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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34. "Stay Away"/"Pay to Play"

Somewhere in the muck of rock history, nostalgia and band psychoanalysis, Nirvana's punk roots often get buried. But on "Pay to Play" (renamed "Stay Away" for its Nevermind inclusion), their pure fidgety energy is out front and you could riot to it. Beyond its mosh factor, Cobain's screaming about a very specific code of ethics endemic to punk: "I'd rather be dead than cool" and "Fashion shits fashion style." Too bad for them that they became both, but still a perfect song to slam your bedroom door to. JULIANNE ESCOBEDO SHEPHERD

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