Kim Gordon, "Aneurysm"
There probably would never have been a Nirvana without Sonic Youth. The New York alt-rock icons were largely responsible for urging their label Geffen Records to sign the band in the early Nineties – and Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley helped break the group internationally by bringing it on a European tour in 1991. So it's fitting that when Kurt Cobain's band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, Gordon capped a female-led tribute with this batshit version of "Aneurysm," during which the 61-year-old rocker shrieks and yelps and grunts and basically goes apoplectic on Madison Square Garden's stage. Kurt would've approved.