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Top 10 Nirvana Songs

From pop-crossover 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' to the controversial 'Rape Me,' Nirvana songs spanned from hardcore to mainstream as a brewing grunge scene quickly moved its way to the top of the Billboard charts. Guitarist Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and longest-standing drummer Dave Grohl fused an innovative look, sound and controversy like nothing the music scene had every experienced. Here are the Top 10 Nirvana songs, as rated by AOL Radio Listeners.
10
'In Bloom'
The song's lyrics address people outside Nirvana's underground music community, who did not understand the band's message: "He's the one / Who likes all our pretty songs / And he likes to sing along / And he likes to shoot his gun / But he knows not what it means." Despite the song's message, this Nirvana song was well-liked by the music community, peaking at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Chart.
Nirvana In Bloom
09
'Heart-Shaped Box'
Originally titled 'Heart-Shaped Coffin,' Cobain's widow Courtney Love claims this song was re-named 'Heart-Shaped Box' after a present she had given to him.
Nirvana Heart Shaped Box
08
'All Apologies'
Kurt Cobain claimed he wrote 'All Apologies' about his wife Courtney Love and daughter Francis Bean -- but not the lyrics, just the song's "mood," which he described as "peaceful, happy, comfort."
Nirvana All Apologies
07
'Drain You'
If you think you hear some strange noises in this Nirvana song that you can't quite place, it's because there's a good chance they came from children's toys that Cobain brought to the studio.
Nirvana Drain You
06
'Lake Of Fire (Unplugged)'
After Cobain's 1994 suicide, Nirvana released this posthumous album that was recorded for MTV Unplugged in 1993. 'Lake of Fire' was an acoustic Meat Puppets cover and gave the song's original writers the spotlight after they were invited on stage to perform their song with Cobain and the rest of Nirvana.
Nirvana Lake Of Fire
05
'Dumb'
This Nirvana song came from the 1993 album 'In Utero,' which became Nirvana's third and final studio album.
Nirvana Dumb
04
'About A Girl (Unplugged)'
Supposedly written after Cobain spent time listening to The Beatles' 'Meet the Beatles!' repeatedly, he described the song as being "a jangly R.E.M. type of pop song on a grunge record" in a 1993 Rolling Stone interview.
Nirvana About A Girl
03
'Lithium'
Our No. 3 Nirvana song is about a man who finds solace in religion after the death of his girlfriend.
Nirvana Lithium
02
'Come As You Are'
Non-intentional at the time they were written, the lyrics "And I swear that I don't have a gun" now strangely allude to Cobain's 1994 suicide.
Nirvana Come As You Are
01
'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
The catchy song -- that brought Nirvana mainstream -- has been covered by everyone from Tori Amos to Weird Al to even Paul Anka.
Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit

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