Nirvana’s 20 Most Played Songs Revealed On Kurt Cobain’s Birthday; Frances Bean Remembers Her Father

Nirvana’s legendary frontman, Kurt Cobain, passed away on April 5, 1994.

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The singer was born on February 20, 1967, and to celebrate what would have been the singer’s 50th birthday, music licensing group PPL has released the band’s 20 most played songs from radio and TV.

Not surprisingly, Nirvana’s iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” tops the list of songs, followed by “Come As You Are,” “Lithium,” “Heart-Shaped Box” and “In Bloom.” And the band’s cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World” comes in at #6.

1. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
2. “Come As You Are”
3. “Lithium”
4. “Heart-Shaped Box”
5. “In Bloom”
6. “The Man Who Sold The World”
7. “All Apologies”
8. “About A Girl”
9. “Aneurysm”
10. “On A Plan”
11. “Drain You”
12. “Stay Away”
13. “Breed”
14. “Love Buzz”
15. “Serve The Servants”
16. “Lounge Act”
17. “Something In The Way”
18. “Molly’s Lips”
19. “Dumb”
20. “Territorial Pissings’”

PPL’s Tim Silver said of Cobain and the band’s impact: “Kurt Cobain was one of the most visionary figures in music in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He inspired countless young people all over the world to start learning an instrument and to have the confidence to begin writing their own music,” he revealed.

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“On what would have been his 50th birthday, we are delighted to be able to honour him with a chart of the 20 most played Nirvana songs on radio and TV. There’re a lot of their best-known tracks in there but also one or two curveballs too,” Silver said.

In addition to celebrating Cobain’s legacy, his daughter with Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain, paid a touching tribute to her late dad on Instagram. “Today would have been your 50th birthday. You are loved and you are missed. Thank you for giving me the gift of life. Forever your daughter, Frances Bean Cobain,” she shared in the sweet, handwritten note.


February 20th 2017. Happy Birthday.

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