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 have surfaced or are known to exist but have not been released officially.

List[edit]

  • The columns Title and Author list each song title and the writer(s) of each song, listed by last name only.
  • The column Original release includes the official release on which the song first appeared. 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) Original release Recorded Location(s) Producer(s)
"About a Girl" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Aero Zeppelin" Cobain  Incesticide (1992) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Ain't it a Shame to Go Fishin' on a Sunday"[A] Traditional
(Lead Belly)
With the Lights Out (2004) August 20 & 28, 1989 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"All Apologies" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"Aneurysm" Cobain /
Novoselic /
Grohl
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" single (1991) January 1, 1991 The Music Source, Seattle Montgomery
"Anorexorcist"
(a.k.a. "Annorexorcist")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) April 17, 1987 KAOS Studios, Olympia, Washington Dresch /
Goodmanson
"Beans" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, Washington
"Been A Son" Cobain Blew (1989) September 1989 The Music Source, Seattle Fisk
"Beeswax" Cobain Kill Rock Stars (1991) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Big Cheese" Cobain /
Novoselic
"Love Buzz" single (1988) June–September 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"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
"Blew" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Breed"
(a.k.a. "Immodium")
Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[B]
Vig
"Clean Up Before She Comes" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) 1986–1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, Washington
"Come As You Are" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[B]
Vig
"Curmudgeon" Cobain/Novoselic/Grohl "Lithium" single (1992) April 7, 1992 Laundry Room Studios, Seattle Jones
"D-7" Sage Hormoaning (1992) October 21, 1990 Maida Vale Studios, London Griffin
"Dive" Cobain /
Novoselic
"Sliver" single (1990) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, Wisconsin Vig
"Do Re Mi" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) March 1994 Boombox recording, Seattle
"Do You Love Me?" Stanley /
Ezrin /
Fowley
Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation (1992) Spring 1989 Evergreen State Studio, Olympia, Washington Babior
"Don't Want It All"
(a.k.a. "Seed")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, Washington
"Downer" Cobain Bleach (1992 reissue) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Drain You" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[B]
Vig
"Dumb" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"Endless, Nameless" Cobain /
Novoselic /
Grohl
Nevermind bonus track (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles Vig
"Even In His Youth" Cobain "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single (1991) January 1, 1991 The Music Source, Seattle Montgomery
"Floyd The Barber" Cobain Bleach (1989) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Forgotten Tune" Cobain In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) April 1992 Laundry Room Studios, Seattle Jones
"Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota 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"[A] Lead Belly 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 In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"Heartbreaker" Bonham /
Jones /
Page /
Plant
With the Lights Out (2004) March 7, 1987 17 Nussbaum Road, Raymond, Washington
"Here She Comes Now" Cale /
Morrison /
Reed /
Tucker
Heaven & Hell: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground: Volume One (1990) April 2–6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison, Wisconsin Vig
"Help Me, I'm Hungry"
(a.k.a. "Vendetagainst")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) April 17, 1987 KAOS Studios, Olympia, Washington Dresch /
Goodmanson
"I Hate Myself and Want to Die" Cobain The Beavis and Butt-head Experience (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"If You Must" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"In Bloom" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[B]
Vig
"Jam" Cobain /
Grohl /
Novoselic
In Utero (2013 super deluxe edition) October 25-26, 1992 Word of Mouth Studios, Seattle Endino
"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
"Lake of Fire" Kirkwood MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
"Lithium" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[B]
Vig
"Lounge Act" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[B]
Vig
"Love Buzz" van Leeuwen Bleach (1989)
June–September 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"The Man Who Sold the World" Bowie MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
"Marigold" Grohl "Heart-Shaped Box" single (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"Mexican Seafood" Cobain Teriyaki Asthma Volume 1 (1989)
Incesticide (1992)
January 23, 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Milk It" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"Moby Dick" Bonham /
Jones /
Page
With the Lights Out (2004) January 23, 1988 Community World Theatre, Tacoma, Washington
"Moist Vagina"
(a.k.a. "MV")
Cobain "All Apologies / Rape Me" single (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"Molly's Lips" Kelly /
McKee
"Candy / Molly's Lips" single (1991) February 9, 1990 Pine Street Theater, Portland, Oregon
Hormoaning (1992)
Incesticide (1992)
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) Summer 1987 Boombox recording, Aberdeen, Washington
"Negative Creep" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"(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)
April 7, 1992 Laundry Room Studios, Seattle Jones
"Old Age" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles Vig
"On a Plain" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[B]
Vig
"Opinion" Cobain With the Lights Out (2004)
Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
September 25, 1990 KAOS Studios, Olympia, Washington 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, Wisconsin 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, Minnesota Albini
"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, Wisconsin Vig
"Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"Rape Me" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"Raunchola"
(a.k.a. "Erectum")
Cobain With the Lights Out (2004) January 23, 1988 Community World Theatre, Tacoma, Washington
"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"
(a.k.a. "Verse Chorus Verse")
Cobain No Alternative (1993)
With the Lights Out (2004)
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"Scentless Apprentice" Cobain /
Novoselic /
Grohl
In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"School" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Scoff" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Serve the Servants" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"Sifting" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Sliver" Cobain "Sliver" single (1990) July 11 / 24, 1990 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" Cobain /
Novoselic /
Grohl
Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[B]
Vig
"Something In The Way" Cobain Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[B]
Vig
"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
"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[B]
Vig
"Swap Meet" Cobain Bleach (1989) December 1988 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle Endino
"Territorial Pissings" Cobain /
Powers
Nevermind (1991) May 2–28, 1991 Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
Devonshire, Los Angeles[B]
Vig
"They Hung Him on a Cross"[A] 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, Minnesota Albini
"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
"Very Ape" Cobain In Utero (1993) February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota Albini
"Where Did You Sleep Last Night" Traditional
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) November 18, 1993 Sony Studios, New York City Litt
"White Lace and Strange" Bond With the Lights Out (2004) April 17, 1987 KAOS Studios, Olympia, Washington Dresch /
Goodmanson
"You Know You're Right" Cobain "You Know You're Right" single (2002) January 30, 1994 Robert Lang Studios, Shoreline, Washington Kasper

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, Washington 2:31
"Bambi Slaughter" Cobain Illiteracy Will Prevail demo (1985) December 1985 4-track recording, Burien, Washington, not to be confused with the song "Creation" from Outcesticide IV (which is often mislabeled as "Bambi Slaughter") 3:22
"Blathers Log" Cobain Illiteracy Will Prevail demo (1985) December 1985 4-track recording, Burien, Washington
"Class of '86" Cobain Illiteracy Will Prevail demo (1985) December 1985 4-track recording, Burien, Washington
"Creation" Cobain (?) Outcesticide IV: Rape of the Vaults (1996) c. 1987 Home demo. It is often mislabeled as "Bambi Slaughter", an entirely different song which appeared the Illiteracy Will Prevail demotape.
"Escalator to Hell" Cobain Outcesticide IV: Rape of the Vaults (1996) 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, Washington 1:28
"Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" Stone 1987 Boombox recording, Aberdeen, Washington 2:18
"Immigrant Song" Page
Plant
With the Lights Out video (2004) 1988 Cassette recording, Aberdeen, Washington 1:57
Ivy League Cobain
"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, Washington 2:11
"Lullaby" Cobain
Novoselic
Grohl
February 12–26, 1993 Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota 3:36
"Montage of Heck" Cobain Outcesticide IV: Rape of the Vaults (1996) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Aberdeen, Washington 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, Washington 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
"Sound of Dentage" Cobain Illiteracy Will Prevail demo (1985) December 1985 4-track recording, Burien, Washington 3:22
"Talk to Me" Cobain With the Lights Out video (2004) October 4, 1992 Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, Washington 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, Washington 1:30
"Unknown #2"
(a.k.a. "Black & White Blues")
Cobain Outcesticide IV: Rape of the Vaults (1996) 1987 or 1988 4-track recording, Olympia, Washington 1:58

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c This recording was made by The Jury, a side project between Nirvana and Screaming Trees.
  2. ^ 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.

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