17. "Come As You Are"
Though the line "I swear that I don't have a gun" is still held up as a moment of haunting prescience, it takes away from the initial intent of Nevermind's second single, a foreboding moment of artistry that summed up Nineties social anxiety maybe even better than "Smells Like Teen Spirit" – said Cobain, the lyrics are about "people and what they're expected to act like." It also puts the group's old punk leanings on display, with a Killing Joke-esque riff and Banshees-style guitar tone, transforming disaffected anomie into an unlikely pop hit. In essence, it dismissed everyone as insipid and contradictory, something we could all relate to. JULIANNE ESCOBEDO SHEPHERD