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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21. "You Know You're Right"

"This is a song that Kurt wrote... last, last song almost," Courtney Love said on a 1995 MTV Unplugged before launching into loose-limbed acoustic howl labeled "You've Got No Right." Well, yes and no: Hers had different lyrics, aimed at Kurt's mother. The real thing floated around on live boots, but the savage studio version – tracked at Nirvana's final studio session January 30th, 1994, but not heard until 2002 – bombed us back to the alt age. Love sued the surviving Nirvanas over it – she thought it wasted on the "With the Lights Out" box, so they agreed to stick it on a hits collection as well. The whole thing seemed gross at first: How good could the song be? But everyone understood what the big deal was as soon as the unmastered leak started flying around servers. It was all guitar lava, enormous drums and that flinchingly violent chorus "I have never failed to feel pain!" In April 1994, he wasn't close to done with us; not even a little. JOE GROSS

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