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The best album credited to Nirvana is Nevermind which is ranked number 16 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 52,975.

Nirvana is ranked number 10 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 94,566.

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Nirvana best albums

The following albums by Nirvana are ranked highest in the greatest album charts:

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1991
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52,975
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1993
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23,079
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Incesticide 
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1992
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2009
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1996
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165
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Nirvana 
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2002
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136
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Total albums: 17. Page 1 of 2

This may not be a complete discography for Nirvana.This listing only shows those albums by this artist that appear in at least one chart on this site. If an album is 'missing' that you think deserves to be here, you can include it in your own chart from the My Charts page!

Nirvana bestography composition

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1930s 0 0%
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1970s 0 0%
1980s 1 0%
1990s 8 0%
2000s 4 0%
2010s 4 0%
2020s 0 0%
Compilation? Albums %
No 10 59%
Yes 7 41%
Live? Albums %
No 12 71%
Yes 5 29%

Nirvana best tracks

Include tracks from compilations & live albums | Exclude tracks from compilations & live albums The same track can appear on multiple albums, so excluding tracks from compilations and live albums helps to remove duplicates from this list.

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Rating: 92 (1,238 votes)Comments: 31
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(from the album Nevermind)
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Rating: 91 (1,046 votes)Comments: 12
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(from the album Nevermind)
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Rating: 91 (702 votes)Comments: 11
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(from the album In Utero)
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Rating: 91 (967 votes)Comments: 9
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(from the album Nevermind)
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Rating: 91 (682 votes)Comments: 10
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(from the album In Utero)
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Rating: 89 (905 votes)Comments: 9
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(from the album Nevermind)
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Rating: 89 (354 votes)Comments: 6
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(from the album Bleach)
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Rating: 88 (594 votes)Comments: 13
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(from the album In Utero)
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Rating: 88 (528 votes)Comments: 9
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(from the album In Utero)
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Rating: 87 (514 votes)Comments: 4
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(from the album In Utero)
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Rating: 86 (731 votes)Comments: 14
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(from the album Nevermind)
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Rating: 86 (479 votes)Comments: 6
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(from the album In Utero)
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Rating: 86 (725 votes)Comments: 11
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(from the album Nevermind)
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Rating: 86 (696 votes)Comments: 10
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(from the album Nevermind)
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Rating: 86 (728 votes)Comments: 10
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(from the album Nevermind)
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Rating: 85 (203 votes)Comments: 4
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(from the album Bleach)
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Rating: 85 (690 votes)Comments: 10
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(from the album Nevermind)
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Rating: 84 (208 votes)Comments: 4
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(from the album Bleach)
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Rating: 84 (427 votes)Comments: 10
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(from the album In Utero)
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Nirvana ratings

Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 548 votes)
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This artist is rated in the top 1% of all artists on BestEverAlbums.com. This artist has a Bayesian average rating of 83.7/100, a mean average of 82.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.9/100. The standard deviation for this artist is 17.1.

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From 03/10/2021 01:35
An overrated band. Not one of the greatest of all time. However, there are a lot of moments on their albums that I enjoy. Cobain has an excellent voice, and this band was a kickstarter for Dave Grohl.
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From 10/08/2020 22:42
I don't think any other band has conflicted me as much as Nirvana have over the years. At one point, I thought Nirvana were the best band from the '90s and easily the best grunge band of all time. At another, much later point, I thought they were overrated beyond belief and "a poor man's Pixies."

Nowadays, I just consider them to be a solid band overall. I believe that Layne Staley-era Alice in Chains were the best grunge band but Nirvana are not that far behind. For as overplayed as Nevermind is, I still find some of the singles and the more "deep" cuts from it like "Polly" and "Something in the Way" to be highly enjoyable listens.

In Utero and the MTV Unplugged live album are their best work imo and those are the albums that I would recommend to someone on the fence about Nirvana's music. I always wondered what their music would've sounded like had Kurt Cobain still been around but it's just one of those what-ifs in life.

So, in short, a solid band that wrote some solid music. Nothing more, nothing less.
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From 09/27/2020 02:07
Sometimes I think Nirvana is overrated, but then I remember that Kurt Cobain wrote the best rock song of all time in a cheap guitar and that feeling goes away really fast.

Actually, he wrote a fantastic album call Nevermind, more than enough to be considered one of the best bands ever. You cant forget the impact this guys had. I dont like the term grunge, to me they are rock n roll.

One of the most, if no the most influential band of the 90s.
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From 06/13/2020 17:40
Nirvana is a Great band not the best like the Beatles but for the short time they played the teenager were very amazed by the group so I was when I first saw smells like teen spirit on mtv. Now I like them altough very much.
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From 03/16/2020 06:41
Their songs feel real. We know why.
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From 02/24/2020 22:54
Extremely overrated band. Thought to have set the grunge world alight but really only have common geographical origin with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice In Chains, none of whom one would consider grunge and who rose contemporaneously with them. Nirvana probably has its biggest impact on Stone Temple Pilots, who I actually prefer both musically and vocally.

Nirvana catalogue is very thin and the number of truly great songs can be counted using at most two hands. Compared to the early demise of Jeff Buckley, Cobain’s death—while igniting a long-standing debate regarding the merits of Nirvana—was actually less impactful than Buckley’s.
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From 09/18/2019 03:04
The most overrated band of all time. They were a good band, had some good albums and they were pretty good live but their not the 9th all time greatest band and Kurt Cobain was not a musical genius. He is a overglorified simple guy that wrote some relatable songs for the time he was alive, that's it.
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From 10/08/2018 18:19
Grunge isn't my thing through and through, but their live performances are killer.
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From 10/08/2018 14:40
These guys made heavy music catchy. Kurt's voice and willingness to shift his sound to be commercial made this band the giant we all know and love.
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