23. "Been a Son"
A two-minute verse-chorus-verse-chorus concoction influenced by the Vaselines' compact pop-punk template, "Been a Son" first roared to life on 1989's Blew EP with Chad Channing on drums, appeared later in a Dave Grohl-assisted live performance on the CD single of "Lithium," and most famously emerged on Incesticide via a BBC session – one of the rare Nirvana songs to be officially released in three different versions during the band's lifetime. The song (later covered by the Manic Street Preachers) was clearly a favorite of Cobain's, possibly inspired by his difficult relationship with his father, who would have preferred him to engage in more "manly" pursuits like sports and hunting rather than art or music. DANIEL EPSTEIN