Nirvana (90s US grunge band)

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Nirvana is a band whose shows and session recordings have been widely bootlegged as unofficial videos, CDs and raw WAV/FLAC files and mp3s. Details of these releases have been added to Musicbrainz where the sources have been confirmed.

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Date and venue information current with information from the LiveNirvana (August 3, 2007 Update).
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Annotation last modified on 2013-12-27 09:02 UTC.


Nirvana was an American rock band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Founded by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic, the band went through a succession of drummers, most notably Chad Channing, before recruiting Dave Grohl in 1990. Nirvana's success popularized alternative rock, and they were often referenced as the figurehead band of Generation X. Despite a short mainstream career spanning only 3 years, their music maintains a popular following and continues to influence modern rock culture.

In the late 1980s, Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album, Bleach, for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. They developed a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to the major label DGC Records in 1991, Nirvana found unexpected mainstream success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the first single from their landmark second album Nevermind (1991). A cultural phenomenon of the 1990s, Nevermind was certified Diamond by the RIAA and is credited for ending the dominance of hair metal.

Characterized by their punk aesthetic, Nirvana's fusion of pop melodies with noise, combined with their themes of abjection and social alienation, brought them global popularity. Following extensive tours and the 1992 compilation album Incesticide and EP Hormoaning, the band released their highly anticipated third studio album, In Utero (1993). The album topped both the US and UK album charts, and was acclaimed by critics. Nirvana disbanded following Cobain's suicide in April 1994. Further releases have been overseen by Novoselic, Grohl, and Cobain's widow, Courtney Love. The live album MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) won Best Alternative Music Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards.

Nirvana is one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. During their three years as a mainstream act, Nirvana received an American Music Award, Brit Award, and Grammy Award, as well as seven MTV Video Music Awards and two NME Awards. They achieved five number-one hits on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and four number-one albums on the Billboard 200. In 2004, Rolling Stone named Nirvana among the 100 greatest artists of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility in 2014.

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1993In UteroNirvana4.358

Album + Compilation

2004With the Lights OutNirvana57
2005Sliver: The Best of the BoxNirvana57
20112 for 1: Incesticide / In UteroNirvana1
2015Greatest HitsNirvana1

Album + Compilation + Live

1994Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!Nirvana3
1996From the Muddy Banks of the WishkahNirvana3.7524

Album + Live

19911991-11-25: Amsterdam 91: Paradiso, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsNirvana3
1994MTV Unplugged in New YorkNirvana4.1538
2009Live at ReadingNirvana4.359
2011Live at the ParamountNirvana54
2013Live and LoudNirvana3
2015Complete Live On KAOS FM 1987Nirvana3
2021Jam On SunsetNirvana1
2021About a Girl: Nirvana RecordingsNirvana1


1988Love BuzzNirvana3.52
1991Candy / Molly’s LipsThe Fluid / Nirvana41
1991Here She Comes Now / Venus in FursNirvana / Melvins1
1991Smells Like Teen SpiritNirvana4.519
1991Come as You AreNirvana4.516
1992In BloomNirvana4.55
1993Puss / Oh, the GuiltThe Jesus Lizard / Nirvana44
1993Heart‐Shaped BoxNirvana510
1993All Apologies / Rape Me / MVNirvana46
1994About a GirlNirvana4.653
1994Pennyroyal TeaNirvana53
2002You Know You’re RightNirvana53
2021In Bloom / On A Plain / Lithium / BreedNirvana1
2021Smells Like Teen Spirit / In Bloom / On a Plain / Lithium / BreedNirvana1
2023In Utero 30th LiveNirvana2

Single + Compilation

2011Nevermind: The SinglesNirvana1

Single + Live

2019Polly / The Man Who Sold the World (live)Nirvana1
2021Lithium / Breed (live)Nirvana1
2021On A Plain / Lithium / Breed (live)Nirvana1



Other + Compilation


Other + Interview

1992Nevermind, It’s an InterviewNirvana2
1995Fully Illustrated Book & Interview DiscNirvana1

Broadcast + Compilation

2018Legendary FM Radio Broadcasts - Pier 48 Seattle 1993Nirvana1

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