4Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box
Favorite Lyric: "I will eat your cancer, when you turn black"
Those lyrics were Kurt's way of saying "I love you". Originally titled Heart-Shaped Coffin, when Courtney Love overheard Kurt playing the song secretly, she asked her husband if she could use its riff for Hole to which he responded with: "Fuck off".
3Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nevermind)
Favorite Lyric: "I'm worst at what I do best and for this gift I feel blessed"
The opening riff is one of the most recognizable in music's history. While many believed that Nirvana became an overnight success with the release of Teen Spirit, it actually took several months before the song really picked up. Curious for more? Read our entire history of Smells Like Teen Spirit article.
2Nirvana - Lithium (Nevermind)
Favorite Lyric: "I'm so happy, cause today I found my friends, they're in my head"
Lithium originally featured Chad Channing as the drummer. Kurt blew his voice while recording the song, hated Chad's drumming and the demo was stuck in limbo for a while. After getting Dave Grohl on board, Nirvana re-recorded the song with Dave playing a much more simple drum pattern.
1Nirvana - You Know You're Right (Nirvana)
Favorite Lyric: "Nothing really bothers her, she just wants to love herself"
You Know You're Right was the last song that Nirvana ever recorded before the death of Kurt Cobain. While his death was tragic, the track turned out to be a very fitting salute for Nirvana.