Nirvana – History, Albums and Top Hits

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Nirvana – History, Albums and Top Hits

In my opinion one of the greatest bands of all time!


  • Bleach
  • NeverMind
  • In Utero

Major Band Members:

  • Kurt Cobain – Lead Vocals, Guitar (1987-1994)
  • Krist Novoselic – Bassist, Accordion (1987-1994)
  • Dave Grohl – Drums, Backing Vocals (1990-1994)

Brief History:

Nirvana was a popular rock music band that was formed by two Americans, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic in the year 1987. Kurt Cobain was the genius guitarist while Krist was the bassist partner. The duo grew up in Aberdeen, Washington and met through a friend while at high school. Before settling for the name Nirvana, they had tried some other names like Skid Row, Pen Cap Chew, Bliss, Ted Ed Fred but eventually Cobain managed to convince his partner to have a simple and beautiful name, Nirvana. In the year 1990, a third member of the group Dave Grohl joined them to serve as a drummer. He was one of the longest serving drummers of the band. In the previous year, 1989, they had already recorded their first album called “Bleach” that was produced by Independent Record label Sub Pop. This album managed to sell 35,000 copies. During the making of this album, the duo incorporated Jason Everman who acted as the second guitarist and was actually the sponsor of the album. They developed a sound that was based on dynamic contrast, featuring quiet and loud choruses. In the year 1991, the band signed with a major label called DGC records where it produced its second album “NeverMind” which included the song Smells Like Teen Spirit. The “NeverMind” album sold a whooping 10 million copies in the USA alone.

This band managed to popularize Alternative Rock among its fans especially with the song Smells like Teen Spirit which was referred to as the anthem of Generation X. This song hit the number one spot on the Billboard 200 Album Charts. It was during this time period that Nirvana came to referred to as the ‘flagship band’ of Generation X as well. The group’s spokesman Cobain later fell in love with Courtney Love, who was a singer in another band called Hole. The two later married in 24th February the same year.

A local producer worked on the first album, Bleach, by the name Jack Endino. This album was characterised by heavy dirge- rock of the Melvins and Mudhoney, 1970s heavy metal of Black Sabbath and 1980s punk rock. On 21st September 1993, Nirvana released its third album called In Utero which became number one on its debut and contained the Modern Rock radio hits like Heart Shaped Box and All Apologies. This album did not have as many hits compared to the second album. Their last American Concert was held in Seattle Center Arena on January 7th 1994. This tour had started in October 18th of 1993. On 6th February 1994, Nirvana toured Europe.

Cobain, who was the most outspoken of the trio, started abusing drugs. He became so addicted to contraband goods that at one point he was found collapsed in a hotel room while on tour in Europe. This band later disbanded after Cobain was found dead. The other members were so devastated that they decided to split up, bringing an end to an American Alternative rock band whose style of rock was Grunge that had enjoyed a lot of success in their years of prominence.

Top 10 Nirvana Songs:

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. In Bloom
  3. Sliver
  4. Breed
  5. Something In The Way
  6. Dive
  7. Lithium
  8. About a Girl
  9. Drain You
  10. Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Smells Like Teen Spirit Video: