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.

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  • 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.
Title Author(s) Release(s) Recorded Location(s) Producer(s)
"About a Girl" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
Nirvana (2002)
"Sliver" single (1990) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition)
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A] October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition)
"About a Girl" single (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
Icon (2010)
With the Lights Out (2004) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, WA
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Aero Zeppelin" Cobain /
Novoselic
Incesticide (1992) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Ain't It a Shame"[B] Traditional With the Lights Out (2004) August 20 & 28, 1989 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
"All Apologies" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
"All Apologies / Rape Me" single (1993)
Singles (1995)
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
"All Apologies" single (1994)[A]
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
With the Lights Out (2004) 1991 or 1992 Boombox recording, Olympia, WA
or Los Angeles
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Aneurysm" Cobain /
Novoselic /
Grohl
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" single (1991) January 1, 1991 The Music Source, Seattle Montgomery
Hormoaning (1992)
Singles (1995)
With the Lights Out (2004)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A] October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition)
Incesticide (1992) November 9, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London Adhikari
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) December 28, 1991 O'Brien Pavilion, Del Mar, CA O'Brien /
Stata
"Aneurysm" single (1996)[A]
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
"Anorexorcist"
(aka "Annorexorcist")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) April 17, 1987 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Dresch /
Goodmanson
"Beans" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, WA
"Been a Son" Cobain Blew (1989) September 1989 The Music Source, Seattle Fisk
Nirvana (2002)
"Lithium" single (1992) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
Singles (1995)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
Incesticide (1992) November 9, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London Adhikari
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) November 25, 1991 Paradiso, Amsterdam O'Brien /
Stata
With the Lights Out (2004) September 25, 1990 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Dresch /
Goodmanson
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
"Beeswax" Cobain Kill Rock Stars (1991) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
Incesticide (1992)
"Big Cheese" Cobain /
Novoselic
"Love Buzz" single (1988) June–September 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
Bleach (1992 reissue)
"Big Long Now" Cobain Incesticide (1992) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Blandest" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) June 6, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
"Blew" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
Blew (1989)
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) November 25, 1991 Paradiso, Amsterdam O'Brien /
Stata
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Breed"
(aka "Immodium")
Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[C]
Vig
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) December 5, 1989 London Astoria, London O'Brien /
Stata
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Clean Up Before She Comes" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, WA
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
"Come as You Are" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[C]
Vig
"Come as You Are" single (1992)
Singles (1995)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Curmudgeon" Cobain "Lithium" single (1992) April 7, 1992 Laundry Room Studios, Seattle Jones
Singles (1995)
With the Lights Out (2004)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
"D-7" Sage Hormoaning (1992) October 21, 1990 Maida Vale Studios, London Griffin
"Lithium" single (1992)
With the Lights Out (2004)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
"Dive" Cobain /
Novoselic
"Sliver" single (1990) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig
Incesticide (1992)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
With the Lights Out (2004) Spring 1989 Evergreen State Studio, Olympia, WA Babior
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theater, Portland, OR
"Do Re Mi" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) 1994 Boombox recording, Seattle
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
"Do You Love Me?" Stanley /
Ezrin /
Fowley
Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation (1992) Spring 1989 Evergreen State Studio, Olympia, WA Babior
"Don't Want It All"
(aka "Seed")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, WA
"Downer" Cobain Bleach (1992 reissue) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
Incesticide (1992)
With the Lights Out (2004) March 19, 1988 Community World Theatre, Tacoma, WA
"Drain You" Cobain "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[C]
Vig
Nevermind (1991)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
"Come as You Are" single (1992) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A]
Singles (1995)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) December 28, 1991 O'Brien Pavilion, Del Mar, CA O'Brien /
Stata
"Drain You" single (1996)[A]
With the Lights Out (2004) April 1991 4-track recording, San Francisco[D]
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) September 3, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London Griffin
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Dumb" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
With the Lights Out (2004) September 3, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London Griffin
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
"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, Los Angeles Vig
With the Lights Out (2004) September 3, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London Griffin
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"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 Montgomery
With the Lights Out (2004) September 1989 The Music Source, Seattle Fisk
"Floyd the Barber" Cobain Bleach (1989) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
January 23, 1988 Community World Theatre, Tacoma, WA
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theater, Portland, OR
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
"Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
"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 Montgomery
"Grey Goose"[B] Ledbetter With the Lights Out (2004) August 20 / 28, 1989 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Hairspray Queen" Cobain /
Novoselic
Incesticide (1992) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"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
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) December 30, 1993 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA O'Brien /
Stata
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
January 19–21, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro Montgomery
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"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
"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
"Help Me, I'm Hungry"
(aka "Vendetagainst")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) April 17, 1987 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Dresch /
Goodmanson
"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
With the Lights Out (2004) January 19–21, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro Montgomery
"If You Must" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"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, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[C]
Vig
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig
"Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam" Kelly /
McKee
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
With the Lights Out (2004) February 5, 1994 Pavilhão Dramático, Cascais, Portugal
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
"Lake of Fire" Kirkwood MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
"Lake of Fire" single (1994)[A]
November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
"Lithium" Cobain Nevermind (1991)
"Lithium" single (1992)
Singles (1995)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[C]
Vig
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
"Lithium" single (1996)[A]
November 25, 1991 Paradiso, Amsterdam O'Brien /
Stata
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
September 25, 1990 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Dresch /
Goodmanson
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Lounge Act" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[C]
Vig
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA
"Love Buzz" van Leeuwen "Love Buzz" single (1988)
Bleach (1989)
Blew (1989)
June–September 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theater, Portland, OR
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle
"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 Litt
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Marigold" Grohl "Heart-Shaped Box" single (1993)
Singles (1995)
With the Lights Out (2004)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
"Mexican Seafood" Cobain Teriyaki Asthma Volume 1 (1989)
Incesticide (1992)
January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Milk It" Cobain "Heart-Shaped Box" single (1993)
In Utero (1993)
Singles (1995)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) January 7, 1994 Seattle Center Arena, Seattle O'Brien /
Stata
With the Lights Out (2004) January 19–21, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro Montgomery
"Moby Dick" Bonham /
Jones /
Page
With the Lights Out (2004) January 23, 1988 Community World Theatre, Tacoma, WA
"Moist Vagina"
(aka "MV")
Cobain "All Apologies / Rape Me" single (1993)
Singles (1995)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
With the Lights Out (2004) January 19–21, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro Montgomery
"Molly's Lips" Kelly /
McKee
"Candy / Molly's Lips" single (1991)
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition)
February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theater, Portland, OR
Hormoaning (1992)
Incesticide (1992)
"Molly's Lips" single (1992)[A]
October 21, 1990 Maida Vale Studios, London Griffin
"The Money Will Roll Right In" Wilson /
Flynn
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
"More Than a Feeling" Scholz Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
"Mr. Moustache" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Mrs. Butterworth" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
Summer 1987 Boombox recording, Aberdeen, WA
"Negative Creep" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) January 7, 1994 Seattle Center Arena, Seattle O'Brien /
Stata
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
"(New Wave) Polly" Cobain /
Novoselic /
Grohl
Incesticide (1992) November 9, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London Adhikari
"Oh Me" Kirkwood MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
"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 Jones
"Old Age" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles Vig
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA
"On a Plain" Cobain Nevermind (1991)
"On a Plain" single (1991)[A]
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[C]
Vig
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A]
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition)
October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA
"Opinion" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
September 25, 1990 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Johnson
"The Other Improv" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) January 19–21, 1993 Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro Montgomery
"Paper Cuts" Cobain Bleach (1989) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"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
"Pen Cap Chew" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Pennyroyal Tea" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
"Pennyroyal Tea" single (1994)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
Litt
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
With the Lights Out (2004) 1993 Boombox recording, Seattle
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Plateau" Kirkwood MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
"Polly" Cobain Nevermind (1991) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig
"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
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
"Polly" single (1994)[A]
November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) December 5, 1989 London Astoria, London O'Brien /
Stata
With the Lights Out (2004) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, WA
With the Lights Out (2004) September 1989 The Music Source, Seattle Fisk
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
"Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense (1996) February 18, 1994 Summum, Grenoble, France
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"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
SNL: The Musical Performances Volume 2 (1999) September 25, 1993 NBC Studios, New York City
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
May 1991 Boombox recording, Los Angeles
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
October 25–26, 1992 Word of Mouth Studios, Seattle Endino
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Raunchola"
(aka "Erectum")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) January 23, 1988 Community World Theatre, Tacoma, WA
"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 Jones
"Sappy"
(aka "Verse Chorus Verse")
Cobain No Alternative (1993)
With the Lights Out (2004)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005) January 2–3, 1990 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, WI Vig
"Scentless Apprentice" Cobain /
Novoselic /
Grohl
In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition)
December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle O'Brien /
Stata
With the Lights Out (2004) Winter 1992 4-track recording, Seattle
"School" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"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 Wallace
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) November 25, 1991 Paradiso, Amsterdam O'Brien /
Stata
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Scoff" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR
"Serve the Servants" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
With the Lights Out (2004) Fall or winter 1992 Boombox recording, Seattle
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
"Sifting" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Sliver" Cobain "Sliver" single (1990)
Incesticide (1992)
Nirvana (2002)
Icon (2010)
July 11 / 24, 1990 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"In Bloom" single (1992)
Singles (1995)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
Nevermind: The Singles (2011)
October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle Wallace
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) November 10, 1993 Civic Center, Springfield, MA O'Brien /
Diane Stata
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
1990 Boombox recording, Olympia, WA
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) December 13, 1993 Pier 48, Seattle
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
"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, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[C]
Vig
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
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions)
March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle
"Something in the Way" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[C]
Vig
"About a Girl" single (1994)
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
Nirvana bonus track (2002)
November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) November 9, 1991 Maida Vale Studios, London Adhikari
"Son of a Gun" Kelly /
McKee
Hormoaning (1992)
Incesticide (1992)
October 21, 1990 Maida Vale Studios, London Griffin
"Spank Thru" Cobain Sub Pop 200 (1988) June–September 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Sliver" single (1990)
Bleach (2009 deluxe edition)
February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996) November 19, 1991 Teatro Castello, Rome O'Brien /
Stata
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005) December 1985 4-track recording, Burien, WA[E]
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
"Stain" Cobain Blew (1989)
Incesticide (1992)
September 1989 The Music Source, Seattle Fisk
"Stay Away" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[C]
Vig
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
"Swap Meet" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Territorial Pissings" Cobain /
Powers
Nevermind (1991)
Nevermind It's an Interview (1992)[A]
May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[C]
Vig
Live at Reading (2009) August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA
Nevermind (2011 super deluxe edition) October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre, Seattle
"They Hung Him on a Cross"[B] Traditional With the Lights Out (2004) August 20 / 28, 1989 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Token Eastern Song" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) September 1989 The Music Source, Seattle Fisk
"tourette's" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
Live at Reading (2009)
August 30, 1992 Reading Festival, Reading, UK Meisel /
Silva
"Turnaround" Mothersbaugh /
Casale
Hormoaning (1992)
Incesticide (1992)
October 21, 1990 Maida Vale Studios, London Griffin
"Verse Chorus Verse" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles Vig
Nevermind (2011 deluxe / super deluxe editions) March 1991 Boombox recording, Tacoma, WA
"Very Ape" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN Albini
With the Lights Out (2004) Fall or winter 1992 Boombox recording, Seattle
"Where Did You Sleep Last Night" Traditional 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 Litt
With the Lights Out (2004) 1990 Boombox recording, Olympia, WA
"White Lace and Strange" Bond With the Lights Out (2004) April 17, 1987 KAOS Studios, Olympia, WA Dresch /
Goodmanson
"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
With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
1993 or 1994 Boombox recording, Seattle

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) / Live and Loud video (2013) 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]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r This album or single was issued as a promotional recording.
  2. ^ a b c This recording was made by The Jury, a side project between Nirvana and Screaming Trees.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k In addition to the final version, a rough mix of this track was produced at Devonshire.
  4. ^ This track was recorded by The Retards, a Nirvana side project.
  5. ^ This track was recorded by Fecal Matter, a band formed by Kurt Cobain that preceded Nirvana.

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