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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28. "On a Plain"

For a band defined by angst and immortalized by suicide, Nirvana could be uncommonly funny. "Start this off without any words," Cobain offers by way of an opening here, landing on one of his best refrains: "Love myself better than you/I know it's wrong, but what can I do?" The riff is chipper, the melody delivered in the singsong of a nursery rhyme. In a lot of ways it parodies the person Cobain became: A junkie too lost in his own pain to realize he has control over it, the voice of a generation wondering what the hell he's trying to say. Apparently he wrote the lyrics five minutes before recording them. MIKE POWELL

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