3.5 | Nirvana!!

It’s been 20 years since Nirvana released their iconic “Nevermind” album and thrust grunge onto the national scene and ranks #17 on Rolling Stone’s list of the top 500 albums of all-time.  The Seattle band featured Krist Noveselic on Bass, Dave Grohl (Currently of the Foo Fighters) on Drums, and Kurt Cobain on vocals and guitar and was the inspiration for an entire generation of punks.

No I’ve always been a fan of cover songs. I love seeing someone’s art reinvented in a way that completely changes the interpretation of the song. Therefore I sought out the Nirvana cover songs that took their songs and gave them a completely different vibe.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so your 3.5 today is the top 3.5 covers of Nirvana songs! Enjoy

3. Tori Amos – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is their most well known songs as their hardest rocking song. So how does one take this high energy mosh fest and completely transform it? By playing it with nothing but a piano. Tori Amos’s rendition of Nirvana’s signature song highlights the emotion and pain in the song by turning it into this gorgeous ballad. Definitely worth a listen.

2. Sinead O’Connor – “All Apologies”

When she’s not shaving her head and tearing up photos of the Pope, Sinead O’Connor has been known to sing a song or two. Her haunting rendition of Nirvana’s “All Apologies” should be featured in a horror film because it will send chills down your spine.

1. Polyphonic Spree – “Lithium”

One word: Insane. Polyphonic Spree took this song and added that “Hi, I’m a mental patient” feel to it. This interpretation conjures up images of what might actually be going on in the head of a crazy person. The way the lead singer delivers the lyric “Because today I’ve found my friends, they’re in my head” makes me feel a little nervous to share an elevator with that guy.

“The .5”

I’m keeping it simple in “the .5” today with only one song. It’s not necessarily a cover song but it’s pretty gosh darn sweet. Enjoy!

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