunting voice just makes this song 10x better every time you listen to it.

Wow. People need to start listening to more nirvana, this is definitely my favorite song by them. From lyrics to the melody, just perfect

27 Serve the Servants

This is not in the top ten? What! This song is god dude! Love it! It's way better than a lot of these other songs! Must be put in the top ten dude, must! It's one of there best! Sick rift!

One of my favourite. I really like lyrics of this song. the best beginning of In Utero - lwiaczesc9


An amazing opening song for an amazing album. Its basically the anti-Smells Like Teen Spirit, with its loud and exciting verses and its calmer choruses. My favorite Kurt Cobain guitar riff and one of my favorite Kurt Cobain guitar solos, just behind In Bloom and Sappy. Overall my favorite Nirvana song, it is completely underrated.

28 Lake of Fire

The biggining is the best!

even though songs have better lyrics... this is still the best one for me... just... can people be so deaf? this has to be AT LEAST in the first 15!

Top 8-9 song for me

Fantastic and underrated track

Where the bad folks go when they die
they don't go to heaven where the angels fly
la la la

29 Sappy

Best song ever iv heard

Give this song another listen and enjoy

The greatest song I've ever heard of about a turtle.

I named my pet turtle Sappy

30 Love Buzz

Definitely top 10,why is it at 31

It's underrated. Should be in top 3. Nothing more to say. UNDERRATED!

Such an awesome song.. Why is it, for God's sake, numer 31? It should be at least top ten. Especially the riff is really good and catchy. As said already, it is amazingly underrated.

Second best song (after Smells Like Teen Spirit). Enough said.

31 Negative Creep

Ferocious... this is true Nirvana

many people don't know about this one, WHAT'S WRONG WITH THEM! - rock2metal

This is so underrated

If your a true Nirvana fan you should know this one! - flippermafatpatty

32 Milk It

Super underrated. Love it

Highly underrated, milk it is by far one of Nirvana's top songs. Powerful ass, high energy chorus which gives you that 'feel awesome' feeling. Should be way up there!

I honestly don't really like the majority of Milk it. Sure, the main guitar riff is pretty cool and the lyrics are pretty complicated, but the intro, verses and the guitar solo sound like a beginner is playing them. Don't get me wrong, I love Nirvana, they're my favorite band. But Milk it just sounds like they were milking the time they had to record this song. 3/10

Love dis song! I'm actually listening to it right now!

33 Blew

Blew on 38th position? Really? This song should be at least on the 15th position, where it's more deserving.

"If you wouldn't mind I would like to blew
If you wouldn't mind I would like to lose
If you wouldn't care I would like to leave
If you wouldn't mind I would like to breathe"

Come on dudes, this song rocks!

Wow 43?! SHAMEFUL! This song embodies Nirvana! M/ Someone using this site to find good Nirvana songs would completely overlook this song with it being buried all the way down here at 43. Come on people! Kurt would be disappointed.

One of the best Nirvana songs and the best from Bleach in my opinion, Kurt's voice is so powerful in this song...

I would go for "Love Buzz", but that's a cover song. Blew is sludgy, hard, heavy, and is a prime example of Nirvana's early years.

34 Marigold

One of the best songs and its history which shows the respect and affection Dave has for Kurt makes this even more special

Great song. Really reflects how awesome of a musician Dave is. - MontyPython

The song has a very good (a bit sad) vibe to it that always gets me thinkin'

35 Stay Away

This needs to be HIGHER - KillerQueen1774

Deserves to be in the top 10 at least! This is like Breed 2.0 and rocks just as hard as that song so get this up there immediately!

It should be on the top 10... I think this song is the most powerful song by nirvana.. Very strong.. Very good

I love this song it makes me feel happy. Rip kurt

36 Plateau

You must be kidding me! This song is one of the best songs I've ever heard! There are so many qualities, I can't even dare to pretend that I can list them all. The most obvious are: Kurt's incredible voice, great lyrics (the chorus sounds SO GOOD), and mind blowing guitar... just listen to it!

Yes, I agree. This song IS very good, however, it's not theirs. They covered it from a band they admire called "The Meat Puppets". If it was theirs, I would say it deserves a top 10 spot. The song is very catchy and awesome.

Smarten up kids. This is top 5. If he wrote the list

37 Old Age

This should be way higher! Amazing song

Really a great song with catchy melody and brilliant chorus.

Really? Give this song a shot,you'll fall in love with it!


38 Dive

How is this not in the top 10, or 20 even?

Some amazing songs in their discography haven't even got a single vote! I suppose that's testament to how many great songs they had. Still, as great as it is, 'Smells like teen spirit' is their only song that I can't even listen to anymore. Very surprised to see that at no. 1.

This should be number 1. It's really great.

The best Nirvana song along with Aneurysm and Endless Nameless

39 Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam

I feel like this is the one song that Kurt speaks the greatest in, although the words lack the certain punch most of his songs have. I feel the unique status the character is given in the song reflects Kurt's outsider attitude in real life.

This is one of their best songs! It should at least be in the top 20!

This Song > Smell like teen spirit, one of the bests song I've ever heard in my life, Nirvana ROCKS. - rubenescaray

40 Do Re Mi

These are Kurt's last words to us right here.

This completely acoustic song is filled with so much sorrow and beauty it's almost overwhelming. Absolutely criminal that this song is so low on the list, please pay more attention to these gems that have flown so far under the radar.

I can't believe this song is so low. This is my favorite Nirvana song. It's so beautiful! The voice, the guitar, the lyrics. Everything in this song is perfect!

This and Old Age are so underatted! The lyrics to this song totally get me every time I hear it. I'm so glad I found this song because I know this will be played at my funeral

Everyone needs to hear this song!

41 I Hate Myself and I Want to Die

The song title is supposed to be ironic and relate to teenagers when you ask them how their doing guys Kurt even said so in an interview chill

The title itself was this hint by Kurt of committing suicide.I really felt sad for him.. Kurt Cobain rip

Oh my god this is the top song of nirvana..46th you guys kidding me.. Listen to this song man!... Then you'll know the truth of Kurt Cobain...

This one should rate higher, but it's not the most well known.

42 Tourette's

There are songs that deserve to be at top list, Tourette deservers it.

Not a long song but still a very good one. Cobain was a real genius. RIP

Its really mad song it must have in top 10

This song gets too much hate. - Pony

43 Moist Vagina

Definitely their worst song. - I80

Found this song through Yelawolf's Marijuana song. Didn't realise it was actually Nirvana's!

Love how he gets so intense in this song. And describes Mary Jane so amusingly.

I like it better than teen spirit. You rock kurt

44 Molly's Lips

One of the good songs of Nirvana

45 Oh the Guilt

One of the hardest songs of Nirvana, and one of the best.

46 Verse Chorus Verse

(speaking of the Nevermind outtake here, included on With the Lights Out)

I know it was never an official release, but VCV will always hold a candle of emotion that tops all. Something inside Kurt's voice, almost a melancholy, harmonic tone, accentuates this track alongside Dave's cymbal crashes and Krist's smooth bassline. The riff itself, which amps a little in volume and at the wall of distortion kicking in at the chorus, is daresay soothing and definitely enjoyable, if only for the pure simplistic nature of it that brings out the other wonders of the band's sound inside the song.

Overall, this needs to be higher. I highly recommend a listen to anyone whom has not heard it.


47 Alcohol
48 Beeswax

Sure, I'll admit it's structurally flawed. But it's also a grandiose earworm. And frankly, I'd rather have this stuck in my head than any song on pop radio.

49 Aero Zeppelin

Man, this song should be in the first page. You can enjoy both metal and punk style in this song.

Best nirvana song. Period.
The lyrics, the drums, the voice... And above all, the guitar...
Kurt really shows his guitar skills on this one.

This song is offensively underrated

Why the hell is this song down here!

50 Suicide Samurai
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