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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37. "Stain"

"Stain" gives "Negative Creep" a run for its money in the self-loathing department, even if it's not quite up to the same level of musicality. Lines like "He never leaves 'cause he's got bad luck" and the insistently self-flagellating chorus reflect Kurt's perpetual "outsider" state of mind, one that derived in part from being harassed by rednecks in his hometown of Aberdeen, while also never feeling quite cool enough to fit in with the Olympia crowd. DANIEL EPSTEIN

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