41. "Lounge Act"
"Drain You" was the literal birth of a relationship and "Lounge Act" its slow erosion and breakup (by "Stay Away," the restraining orders were being busted out). While the meaning behind Cobain’s songs were often opaque, it was no secret that "Lounge Act" – with its themes of jealously, insecurity, and overbearingness – was about Kurt’s ex-girlfriend, Bikini Kill's Tobi Vail. According to producer Butch Vig, “Lounge Act” earned its title because it sounds like a “lounge song” thanks to its jocular riffs and Cobain’s more-polished-than-usual delivery – but early lyrics for the song in Cobain’s Journals also featured a line about “lounging in the sea.” DANIEL KREPS