No Apologies: All 102 Nirvana Songs Ranked

RS tackles the complete catalog of the band that defined the Nineties and made the world a lot noisier

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102. "Heartbreaker"

After playing their own "Aero Zeppelin" as the opener at their first-ever concert – a March 1987 house party – Nirvana went straight to the source for two impromptu Led Zep jams. "Heartbreaker," yells a concertgoer. "We don't know how to play it!" replies someone, but they figured out the riff to the 1969 classic, as well as the one for "How Many More Times." That fast-and-loose version (easily the earliest recording on this list) made it onto With the Lights Out box, possibly to show how loose and heavy Nirvana were right out of the gate. After trudging through some Jimmy Page steamrollers, Cobain offers up a ragged-throated "Hey fellas, have you heard the news?" and even attempts Page's trilly showboat solo. And they said they didn't know it. KORY GROW

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