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Nirvana Chords

Nirvana

Looking for Nirvana chords? We’ve got you covered. Here you can find the chords for all their hits, such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Lithium,” “All Apologies,” and more. When did it all start? In 1987, Kurt Cobain (Feb. 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) and Krist Novoselic (May 16, 1965) established Nirvana in Aberdeen, Washington. They soon became known in the grunge scene for their quiet verses and heavy choruses.

From beginning to the end, Cobain and Novoselic were the only consistent members of Nirvana, with Cobain on lead vocals and guitar, and Novoselic on bass. During the 1990s, Dave Grohl (Jan. 14, 1969) joined on drums and backing vocals. Does the name Dave Grohl sound familiar? That’s probably because he’s one of the founders of the Foo Fighters.

Shaping a generation of music

It all started when Nirvana released their first album, Bleach, in 1989, with Sub Pop in Seattle, Washington. The band was later picked up by record label DGC Records in 1991. With the release of their second album Nevermind, Nirvana would change the alternative rock scene for good. Many say that Nirvana is the band that shaped the musical taste of Generation X. At only 23 years old, Cobain became one of the most influential musicians of this generation. A fact he would struggle with his entire life.

The use of chords in Nirvana songs

The album Nevermind was an enormous success with songs that are still popular today, such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come as You Are,” and “Lithium.” Nirvana was inspired by big acts like Led Zeppelin and the Pixies. The album Surfer Rosa by the latter had a great influence on the way Cobain created his songs. The style he used relied heavily on power chords. A technique that is one of the key components in Nirvana’s sound.

To create a more powerful sound for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana played some of their songs initially in a clean tone and then doubled it with distorted guitars. In 1992, they started touring intensively. The same year, Cobain married Courtney Love (July 9, 1964), singer of the rock band Hole. Cobain became known for destroying his guitars on stage; a ritual that supposedly started out of frustration with their previous drummer, who kept missing the beat. Cobain accidentally damaged his guitar and out of frustration, he destroyed it. The crowd loved it and thought it was part of the show. From that point onward, it became kind of a tradition to destroy guitars to get off stage sooner. One of the reasons that they wanted to get off sooner, is that Kurt Cobain suffered from back injuries.

The last tour

Kurt Cobain thought his work got misinterpreted and wanted to challenge the audience with their third album In Utero. The album was still a success and Nirvana started touring again. They played their last concert on March 1, 1994, in Munich, Germany. Later that year, with the sudden death of Kurt Cobain, the story of Nirvana came to an end. His fans were shocked to hear that Kurt Cobain had taken his own life. Although he was immensely successful, he lived a troubled life. At the time of his death, he suffered from a drug addiction that caused media outrage; putting even more stress on his physical and mental wellbeing. Since a young age, he also suffered from chronic bronchitis and recurring pains resulting from a stomach condition.

All this and more led to the death of Kurt Cobain. He died at the age of 27 and as a result joined the infamous 27 Club (of musicians that died at 27 years of age) that also included pop stars like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison (The Doors) and Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones).

Despite their relatively short existence, Nirvana left a legacy that would never be forgotten. The band sold more than 75 million records worldwide, with more than 25 million in the United States alone. And they’re still popular today. During their years of fame as a mainstream act, Nirvana acquired many awards, such as seven MTV Video Music Awards, and an American Music Award. They were also added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Find all the Nirvana chords below. Choose your favorite song and practice the unique Nirvana sound. Happy jamming!

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Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Official Music Video) chordsNirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Official Music Video)
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Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World (MTV Unplugged) chordsNirvana - The Man Who Sold The World (MTV Unplugged)
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Nirvana - Come As You Are chordsNirvana - Come As You Are
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Nirvana - Lithium chordsNirvana - Lithium
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Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box chordsNirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
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Nirvana - About A Girl (MTV Unplugged) chordsNirvana - About A Girl (MTV Unplugged)
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Nirvana - In Bloom (Official Video) chordsNirvana - In Bloom (Official Video)
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Nirvana - All Apologies (MTV Unplugged) chordsNirvana - All Apologies (MTV Unplugged)
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Nirvana - Something In The Way chordsNirvana - Something In The Way
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Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Official Live at Reading 1992) chordsNirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Official Live at Reading 1992)
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Nirvana - You Know You're Right chordsNirvana - You Know You're Right
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Nirvana - Sliver (Official Video) chordsNirvana - Sliver (Official Video)
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Nirvana - Territorial Pissings chordsNirvana - Territorial Pissings
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Nirvana - Rape Me chordsNirvana - Rape Me
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Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea chordsNirvana - Pennyroyal Tea
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Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea (Live On "Nulle Part Ailleurs", Paris, France/1994) chordsNirvana - Pennyroyal Tea (Live On "Nulle Part Ailleurs", Paris, France/1994)
363 jam sessions
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Nirvana - All Apologies - In Utero chordsNirvana - All Apologies - In Utero
291 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Sappy  (Video Cobain dead) chordsNirvana - Sappy (Video Cobain dead)
246 jam sessions
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Nirvana - On A Plain (Live at Reading 1992) chordsNirvana - On A Plain (Live at Reading 1992)
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Nirvana - I Just Want To Sleep (Rare Song) HD chordsNirvana - I Just Want To Sleep (Rare Song) HD
228 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Been A Son chordsNirvana - Been A Son
219 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Sliver chordsNirvana - Sliver
189 jam sessions
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Nirvana - D-7 (Live at Reading 1992) chordsNirvana - D-7 (Live at Reading 1992)
144 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Territorial Pissings (Live at Reading 1992) chordsNirvana - Territorial Pissings (Live at Reading 1992)
129 jam sessions
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Nirvana PLATEAU rehearsal (Unplugged) chordsNirvana PLATEAU rehearsal (Unplugged)
117 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Son Of A Gun chordsNirvana - Son Of A Gun
111 jam sessions
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Nirvana - NOIZEMAKER (Unreleased Song Recording 02.07.1992 REAL*) chordsNirvana - NOIZEMAKER (Unreleased Song Recording 02.07.1992 REAL*)
99 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Beeswax chordsNirvana - Beeswax
87 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Mr. Moustache chordsNirvana - Mr. Moustache
78 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Lounge Act Original Instrumental High Quality chordsNirvana - Lounge Act Original Instrumental High Quality
78 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Spank Thru (lyric) chordsNirvana - Spank Thru (lyric)
75 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Negative Creep (Live In Europe/1991) chordsNirvana - Negative Creep (Live In Europe/1991)
63 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Sifting chordsNirvana - Sifting
63 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Moist Vagina (Marijuana) chordsNirvana - Moist Vagina (Marijuana)
60 jam sessions
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Nirvana - In Bloom - Rotterdam 1991 (Drunk) chordsNirvana - In Bloom - Rotterdam 1991 (Drunk)
60 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Blew (Live at Reading 1992) chordsNirvana - Blew (Live at Reading 1992)
60 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Stain chordsNirvana - Stain
51 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Aero Zeppelin chordsNirvana - Aero Zeppelin
39 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Been A Son chordsNirvana - Been A Son
39 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Turnaround chordsNirvana - Turnaround
39 jam sessions
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Nirvana LITHIUM Rome 22nd Feb 1994 chordsNirvana LITHIUM Rome 22nd Feb 1994
30 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Hormoaning - D7 chordsNirvana - Hormoaning - D7
21 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Big Long Now chordsNirvana - Big Long Now
18 jam sessions
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Nirvana - Hormoaning - Molly's Lips chordsNirvana - Hormoaning - Molly's Lips
15 jam sessions
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Nirvana(UK) - Pentecost Hotel chordsNirvana(UK) - Pentecost Hotel
15 jam sessions
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Nirvana -1989 - Bleach Tour Clips. chordsNirvana -1989 - Bleach Tour Clips.
15 jam sessions
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In The Courtyard Of The Stars chordsIn The Courtyard Of The Stars
12 jam sessions
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Nirvana (UK) - You can try it chordsNirvana (UK) - You can try it
3 jam sessions
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I Never Had A Love Like This Before chordsI Never Had A Love Like This Before
3 jam sessions
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Black Flower chordsBlack Flower
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