List of songs recorded by Nirvana

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Nirvana was an American rock band formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987, with drummer Dave Grohl joining the band in 1990. Though their brief run ended following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important rock bands of the modern era.

The band recorded three studio albums; Bleach, Nevermind and In Utero, with other songs available on live albums, compilations, extended plays (EPs), singles and reissues. Other songs that have surfaced or are known to exist but have not been released officially.

Table[edit]

  • The columns Title and Author list each song title and the writer(s) of each song, listed by last name only.
  • The column Release includes the official release on which the song first appeared. If a title has gone out of print and/or later appeared on an equally significant release, the song will include multiple release listings. For example, a number of b-sides and compilation tracks have been reissued on the With the Lights Out box set.
  • The columns Recorded, Location and Producer list the date that the song was recorded, the location of the studio or venue where the recording of the song took place and if applicable, the producer(s) of each song listed by last name. The column Time includes the tracks total playing time.
Title Author(s) Release(s) Recorded Location(s) Producer(s) Time
"About a Girl" Cobain Bleach (1989)
Nirvana (2002)
December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 2:48
"Sliver" single (1990)
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition)
February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR 2:28
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A]
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition)
October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 3:13
"About a Girl" single (1994)
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
Icon (2010)
November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 3:37
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, WA 2:44
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
3:09
"Aero Zeppelin" Cobain
Novoselic
Incesticide (1992) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 4:41
"Ain't It a Shame"[B] Ledbetter With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
August 20 / 28, 1989 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 2:01
"All Apologies" Cobain In Utero (1993)
"All Apologies / Rape Me" single (1993)
Singles (1995)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 3:51
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
"All Apologies" single (1994)[A]
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 3:37
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
1991 or 1992 Boombox recording, Olympia, WA
or Los Angeles, CA
3:33
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
3:09
"Aneurysm" Cobain
Novoselic
Grohl
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" single (1991)
Hormoaning (1992)
Singles (1995)
With the Lights Out (2004)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
January 1, 1991 The Music Source, Seattle, WA Montgomery 4:44
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A]
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition)
October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 4:50
Incesticide (1992) November 9, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London, UK Adhikari 4:36
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
"Aneurysm" single (1996)[A]
December 28, 1991 O'Brien Pavilion, Del Mar, CA O'Brien
Stata
4:31
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
4:34
"Anorexorcist"
(aka "Annorexorcist")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) April 17, 1987 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Dresch
Goodmanson
2:44
"Beans" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) 1987 or 1988 - 1:32 Outcesticide III: The Final Solution
"Been a Son" Cobain Blew (1989)
Nirvana (2002)
September 1989 The Music Source, Seattle, WA Fisk 2:22
"Lithium" single (1992)
Singles (1995)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 2:31
Incesticide (1992) November 9, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London, UK Adhikari 1:56
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) November 25, 1991 Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL O'Brien
Stata
2:07
With the Lights Out (2004) September 25, 1990 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Dresch
Goodmanson
1:12
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR 2:01
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
3:23
"Beeswax" Cobain Kill Rock Stars (1991)
Incesticide (1992)
January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 2:50
"Big Cheese" Cobain
Novoselic
"Love Buzz" single (1988)
Bleach (1992 reissue)
June–September 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 3:42
"Big Long Now" Cobain Incesticide (1992) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 5:04
"Blandest" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
June 6, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 3:56
"Blew" Cobain Bleach (1989)
Blew (1989)
December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 2:55
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) November 25, 1991 Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL O'Brien
Stata
3:36
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR 4:32
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
5:23
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA 4:09
"Breed"
(aka "Immodium")
Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Devonshire, Los Angeles, CA[C]
Vig 3:03
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) December 5, 1989 London Astoria, London, UK O'Brien
Stata
3:28
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
2:57
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig 3:15
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 3:11
"Clean Up Before She Comes" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, WA 3:12
"Come as You Are" Cobain Nevermind (1991)
"Come as You Are" single (1992)
Singles (1995)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Devonshire, Los Angeles, CA[C]
Vig 3:39
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 4:13
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005))
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA 4:10
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
3:34
"Curmudgeon" Cobain "Lithium" single (1992)
Singles (1995)
With the Lights Out (2004)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
April 7, 1992 Laundry Room Studios, Seattle, WA Jones 3:03
"D-7" Sage Hormoaning (1992)
"Lithium" single (1992)
With the Lights Out (2004)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
October 21, 1990 Maida Vale Studios, London, UK Griffin 3:47
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
3:43
"Dive" Cobain
Novoselic
"Sliver" single (1990)
Incesticide (1992)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig 3:55
With the Lights Out (2004) Spring 1989 Evergreen State Studio, Olympia, WA Babior 4:50
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theater, Portland, OR 3:42
"Do Re Mi" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
1994 Boombox recording, Seattle, WA 4:24
"Do You Love Me?" Stanley
Ezrin
Fowley
Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation (1992) Spring 1989 Evergreen State Studio, Olympia, WA Babior 3:24
"Don't Want it All"
(aka "Seed")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, WA 2:26
"Downer" Cobain Bleach (1992 reissue)
Incesticide (1992)
January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 1:43
With the Lights Out (2004) March 19, 1988 Community World Theatre, Tacoma, WA 1:43
"Drain You" Cobain "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single (1991)
Nevermind (1991)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Devonshire, Los Angeles, CA[C]
Vig 3:43
"Come as You Are" single (1992)
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A]
Singles (1995)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 3:47
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
"Drain You" single (1996)[A]
December 28, 1991 O'Brien Pavilion, Del Mar, CA O'Brien
Stata
3:34
With the Lights Out (2004) April 1991 4-track recording, San Francisco, CA[D] 2:38
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
3:54
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) September 3, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London, UK Griffin 4:04
"Dumb" Cobain In Utero (1993)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 2:32
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 2:52
With the Lights Out (2004) September 3, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London, UK Griffin 2:35
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
2:34
"Endless, Nameless" Cobain
Novoselic
Grohl
Nevermind bonus track (1991)
"Come as You Are" single (1992)
Singles (1995)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA Vig 6:44
With the Lights Out (2004) September 3, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London, UK Griffin 8:47
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 6:25
"Even in His Youth" Cobain "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single (1991)
Singles (1995)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
January 1, 1991 The Music Source, Seattle, WA Montgomery 3:03
With the Lights Out (2004) September 1989 The Music Source, Seattle, WA Fisk 3:12
"Floyd the Barber" Cobain Bleach (1989) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 2:18
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
January 23, 1988 Community World Theatre, Tacoma, WA 2:33
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theater, Portland, OR 2:17
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 2:27
"Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 4:09
"Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" Cobain
Novoselic
Grohl
In Utero bonus track (1993)
With the Lights Out (2004)
January 19–21, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro, BZ Montgomery 7:33
"Grey Goose"[B] Ledbetter With the Lights Out (2004) August 20 / 28, 1989 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 4:36
"Hairspray Queen" Cobain
Novoselic
Incesticide (1992) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 4:14
"Heart-Shaped Box" Cobain "Heart-Shaped Box" single (1993)
In Utero (1993)
Singles (1995)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 4:41
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) December 30, 1993 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, CA O'Brien
Stata
4:41
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
January 19–21, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro, BZ Montgomery 5:31
"Heartbreaker" Bonham
Jones
Page
Plant
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
March 7, 1987 17 Nussbaum Road, Raymond, WA 2:59
"Here She Comes Now" Cale
Morrison
Reed
Tucker
Heaven and Hell Volume One (1990)
"Here She Comes Now / Venus in Furs" single (1991)
With the Lights Out (2004)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig 5:01
"Help Me, I'm Hungry"
(aka "Vendetagainst")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) April 17, 1987 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Dresch
Goodmanson
2:41
"I Hate Myself and Want to Die" Cobain The Beavis and Butt-head Experience (1993)
"Pennyroyal Tea" single (1994)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 2:42
With the Lights Out (2004) January 19–21, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro, BZ Montgomery 4:03
"If You Must" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 4:01
"In Bloom" Cobain Nevermind (1991)
"In Bloom" single (1992)
Singles (1995)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Devonshire, Los Angeles, CA[C]
Vig 4:14
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
4:33
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig 4:32
"Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam" Kelly
McKee
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 4:37
With the Lights Out (2004) February 5, 1994 Pavilhão Dramático, Cascais, PT 3:57
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 3:30
"Lake of Fire" Kirkwood MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
"Lake of Fire" single (1994)[A]
November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 2:56
"Lithium" Cobain Nevermind (1991)
"Lithium" single (1992)
Singles (1995)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Devonshire, Los Angeles, CA[C]
Vig 4:17
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
"Lithium" single (1996)[A]
November 25, 1991 Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL O'Brien
Stata
4:10
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
September 25, 1990 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Dresch
Goodmanson
1:49
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
4:23
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig 4:32
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 4:38
"Lounge Act" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Devonshire, Los Angeles, CA[C]
Vig 2:36
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
3:04
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA 2:38
"Love Buzz" van Leeuwen "Love Buzz" single (1988)
Bleach (1989)
Blew (1989)
June–September 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 3:35
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theater, Portland, OR 2:58
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA 3:34
"The Man Who Sold the World" Bowie MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
"The Man Who Sold the World" single (1994)[A]
Nirvana (2002)
November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 4:20
"Marigold" Grohl "Heart-Shaped Box" single (1993)
Singles (1995)
With the Lights Out (2004)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 2:34
"Mexican Seafood" Cobain Teriyaki Asthma Volume 1 (1989)
Incesticide (1992)
January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 1:55
"Milk It" Cobain "Heart-Shaped Box" single (1993)
In Utero (1993)
Singles (1995)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 3:55
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) January 7, 1994 Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA O'Brien
Stata
3:45
With the Lights Out (2004) January 19–21, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro, BZ Montgomery 4:34
"Moby Dick" Bonham
Jones
Page
With the Lights Out (2004) January 23, 1988 Community World Theatre, Tacoma, WA 4:01
"Moist Vagina"
(aka "MV")
Cobain "All Apologies / Rape Me" single (1993)
Singles (1995)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 3:34
With the Lights Out (2004) January 19–21, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro, BZ Montgomery 1:56
"Molly's Lips" Kelly
McKee
"Candy / Molly's Lips" single (1991)
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition)
February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theater, Portland, OR 1:53
Hormoaning (1992)
Incesticide (1992)
"Molly's Lips" single (1992)[A]
October 21, 1990 Maida Vale Studios, London, UK Griffin 1:54
"The Money Will Roll Right In" Wilson
Flynn
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
2:13
"More Than a Feeling" Scholz Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
0:56
"Mr. Moustache" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 3:24
"Mrs. Butterworth" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
Summer 1987 Boombox recording, Aberdeen, WA 4:05
"Negative Creep" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 2:56
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) January 7, 1994 Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA O'Brien
Stata
2:43
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
2:54
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 2:44
"(New Wave) Polly" Cobain
Novoselic
Grohl
Incesticide (1992) November 9, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London, UK Adhikari 1:48
"Oh Me" Kirkwood MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 3:26
"Oh, the Guilt" Cobain "Puss / Oh, the Guilt" single (1993)
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
April 7, 1992 Laundry Room Studios, Seattle, WA Jones 3:25
"Old Age" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA Vig 4:20
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA 4:22
"On a Plain" Cobain Nevermind (1991)
"On a Plain" single (1991)[A]
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Devonshire, Los Angeles, CA[C]
Vig 3:16
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A]
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition)
October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 3:04
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 3:44
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
3:00
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA 3:22
"Opinion" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
September 25, 1990 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Johnson 1:34
"The Other Improv" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) January 19–21, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro, BZ Montgomery 6:24
"Paper Cuts" Cobain Bleach (1989) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 4:06
"Pay to Play" Cobain DGC Rarities Volume 1 (1994)
With the Lights Out (2004)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig 3:29
"Pen Cap Chew" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 3:02
"Pennyroyal Tea" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 3:37
"Pennyroyal Tea" single (1994)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
Litt 3:38
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 3:40
With the Lights Out (2004) 1993 Boombox recording, Seattle, WA 3:30
"Plateau" Kirkwood MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 3:37
"Polly" Cobain Nevermind (1991) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig 3:16
"In Bloom" single (1992)
Singles (1995)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
December 28, 1991 O'Brien Pavilion, Del Mar, CA Vig 2:47
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
"Polly" single (1994)[A]
November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 3:16
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) December 5, 1989 London Astoria, London, UK O'Brien
Stata
2:30
With the Lights Out (2004) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, WA 2:30
With the Lights Out (2004) September 1989 The Music Source, Seattle, WA Fisk 2:36
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
2:48
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 3:04
"Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 4:51
Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense (1996) February 18, 1994 Le Summum, Grenoble, FR 4:25
"Rape Me" Cobain In Utero (1993)
"All Apologies / Rape Me" single (1993)
Singles (1995)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 2:50
SNL: The Musical Performances Volume 2 (1999) September 25, 1993 NBC Studios, New York City, NY 2:55
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
May 1991 Boombox recording, Oakwood, CA 3:23
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
October 25–26, 1992 Word of Mouth Studios, Seattle, WA Endino 3:01
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA 3:00
"Raunchola"
(aka "Erectum")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) January 23, 1988 Community World Theatre, Tacoma, WA 2:23
"Return of the Rat" Sage Eight Songs for Greg Sage and The Wipers (1992)
With the Lights Out (2004)
April 7, 1992 Laundry Room Studios, Seattle, WA Jones 3:09
"Sappy"
(aka "Verse Chorus Verse")
Cobain No Alternative (1993)
With the Lights Out (2004)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 3:26
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005) January 2–3, 1990 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 3:33
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR 3:19
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig 3:35
"Scentless Apprentice" Cobain
Novoselic
Grohl
In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 3:48
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle, WA O'Brien
Stata
3:31
With the Lights Out (2004) Winter 1992 4-track recording, Seattle, WA 9:32
"School" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 2:42
"Come as You Are" single (1992)
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A]
Singles (1995)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 2:52
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) November 25, 1991 Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL O'Brien
Stata
2:40
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR 2:36
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
3:12
"Scoff" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 4:10
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR 3:53
"Serve the Servants" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 3:36
With the Lights Out (2004) Fall or winter 1992 Boombox recording, Seattle, WA 1:36
"Sifting" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 5:22
"Sliver" Cobain "Sliver" single (1990)
Incesticide (1992)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
July 11 / 24, 1990 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 2:16
"In Bloom" single (1992)
Singles (1995)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Wallace 2:11
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) November 10, 1993 Civic Center, Springfield, MA O'Brien
Diane Stata
1:55
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
1990 Boombox recording, Olympia, WA 2:09
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
2:13
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" Cobain
Novoselic
Grohl
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" single (1991)
Nevermind (1991)
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A]
Singles (1995)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Devonshire, Los Angeles, CA[C]
Vig 5:01
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" single (1996)[A]
December 28, 1991 O'Brien Pavilion, Del Mar, CA O'Brien
Stata
4:47
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA 5:40
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
4:44
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA 4:46
"Something in the Way" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Devonshire, Los Angeles, CA[C]
Vig 3:55
"About a Girl" single (1994)
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
Nirvana bonus track (2002)
November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 4:01
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA 5:31
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) November 9, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London, UK Adhikari 3:24
"Son of a Gun" Kelly
McKee
Hormoaning (1992)
Incesticide (1992)
October 21, 1990 Maida Vale Studios, London, UK Griffin 2:48
"Spank Thru" Cobain Sub Pop 200 (1988) June–September 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 3:42
"Sliver" single (1990)
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition)
February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR 2:59
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) November 19, 1991 Teatro Castello, Rome, IT O'Brien
Stata
3:10
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005) December 1985 4-track recording, Burien, WA[E] 3:45
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
3:05
"Stain" Cobain Blew (1989)
Incesticide (1992)
September 1989 The Music Source, Seattle, WA Fisk 2:41
"Stay Away" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Devonshire, Los Angeles, CA[C]
Vig 3:32
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
3:05
"Swap Meet" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 3:03
"Territorial Pissings" Cobain Nevermind (1991)
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A]
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Devonshire, Los Angeles, CA[C]
Vig 2:22
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
4:30
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA 2:12
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA 2:56
"They Hung Him on a Cross"[B] Ledbetter With the Lights Out (2004) August 20 / 28, 1989 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA Endino 1:57
"Token Eastern Song" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) September 1989 The Music Source, Seattle, WA Fisk 3:21
"tourette's" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 1:35
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
Live at Reading (2009)
August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel
Silva
1:55
"Turnaround" Mothersbaugh
Casale
Hormoaning (1992)
Incesticide (1992)
October 21, 1990 Maida Vale Studios, London, UK Griffin 2:19
"Verse Chorus Verse" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA Vig 3:17
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA 3:15
"Very Ape" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini 1:56
With the Lights Out (2004) Fall or winter 1992 Boombox recording, Seattle, WA 1:52
"Where Did You Sleep Last Night" Lead Belly MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
"Where Did You Sleep Last Night" single (1994)[A]
Nirvana bonus track (2002)
November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City, NY Litt 5:08
With the Lights Out (2004) 1990 Boombox recording, Olympia, WA 2:31
"White Lace and Strange" Bond With the Lights Out (2004) April 17, 1987 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Dresch
Goodmanson
2:09
"You Know You're Right" Cobain "You Know You're Right" single (2002)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
January 30, 1994 Robert Lang Studios, Shoreline, WA Kasper 3:38
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
1993 or 1994 Boombox recording, Seattle, WA 2:30

Unreleased songs[edit]

The following table includes songs that have surfaced or are known to exist but have not been released officially as audio tracks. Three songs appear as video performances on the official release, With the Lights Out (2004). Several songs were included on the Outcesticide series; a five disc Nirvana bootleg collection whose releases originally surfaced between 1994 and 1998. Remaining songs from Fecal Matter are also included here after "Spank Thru" (from the Illiteracy Will Prevail demo) appeared on Sliver: The Best of the Box. All track times are approximate.

Title Author(s) Unofficial audio / official video release Recorded Location(s) Time
"Baba O'Riley" Townshend Outcesticide II: The Needle & the Damage Done (1994) December 7, 1991 Salle Omnisports, Rennes, FR 3:13
"Bad Moon Rising" Fogerty March 19, 1988 Community World Theatre, Tacoma, WA 2:31
"Bambi Slaughter" Cobain Illiteracy Will Prevail demo (1985) December 1985 4-track recording, Burien, WA 3:22
"Blathers Log" Cobain Illiteracy Will Prevail demo (1985) December 1985 4-track recording, Burien, WA
"Class of '86" Cobain Illiteracy Will Prevail demo (1985) December 1985 4-track recording, Burien, WA
"Escalator to Hell" Cobain Outcesticide IV: Rape of the Vaults (1996) 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, WA 1:28
"Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" Stone 1987 Boombox recording, Aberdeen, WA 2:18
"Immigrant Song" Page
Plant
With the Lights Out video (2004) 1988 Cassette recording, Aberdeen, WA 1:57
"L'Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle" Yradier October 19, 1991 Trees, Dallas, TX 1:13
"Laminated Effect" Cobain Illiteracy Will Prevail demo (1985) December 1985 4-track recording, Burien, WA 2:11
"Lullaby" Cobain
Novoselic
Grohl
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN
"Montage of Heck" Cobain Outcesticide IV: Rape of the Vaults (1996) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, WA 5:50
"My Best Friend's Girl" Ocasek Outcesticide V: Disintegration (1998) March 1, 1994 Terminal 1, Munich, DE 2:24
"My Sharona" Fieger
Averee
Outcesticide IV: Rape of the Vaults (1996) February 16, 1994 Salle Omnisports, Rennes, FR 1:15
"Run Rabbit Run" Manchuria
Claude
October 30, 1988 Evergreen State Dorms, Olympia, WA 2:00
"Seasons in the Sun" Brel
McKuen
With the Lights Out video (2004) January 22, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro, BZ 3:40
"Song in 'D'" Cobain May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, CA
"Sound of Dentage" Cobain Illiteracy Will Prevail demo (1985) December 1985 4-track recording, Burien, WA 3:22
"Talk to Me" Cobain With the Lights Out video (2004) October 4, 1992 Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA 3:35
"The End" Morrison
Krieger
Manzarek
Densmore
Outcesticide II: The Needle & the Damage Done (1994) November 23, 1991 Vooruit, Ghent, BE 2:22
"Unknown #1" Cobain Outcesticide IV: Rape of the Vaults (1996) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Olympia, WA 1:30
"Unknown #2"
(aka "Black & White Blues")
Cobain Outcesticide IV: Rape of the Vaults (1996) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Olympia, WA 1:58

Notes[edit]

A These albums or singles were issued as promotional releases.
B These tracks were recorded by The Jury, a side project of Nirvana and Screaming Trees.
C In addition to the final version, rough mixes of these tracks were produced at Devonshire.
D This track was recorded by The Retards, a side project of Nirvana.
E This track was recorded by Fecal Matter.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Live Nirvana – Includes exhaustive recording sessions history, detailed song guide and more
  • Nirvana Live Guide – Comprehensive guide to all known Nirvana performances, including set lists