Formed in Aberdeen, Washington State, in 1987, Nirvana was the ultimate grunge band. Iconic singer Kurt Cobain and bass player Krist Novoselic founded the band, with several different drummers coming and going over the years. Dave Grohl, who joined up in 1990, was the most successful of all, eventually going on to become a frontman in his own right as leader of the Foo Fighters. A relatively short-lived band that tragically ended with the suicide of Cobain in 1994, Nirvana created a sound entirely of their own, with Cobain’s emotive vocals and the band’s powerful lyrics resonating with an entire generation. Here are five of their best ever hits.
Something In The Way
Written by Cobain, Something In The Way was the last song on the band’s greatest album: Nevermind. Believed to be based on a period of Cobain’s life in which he’d been living on the streets, Something In The Way, like so many of Nirvana’s hits, had distinctly overbearing and negative connotations, delivered with raw, brutal frankness, but is also blessed with a melodious nature that makes it the sort of song fans listened to again and again.
Interestingly, initial attempts to record the song with the whole band were unsuccessful, so Cobain simply sat down in the studio and played the whole thing with an acoustic guitar, with the other parts being added in later.