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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33. "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam"

"I'll Be a Sunbeam" is the title of a children's hymn from the early twentieth century, but the Vaselines' "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam," from their 1988 Dying For It EP, owes no more than its first line to it. When Nirvana covered the Vaselines song (with its title slightly altered) on MTV Unplugged, Kurt called it "a rendition of an old Christian song," and it was generally mistaken for a gospel number, which it couldn't be less like. In fact, it had been a staple of Nirvana's live repertoire for years already: They first played it on stage the day Nevermind came out in America. DOUGLAS WOLK

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