Tag Archive: Nirvana

Hey! It’s been a month since I last posted. I’ve thought a lot about writing something of finishing something I’ve already started, but I never got around to it. Now, I have a new idea! I “waste” a lot of time on a meme website called 9GAG. Right now, someone’s started a trend of making a list of “need to know” songs and putting their list on 9GAG. I thought I should hop on the train and make such a list of my own. The first one that started this trend (that I noticed, at least), had a rule not to include more than one song per artist/band, and so I wanted to do the same, but realized that it was too difficult for some bands, so I only tried to not include too many. I will just dive right into it, with no arrangement to the order in which I list the songs I feel you need to know. (of course this will be mainly rock/metal, since that’s my forte, but I might include some other songs as well, if I feel like you really need to know/listen to them).
I’ve made the list in Spotify, so you can go in and have a listen right away. Might get back to this post later and make a YouTube-playlist of it as well, but for now Spotify will have to do.

  • Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence / Down With The Sickness
  • Evanescence – Bring Me To Life / My Immortal
  • Paramore – Misery Business
  • Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare / Afterlife
  • Black Sabbath – Iron Man
  • AC/DC – Thunderstruck
  • Foo Fighers – The Best Of You
  • Bullet For My Valentine – Tears Don’t Fall
  • Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
  • Slipknot – Psychosocial / Duality
  • Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire
  • Royal Blood – Better Stangers
  • Linkin Park – Numb / Faint
  • Machine Head – Darkness Within / Davidian
  • Korn – Thoughtless
  • Coldplay – Fix You
  • Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
  • Helloween – Mr. Torture
  • Halestorm – Love Bites (So Do I)
  • Ghost B.C. – Cirice
  • Dimmu Borgir – Gateways
  • Five Finger Death Punch – Coming Down / House Of The Rising Sun
  • Audioslave – Show Me How To Live
  • Soundgarden – Live To Rise
  • Drowning Pool – Bodies
  • The Cranberries – Zombie
  • Brandi Carlile – The Story
  • Deftones – Change (In The House Of Flies)
  • Johnny Cash – Hurt
  • Dream Theater – A Nightmare To Remember
  • Nomy – Cocaine
  • Radiohead – Creep
  • Tribal Ink – Refugee
  • Avantasia – The Scarecrow
  • The Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
  • Amy Lee – Lockdown
  • Ed Sheeran – I See Fire
  • System Of A Down – B.Y.O.B.
  • Volbeat – Still Counting
  • Alice Cooper – Poison
  • Metallica – Enter Sandman
  • Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
  • Breaking Benjamin  – So Cold
  • Iron Maiden – Fear Of The Dark
  • Dio – Rainbow In The Dark / Holy Diver
  • Rammstein – Du Hast
  • Device/Lzzy Hale – Close My Eyes Forever
  • Lady Gaga – Til It Happens To You
  • Muse – Plug In Baby
  • Rise Against – Hero Of War
  • Chevelle – The Red
  • Thee Days Grace – I Hate Everything About You
  • Axel Rudi Pell – Glory Night
  • In Flames – Alias
  • My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade
  • Green Day – 21 Guns
  • Elton John – Candle In The Wind

There’s just a handful of these songs that I don’t know every single word to, but they still evoke something in me that makes me think everyone should hear them. These songs are iconic to me, representing the band, the genre and the time period they were produced in perfectly. A few of these are covers, but I included them because they are so good that I feel they both do justice to the original artists and the songs, in addition to the covers being iconic themselves.

Links to the two lists that I found already, there are some very good songs in there, and some I have yet to check out.



Am I missing something obvious to you? Would you perhaps replace the song I’ve chosen by a(n) artist/band? What would be your most iconic/”need to know”-songs? Please let me know in the comment section.

“So paint it black and take it back
Lets shout it loud and clear
Do you fight it to the end
We hear the call to
To carry on
We’ll carry on”
(Welcome To The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance)

“I raise my flag and dye my clothes
It’s a revolution, I suppose
We’re painted red to fit right in”
(Radioactive – Imagine Dragons)

Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box

Yes, why not? I’m back, with a review of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box. The song was published in 1993 on the album In Utero. Here are the lyrics, and below is the crazy music video. Enjoy!

This is kind of a love-hate song. You either hate it, or you love it. I’m with the last crew. This is the typical Nirvana kind of song, with Kurt’s well-known voice and the stripped-down grunge sound. You can hear every sound they make, nothing gets lost, and I think that’s great. It would be a shame if I didn’t mention the awesome sound, the guitars, the drums, the bass, and, of course, Kurt’s great voice. And the short, but cool solo. Yes, I said great. The lyrics are brilliantly deep and out of the ordinary, just like this band is. The music video is strange and original, just like the song itself, with, among other things, an almost completely naked, old man on a wooden cross in a field of fake flowers, a fat, “skinless” lady with wings, and glimpses of Kurt Cobain’s beautiful blue eyes between the otherwise blurry clips of him, and the band rocking out in front of the cross. There is so much to this song that makes it unique and special.  It’s bizarre and awesome at the same time. Just love it.


“Hey! Wait!
I’ve got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice”
(Heart Shaped Box – Nirvana)


For today’s post I decided to write about one of the classics; Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. The song was published in 1991 on the album Nevermind. Here are the lyrics.

The guitar riffs and solo are just awesome, Kurt Kobain’s voice is impeccable and the lyrics are cool (and somewhat random, I mean “A mosquito, my libido” hello?). This is just as I said, a classic. There is so much to like about it, and not much to say, because I have so much respect for it, that I don’t exactly know what to say about it to honor it right. But I think it’s brilliant as a piece of original music.
I like this song so much that I’ve decided to quote it twice:


“And I forget just why I taste 
Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile 
I found it hard, it’s hard to find 
Oh well, whatever, never mind”

“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous

Here we are now, entertain us
Life is stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us”
(Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit)