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!

Yep! Best nirvana's song ever.

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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.

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.

Geez why is smells like teen spirit overrated... honestly, this song isn’t that great either. My favorite is lithium but it didn’t have a chance of beating smells like teen spirit

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3 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


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4 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

My favorite song of all time. The vibe, the lyrics, the instruments, the voice, the everything is fantastic in this song. Don't get me wrong, Teen Spirit is amazing but the thing is I think that the YEAH YEAH is just amazing. Also Kurt commited suicide pretty much of his popularity and Teen Spirit was his most popular so being a hardcore Nirvana fan and Kurt being one of my idols, it seems hard to like. Yet I still love the crap out of that song... But lithium is just genius.

My favorite Nirvana song. Screw teen spirit this is great. - PanthersFTWpatriotsFTL

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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

Should be on number two. - Mesel

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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

It's a really good song "smells like teen spirit" is fine but I really like this one because of the lyrics its really deep... R.I.P Kurt Cobain

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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.

Probably Kurt's best vocal performance. I love the guitar work on this one too.

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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..

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

I would vote for this if it wasn't a cover - Frog04

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9 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

Currently one of my favorite nirvana songs the live at Reading version is really good

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10 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

Why do people think this is vulgar. Pssh soccer moms. - PanthersFTWpatriotsFTL

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The Contenders

11 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

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

This song speaks to me so much. I love this. This and Lithium are my favorites.

Best lyrics with a very deep meaning

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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

cool music

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13 Drain 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.

By far my favourite Nirvana song

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14 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?

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

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.

Smells like teen spirit is currently number one. Hmm... looks like we got some posers here

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15 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.

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...

The 2nd best cover song done by a major singer of all time. Only Cash in hurt is better.

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16 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?

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!

When I play this on guitar I get a vibe that just doesn’t come from any other song

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17 Aneurysm

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!

The incestide version is awesome. - PanagosBoi17

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18 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.

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.

Wow just wow

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19 Scentless Apprentice

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.

The first time when the 3 Nirvana's musicians have been collaborate, and one of the most loved song from Kurt. This song is definitely the definition of what is Nirvana.

Kurt plays the guitar violently in this song to mainly piss of Nevermind fanatics, what other artist would do that, no one but Kurt.

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20 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!

Do it. - PanthersFTWpatriotsFTL

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21 Lounge Act

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...!

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.

This is so frikin good! So over looked because of smells like teen spirit

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22 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!

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.

Best opening line on an album! "Teenage Angst has payed off well, now I'm bored and old." Genius. I love Nirvana and all of their songs, but this one just stands out more than the rest. Although I don't feel that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" should be number one, it's still a great song and without it, Nirvana might not have such an ever lasting legacy on music. RIP Kurt

Should be much higher in my opinion. I love this song's raw tone. - Pony

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23 Territorial Pissings

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

Yeah, teen spirit is probably my favourite but if you've seen the video for this you'll know that it shows the TRUE nirvana!

I really hate the fist 10 sec. when Kurt's talking: come on people now... but the moment when the guitar part starts is just so powerful, I can't even describe it with words. Personally I think it should be in the top 3 along with polly and lithium. This is one of the songs that made nevermind one of the best albums ever!
RIP Kurt!

At the end though when he just stops caring about the words and just starts screaming lol

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24 Milk 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

Want to hear REAL grunge? Look no further than this song. Nirvana were a grunge band, this song is actually worthy of the title grunge. None of that mainstream pop crap

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

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25 Lake of Fire

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!

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

Honestly this is quite a difficult list to have a top 10. Instead it should just say that almost all Nirvana songs are musical genius and could easily be swapped around on this list. In my opinion this one really hits the spot with that guitar.

According to me, this should be in the top ten. Wait.. It should be the no. 1 in fact. Liked it more than the original song.
Beautiful guitar riffs with powerful voice of Curt Cobain.

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26 On 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

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.

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27 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

Best nirvana song by far. SLTS is overrated

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28 Sappy

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

I named my pet turtle Sappy

This is a awesome song that is about a turtle and it... ROCKS!

My favourite Nirvana song and the most underrated.

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29 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

School 29th! There no way these people could have listened to All Nirvana’s songs!
School is one of the best! It absolutely rips your face off!

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30 Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

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.

Definitely underrated. Only Cobain could create an intro from distortion.

Not the best but at least much better than endless nameless come on laugh out loud

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31 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

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32 Negative Creep

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

Great song, I listen to it when I'm angry and I turn into a 'Negative Creep' laugh out loud

Seriously underrated, should be in the top ten at least

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

A classic; this is the song I go to when I'm pissed. - Pony

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33 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

34 Love Buzz

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.

Gosh I love this cover. And that bass line! - Pony

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35 Downer

Why is this #74? Really? This song is great! It should at least be in the top 20! WHY

Absolutely great song. So heavy and dark! Best nirvana song

Masta writiiih!


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36 Paper Cuts

Kurt said that paper cuts and smells like teen spirit are the two songs that describe nirvana. Definitely one of the best songs of nirvana!

An intense combination of a badass drum rhythm, distorted guitars and a killer chorus, certainly better than the majority of Nevermind

What a crazy song, I'll admit it took some time to grow one me. When it does grow on you, you'd love it's pure grunge. - Pony

This song hit me hard the first time I heard it definitely the hardest Nirvana song that made it onto an album. The instability In kurts voice really compliments the thumping bass and drums as they pointlessly try to supress the guitar. It sounds like a fight.

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37 I Hate Myself and I Want to Die

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.

Not much talk.. just thinking..

Maybe that's why you did die.

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38 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...

The song that introduced many of us into Nirvana. - Pony

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39 Marigold

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

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

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

Shut up it's good but not the best in history idiotic retard

40 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!


41 Stay Away

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

I don't know why

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42 Oh the Guilt

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

43 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.


44 Oh, Me

I'm astounded that this song is not on the list! The top ten list are all good songs, but I don't believe they are as profound or as moving as this one! - jMag220

Maybe some people haven't heard it that's why it's so low in the list

Dude this song is in their top 15!? Everyone knows that?

Best song

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45 Moist Vagina

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

This is one of their best songs, BUT only listen to it if you're alobe or having sex

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46 Floyd the Barber

Explores taboo. brilliant.

47 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

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48 Endless, Nameless

Eternal demonstration of Nirvana's power and rough sounds. Underrated because of being a secret track, but it's really awesome.

Would definitely be higher if it weren't a hidden track

Favorite, should be No.2 at least

Best Nirvana tune ever.

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49 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

50 Do Re Mi

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!

Best Song

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