Sadly, the Nirvana discography is brief because the life of the band's leader, Kurt Cobain, was cut severely short by suicide. However, this trio created a lot of amazing music in just a short period of time. The Seattle act is nearly singlehandedly credited for jumpstarting the grunge movement. Some have even speculated that Nirvana killed hair metal, which is a deed we all can be most thankful for.
- "Bleach" -- This was Nirana's Sup Pop album, the influential Seattle, WA label. It's been suggested that Cobain felt pressured to create music for the album that conformed to the grunge style that was so popular on the Seattle music scene at the time. The lyrics were written quickly, when Cobain was angry, and don't reflect his best work.
- "Nevermind" -- This is the album that, as they say, changed the world. Everything about it screams breakthrough. From the cover, featuring a baby swimming after a dollar bill, to the amazing music within. Butch Vig produced this album expertly. It contains so many great songs, from "Come as You Are" to "In Bloom." Of course, "Smells LIke Teen Spirit" gets all the attention. Weird Al had a field day with his parody of the song, highlighting how difficult it is to make out what Cobain is singing. It's soft to hard sounds dynamic is imitated a lot, but nobody every did it better than Nirvana.
- "In Utero" -- Steve Albini produced Nirvana's follow-up to Nevermind, and while it didn't get as much attention, it might be a better album -- top to bottom -- than the album before. Both "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Rape Me" are two of the best songs Cobain ever wrote, and you just have to love the humor in a song title like "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle."
- "MTV Unplugged in New York" -- Nirvana proved that, even when unplugged, there were few bands more powerful thanit. In addition to playing the hits, this album also showcased some of the act's influences. These included David Bowie ("The Man Who Sold the World") and the Meat Puppets ("Lake of Fire," among others).