Pictured here in his trademark flannel, Kurt Cobain, along with Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, almost single-handedly launched Seattle’s grunge scene into the mainstream. With his penchant for haunting melodies, heavy riffs, and a guttural stage-presence, Cobain’s performances inspired a generation of musicians while also helping to shine a light on his underappreciated alternative peers.
During Cobain’s lifetime, Nirvana released just three studio albums, and the collection of B-sides, Incesticide. Yet, the band’s contribution to the catalog of great American rock songs is enormous. From the pop-smashes on Nevermind’s(1991),“Smells Like Teen Spirit” and“Come as You,” to In Utero’s(1993) divergently confrontational“Rape Me” and“All Apologies.”