Nirvana discography
Nirvana discography

The discography of Nirvana, an Aberdeen, Washington-based American rock band, consists of three studio albums, twenty-one singles, five live albums, two extended plays, four compilation albums, and two box sets.

Nirvana was formed in 1987 by vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic, with the position of drummer being filled by various musicians. The band released its debut album, Bleach, in 1989 on independent label Sub Pop. After being joined by final drummer Dave Grohl and signing to Geffen Records subsidiary DGC Records, the band released its second studio album, Nevermind, which became one of the best selling alternative albums of the 1990s[1][2] and popularized the Seattle grunge movement and alternative music.[3] The band’s third album, In Utero, was also a commercial and critical success, though it did not match the sales precedent set by Nevermind—as the members of the band expected.[4] Nirvana disbanded in 1994 after the death of Cobain; since then several posthumous releases have been issued from the band, which once resulted in a legal conflict between Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, and the surviving members of the band over the release of the song “You Know You’re Right”.[5] In 2006, Love sold a significant share of the rights to Cobain’s song catalog to Primary Wave Music Publishing.[6] Since its debut, the band has sold 27.6 million albums in the United States alone,[7] and over 75 million records worldwide.[8]

Albums

Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsChart positionsSalesCertifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[9]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[11]
CAN
[12]
FIN
[13]
NLD
[14]
NZ
[15]
SWE
[16]
SWI
[17]
UK
[18]
Bleach
  • Released: June 15, 1989
  • Label: Sub Pop (SP-34)
  • Formats: CD, cassette (CS), LP
893426223033
  • US: 1,900,000[7]
  • RIAA: Platinum[19]
  • ARIA: Platinum[20]
  • BPI: Platinum[21]
  • MC: Gold[22]
Nevermind
  • Released: September 24, 1991
  • Label: DGC (24425)
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
1221132125
  • US: 10,640,000[7][23]
  • Worldwide: 30,000,000[24]
  • RIAA: Diamond[19]
  • ARIA: 5× Platinum[20]
  • BPI: 6× Platinum[21]
  • GLF: 2× Platinum[25]
  • IFPI AUT: Platinum[26]
  • IFPI FIN: Gold[27]
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum[28]
  • MC: Diamond[22]
  • NVPI: Platinum[29]
  • RMNZ: 7× Platinum[30]
In Utero
  • Released: September 13, 1993
  • Labels: DGC
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
12836431161
  • US: 5,000,000[31]
  • Worldwide: 15,000,000[32]
  • RIAA: 5× Platinum[19]
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[20]
  • BPI: 2× Platinum[21]
  • GLF: Gold[25]
  • IFPI AUT: Gold[26]
  • MC: 6× Platinum[22]
  • NVPI: Gold[29]
  • RMNZ: 3× Platinum[33]

Live albums

TitleAlbum detailsChart positionsSalesCertifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[9]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[11]
CAN
[12]
FIN
[13]
NLD
[14]
NZ
[15]
SWE
[16]
SWI
[17]
UK
[18]
MTV Unplugged in New York
  • Released: November 1, 1994
  • Labels: DGC, Geffen (24727)
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
1111321231
  • US: 5,100,000[7]
  • RIAA: 8× Platinum[19]
  • ARIA: 5× Platinum[20]
  • BPI: 3× Platinum[21]
  • GLF: Gold[25]
  • IFPI AUT: 2× Platinum[26]
  • IFPI FIN: Gold[27]
  • IFPI SWI: 2× Platinum[28]
  • MC: 9× Platinum[22]
  • NVPI: Platinum[29]
  • RMNZ: Platinum[34]
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
  • Released: October 1, 1996
  • Labels: DGC, Geffen (25105)
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
11312142694
  • US: 1,300,000[7]
  • RIAA: Platinum[19]
  • ARIA: Platinum[20]
  • BPI: Gold[21]
  • IFPI AUT: Gold[26]
  • MC: 2× Platinum[22]
Live at Reading
  • Released: November 3, 2009
  • Label: Geffen (B0013503-02) (B0013501-00)
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, 2×LP
37281764339732
  • US: 148,000[7]
  • BPI: Silver[21]
Live at the Paramount
  • Released: April 5, 2019[35][36]
  • Label: DGC
  • Formats: 2×LP
Live and Loud
  • Released: August 30, 2019[37]
  • Label: DGC
  • Formats: 2×LP

Compilation albums

TitleAlbum detailsChart positionsSalesCertifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[9]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[11]
CAN
[12]
FIN
[13]
NLD
[14]
NZ
[15]
SWE
[16]
SWI
[17]
UK
[18]
Incesticide
  • Released: December 14, 1992
  • Labels: Sub Pop, DGC (24504)
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
392210211631271814
  • US: 1,400,000[7]
  • RIAA: Platinum[19]
  • BPI: Platinum[21]
  • MC: 2× Platinum[22]
Nirvana
  • Released: October 29, 2002
  • Labels: DGC, Geffen (25105)
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
311291221023
  • US: 2,400,000[7]
  • RIAA: Platinum[19]
  • ARIA: 5× Platinum[38]
  • BPI: 3× Platinum[21]
  • GLF: Gold[39]
  • IFPI AUT: Platinum[26]
  • IFPI FIN: Gold[27]
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum[28]
  • RMNZ: Platinum[40]
Sliver: The Best of the Box
  • Released: November 1, 2005
  • Labels: DGC, Geffen (000561702), Universal (1190)
  • Format: CD
2195268756
  • US: 376,000[7]
Icon
  • Released: August 31, 2010
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD
  • MC: Gold[22]
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory

Box sets

TitleAlbum detailsChart positionsSalesCertifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[9]
AUT
[11]
CAN
[12]
DEN
[41]
FRA
[42]
JPN
[43]
NLD
[14]
NZ
[15]
SWI
[17]
UK
[18]
Singles
  • Released: December 1995
  • Labels: DGC, Geffen (24901)
  • Format: 6×CD box set
517101
With the Lights Out
  • Released: November 23, 2004
  • Labels: DGC, Geffen (000372700), Universal (9864838)
  • Formats: 3×CD+DVD box set
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  • US: 546,000[7]
  • RIAA: Platinum[19]
  • BPI: Silver[21]
Nevermind: The Singles
  • Released: November 25, 2011
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: 4 x 10″ vinyl box set
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory

Extended plays

TitleEP detailsChart positionsComments
AUS
[10]
JPN
[43]
UK
Indie
[44][45]
Blew
  • Released: December 1989
  • Label: Tupelo
  • Formats: 12-inch, CD
15Blew was intended to be released to promote an upcoming European tour, but this plan was scrapped, and the EP ended up being released exclusively in the UK shortly after its completion.[46]
Hormoaning
  • Released: February 5, 1992
  • Labels: DGC, Geffen
  • Formats: 12-inch, CD, CS
267Hormoaning was released only in Australia and Japan, with two different covers accompanying the release in each country, to promote the band’s tour of the Pacific Rim.[47] Hormoaning was re-released for Record Store Day 2011, as a limited edition.
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles

Retail singles

SongYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US
[48]
AUS
[10]
BEL
[49]
FIN
[50]
FRA
[42]
IRE
[51]
NZ
[15]
PT
[52]
SWE
[53]
UK
[54]
“Love Buzz”[A]1988Bleach
“Sliver”[B]1990[C][D]2377Non-album single
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”199165181151237
  • RIAA: Platinum (physical)[19]
  • RIAA: Gold (digital)[19]
  • ARIA: 9× Platinum[57]
  • RMNZ: Gold[58]
  • GLF: Gold[59]
  • BPI: 3× Platinum[21]
Nevermind
“Come as You Are”1992322515812738249
  • ARIA: 4× Platinum[57]
  • SNEP: Gold[60]
  • BPI: Platinum[21]
“Lithium”6453281528411
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[57]
  • BPI: Gold[21]
“In Bloom”[E]7316720103028
  • ARIA: Platinum[57]
  • BPI: Silver[21]
“Heart-Shaped Box”1993[F]2131937694165
  • BPI: Gold[21]
In Utero
“All Apologies”/
“Rape Me”[G]
[H]584320203232
  • BPI: Silver[21] / —
“Pennyroyal Tea”1994[I]121[J]
“About a Girl”[K][L]41382320185[M]
  • BPI: Silver[21]
MTV Unplugged in New York
“You Know You’re Right”[N]200245Nirvana
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Notes

Promotional singles

SongYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US Air
[62]
US Main
[61]
US Alt
[68]
BEL
[49]
[69]
CAN
[70]
CAN
Alt.
[71]
EU Air
[72]
FIN Air
[13]
FRA
[42]
UK
Rock
[73]
“On a Plain”[A]199125Nevermind
“Molly’s Lips”[B]1992Incesticide
“Dumb”199437In Utero
“All Apologies”[74][75][76]45MTV Unplugged in New York
“The Man Who Sold the World”19953912640222914913
  • BPI: Silver[21]
“Where Did You Sleep Last Night”
“Lake of Fire”2217
“Aneurysm”199663111349140From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
“Drain You”44
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Notes

Split singles

SingleYearOther artistPeak positions
AUS
Alt
[77]
EU
[78]
UK
[79]
“Candy/Molly’s Lips”1991The Fluid
“Here She Comes Now/Venus in Furs”Melvins
“Puss/Oh, the Guilt”1993The Jesus Lizard33612
“About a Girl/Blind Man”[A]1994Aerosmith
“The Man Who Sold the World/Walk on Water”[B]1995
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Notes

Other charted and certified songs

SongYearPeak positionsCertificationsAlbum
US
Digital
[80]
US Rock
Digital
[81]
US Alternative
Digital
[82]
SCT
[83]
UK
Download
[84]
UK
Sales
[85]
WAL
[86]
“Been a Son”2018
  • DEN: Gold[87]
Blew
“Something in the Way”2020452542505139Nevermind
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
TitleYearDirector(s)Album
“In Bloom” (Sub Pop version)1990Steve Brown[88]Sub Pop Video Network Program 1
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”1991Samuel Bayer[89]Nevermind
“Come as You Are”1992Kevin Kerslake[90]
“Lithium”
“In Bloom”
“Sliver”1993Incesticide
“Heart-Shaped Box”Anton Corbijn[91]In Utero
“You Know You’re Right”2002Chris Hafner[92]Nirvana

Video albums

TitleVideo album detailsChart positionsCertifications
US
[93]
AUS
[94]
NZ
[95]
Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!
  • Released: November 15, 1994
    • Format: VHS, Laserdisc
  • Released: November 7, 2006
    • Format: DVD
  • Label: Geffen
196
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[19]
  • ARIA: Platinum[96]
  • BPI: 2× Platinum[21]
  • MC: 2× Platinum[22]
  • RMNZ: Platinum[97]
With the Lights Out
  • Released: November 23, 2004
  • Labels: DGC, Geffen (000372700), Universal (9864838)
  • Formats: 3×CD+DVD box set
3
  • RIAA: Platinum[19]
Classic Albums: Nirvana – Nevermind
  • Released: March 22, 2005
  • Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • Format: DVD
413
  • RIAA: Platinum[19]
  • ARIA: Platinum[98]
  • RMNZ: Gold[97]
MTV Unplugged in New York
  • Released: November 20, 2007
  • Label: DGC
  • Format: DVD
63
  • RIAA: 7× Platinum[19]
  • ARIA: Platinum[96]
  • BPI: Platinum[21]
  • RMNZ: Platinum[97]
Live at Reading
  • Released: November 2, 2009
  • Label: DGC
  • Format: DVD
14
  • ARIA: Platinum[99]
  • RMNZ: Gold[97]
Live at the Paramount
  • Released: September 27, 2011
  • Label: DGC
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray
114
  • ARIA: Gold[100]
Live and Loud
  • Released: September 24, 2013
  • Label: DGC
  • Format: DVD
12
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other appearances

SongYearAlbumComments
“Spank Thru”[101]1988Sub Pop 200A re-recording of a song first performed on the 1985 Illiteracy Will Prevail demo by members of Nirvana as Fecal Matter.
“Mexican Seafood”[102]1989Teriyaki Asthma, Vol. 1Later released on Incesticide.
“Beeswax”[103]1991Kill Rock Stars
“Dive”[104]The Grunge Years
“Do You Love Me?”[105]1990Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers CompilationCover of a 1976 Kiss song.
“Here She Comes Now”Heaven & Hell: A Tribute to The Velvet UndergroundCover of a 1968 Velvet Underground song. Previously released on the split single “Here She Comes Now/Venus in Furs” in 1991, it was later released on With the Lights Out in 2004 and on the Nevermind 20th anniversary deluxe editions in 2011.
“Return of the Rat”[106]1993Eight Songs for Greg Sage and The WipersCover of a 1979 Wipers song. Later released on With the Lights Out.
“Sappy”[107]No AlternativeNirvana’s contribution to the Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series was an uncredited and a secret track.[108] The song was originally titled “Sappy”, but was renamed prior to release on No Alternative. It was later released on With the Lights Out in 2004 as “Sappy” and on the In Utero 20th anniversary deluxe editions as “Sappy” in 2013 .
“I Hate Myself and Want to Die”[109]The Beavis and Butt-head ExperienceRecorded during the sessions for In Utero. This version of “I Hate Myself and Want to Die” was included as a B-side on the cancelled “Pennyroyal Tea” single but is different from the version found on With the Lights Out.
“Pay to Play”[110]1994DGC Rarities Vol. 1This is an early version of “Stay Away” which was a song on Nevermind. “Pay to Play” was later released on With the Lights Out in 2004 and on the Nevermind 20th anniversary deluxe editions in 2011.
“Radio Friendly Unit Shifter”[111]1996Home Alive: The Art of Self DefenseLive version from a Grenoble, France concert in 1994.
“Rape Me”[112]1999Saturday Night Live: The Musical Performances Vol. 2Live version from an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Unreleased songs

Courtney Love stated in May 2002 that she owned 109 unreleased tapes made by Cobain, with or without the other members of Nirvana.[113] Of these songs, many were released on the 61 song box set With the Lights Out in 2004, with three “freshly unearthed” songs appearing on the compilation Sliver: The Best of the Box in 2005.[114] More unreleased Nirvana tracks were released on the deluxe and super deluxe 20th anniversary editions of the Nevermind and In Utero albums in 2011 and 2013 respectively.[115][116][117] Many more unreleased songs were released on Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings in 2015 which was the companion soundtrack to the film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.[118] Morgen stated that in Cobain’s archive he discovered over 200 hours of audio on over 108 cassettes and that he thought the solo album “would be a nice complement to the film”.[118]

See also

  • Foo Fighters discography

  • Nirvana official page
  • Nirvana Live Guide
  • Live Nirvana
  • Nirvana discography at Discogs
  • Nirvana at AllMusic


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