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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16. "School"

Kurt's feelings about phonies, jerks, and other unsavory types were well-known to even the most cursory Nirvana admirer, and this blitzkrieg Bleach track – which ends with him moaning "you're in high school again" over and over, as if he's recounting a lived nightmare – was a caustic reminder that even life in the seeming paradise of independent rock wasn't completely free of cliquishness and bullshit. The song was very nearly called "The Seattle Scene," and Cobain was blunt about its origins to Nirvana biographer Michael Azerrad: "We wrote it about Sub Pop. If we could have thrown in Soundgarden's name, we would have." MAURA JOHNSTON

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