Reading this Nirvana Ranked might rankle a segment of Nirvana fans. But once I explain how I went about it, you’ll get it. Hopefully.

I’m Adam 12, Program Director and on-air host here at ROCK 92.9 in Boston. You can hear me weekdays from 11 a.m. ’til 4 p.m. I started high school in ’91 and graduated college in ’99, so I spent my formative years in the ’90s. Credibility established.

That’s when I started my career in radio, too. So I consider myself a bit of an expert on the music of the era. I’ve recently shared rankings of Weezer‘s Blue Album and Purple from Stone Temple Pilots, going track-by-track through each one.

Nirvana Ranked: Methodology

I’m taking a different approach here, though. Instead of ranking the cuts on a specific Nirvana album, I’m ranking the actual albums. Which of course begs the comment and question: “12, they only have 3 albums. What’s the point?”

Yes, Nirvana has 3 studio albums. Which doesn’t make for a very exciting ranking. So I’m expanding my scope to include the band’s full-length releases from the ’90s. With two live albums and a compilation, I’ve now doubled the list.

Nirvana Ranked: From Best to…Best

As I state with all my rankings, this caveat: there is no “worst” on this list. Only “best.” So if your favorite Nirvana release lands in a low spot on my ranking, please don’t take it personally. “I celebrate their entire catalog,” to paraphrase the Bobs.

And to paraphrase D. Boon and Mike Watt, this is one reporter’s opinion. Mine. It reflects my own fandom and personal history with the band. Thanks for taking the time to read it. Hit me up between 11 and 4 during the week and let me know what you think.

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