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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2. "In Bloom"

That this paean to the type of mindless fan who "knows not what it means" appeared on the album that would eventually catapult Nirvana into the white-hot center of alternative rock is an almost too-delicious irony – especially since, as Novoselic told Rolling Stone's David Fricke in 2001, "it sounded like a Bad Brains song" in its earliest incarnations. But Cobain's workshopping of the track led to its triumphant summing up of what made Nirvana so captivating – morose and surrealistic lyrics married to power chords and gleefully turned-out harmonies. MAURA JOHNSTON

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