Teenage Angst Has Paid Off Well. Now I’m Bored and Old.

Well, I’ve been gone awhile. I could explain, but I’m going to just cut to the chase: today is the day that Nirvana gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s also the twentieth anniversary of April 10, 1994, the date when thousands of mourners more or less spontaneously gathered at Seattle Center to mourn the loss of Kurt Cobain.

When I was a teenager, I was an enormous fan of Nirvana and even while I don’t listen to them as often as I used to, I find it to be the musical equivalent of one of those friendships where you can always pick up where you left off. I’ve been thinking a lot about Nirvana lately and its place in my life, so I’ve compiled a list of twenty of my favorite Nirvana songs. I would hesitate to call it my for-sure Top 20 because a) the list fluctuates a lot, b) I left off most of the hits on purpose, c) I tried to limit it to 2 songs per major release, and d) I haven’t re-listened to everything I have.

(Also, technologies are mysterious to me to an embarrassing degree, so they’re all YouTube links because I’m the dumbest and my computer is old and I’ve been spending most of this year pining for pre-internet times, which hasn’t helped.)

ANYWAY, without further ado, and in no particular ranking:

1. “Love Buzz” (Bleach)

2. “Swap Meet” (Bleach)

3. “Dive” (Incesticide)

4. “Aneurysm” (Incesticide)

5. “Lounge Act” (Nevermind)

6. “Something in the Way” (Nevermind)

7. “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” (In Utero)

8. “Pennyroyal Tea” (In Utero)

9. “Lake of Fire” (Unplugged in New York)

10. “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” (Unplugged in New York)

11. “Blandest” (all the following are B-sides and rarities that appear on the box set With the Lights Out unless otherwise noted)

12. “I Hate Myself and I Want to Die

13. “Curmudgeon

14. “Verse Chorus Verse

15. “Old Age

16. “Even in His Youth

17. “Marigold

18. “Clean Up Before She Comes

19. “Oh the Guilt

20. “Sappy