43. "Milk It"
"Well, let's see, in 1993 I was listening to a lot of the Jesus Lizard," Dave Grohl told NPR – noting the Austin band whose Steve Albini-produced albums (Head, Liar, Goat and Down) constituted some of the most cathartically feel-bad music of the late '80s and early '90s. Nowhere was Nirvana's affection more evident than on "Milk It," four minutes of neg-head rhythm riffs and screaming over what sounds like someone throwing a bag of rocks at a barn door. Cobain's gift was always his ability to smuggle pretty melodies into otherwise ugly situations; while Jesus Lizard scaled back on melody in order to expose the bare power of rhythm: Here is one of the rare Nirvana moments when the ugliness wins. "Completely wicked," Krist Novoselic called the song late last year – and the song that best embodies the toxic meanness of In Utero. MIKE POWELL