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Nirvana’s 20 Most Played Songs Have Been Revealed on Kurt Cobain’s 50th Birthday

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Music Editor
Updated: 28 February 2017
Happy birthday, Kurt Cobain!

The singer would have turned 50 today if he was still alive, and to mark the occasion, a list of Nirvana’s most played songs has been released.

‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, taken from the 1991 album Nevermind, is at number one.

No surprise there really.

‘Come As You Are’ is in second place, followed by ‘Lithium’, ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ and ‘In Bloom’.

Cobain, who committed suicide aged 27 in 1994, was born on February 20, 1967.

The list was compiled by the music licensing company PPL, who used data from TV and radio broadcasters from 2000 to 2016.

Tim Silver from PPL told NME: ‘Kurt Cobain was one of the most visionary figures in music in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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.’

Nirvana broke up soon after Cobain’s death but have sold over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

The top 20 most-played Nirvana songs

1. ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (1991)
2. ‘Come As You Are’ (1991)
3. ‘Lithium’ (1991)
4. ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ (1993)
5. ‘In Bloom’ (1991)
6. ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ (1993)
7. ‘All Apologies’ (1993)
8. ‘About A Girl’ (1989)
9. ‘Aneurysm’ (1991)
10. ‘On A Plan’ (1991)
11. ‘Drain You’ (1991)
12. ‘Stay Away’ (1991)
13. ‘Breed’ (1991)
14. ‘Love Buzz’ (1989)
15. ‘Serve The Servants’ (1993)
16. ‘Lounge Act’ (1991)
17. ‘Something In The Way’ (1991)
18. ‘Molly’s Lips’ (1990)
19. ‘Dumb’ (1993)
20. ‘Territorial Pissings’ (1991)