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PPL celebrates Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday with most-played Nirvana chart

Laura  Barnes
PPL celebrates Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday with most-played Nirvana chart

Today, the most iconic man in grunge, Kurt Cobain, would have turned 50 years old. To celebrate, music licensing organisation PPL has uncovered the 20 most-played Nirvana tracks on UK radio and TV.

“Kurt Cobain was one of the most visionary figures in music in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He inspired countless young people all over the world to start learning an instrument and to have the confidence to begin writing their own music,” said Tim Silver, head of Music Reporting Services at PPL.

“On what would have been his 50th birthday, we are delighted to be able to honour him with a chart of the 20 most-played Nirvana songs on radio and TV. There’re a lot of their best-known tracks in there but also one or two curveballs too.”

It’s no surprise that Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit tops the charts, but along with some of the biggest tracks from the band’s albums Nevermind and In Utero, the list features cover versions of other artists’ songs such as David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World (No. 6), Love Buzz originally by Dutch group Shocking Blue (No. 14) and The Vaselines’ Molly’s Lips (No. 18), as well as a number of fan favourites and album tracks.
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The chart was compiled using PPL data from 2000 to 2016 and highlights just how incredibly influential the Seattle band were and continue to be to musicians across the pond.

The most-played Nirvana songs on UK radio and TV:

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
2. Come As You Are (1991)
3. Lithium (1991)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (1993)
5. In Bloom (1991)
6. The Man Who Sold The World (MTV Unplugged) (1993)
7. All Apologies (1993)
8. About a Girl (1989)
9. Aneurysm (1991)
10. On A Plain (1991)
11. Drain You (1991)
12. Stay Away (1991)
13. Breed (1991)
14. Love Buzz (1989)
15. Serve The Servants (1993)
16. Lounge Act (1991)
17. Something In The Way (1991)
18. Molly’s Lips (1990)
19. Dumb (1993)
20. Territorial Pissings (1991)

Happy Birthday, Kurt Cobain!

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