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Recorded: Nov. 18, 1993

Released: November 1, 1994

Rating: 4.563 (average of 14 ratings)

Genre: rock > grunge

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Album Tracks:

  1. About a Girl
  2. Come As You Are
  3. Jesus Don’t Want Me for a Sunbeam
  4. The Man Who Sold the World
  5. Pennyroyal Tea
  6. Dumb
  7. Polly
  8. On a Plain
  9. Something in the Way
  10. Plateau
  11. Oh, Me
  12. Lake of Fire
  13. All Apologies
  14. Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 5.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 2.0
sales worldwide - estimated 14.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 1
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • About a Girl (10/15/94) #22a US, #3 AR, #1 MR
  • The Man Who Sold the World (1/7/95) #39a US, #12 AR, #6 MR
  • Lake of Fire (5/27/95) #22 AR


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time One of VH1’s 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Albums of All Time.

MTV Unplugged in New York
“If In Utero is a suicide note, MTV Unplugged in New York is a message from beyond the grave, a summation of Kurt Cobain's talents and pain so fascinating, it's hard to listen to repeatedly.” STE “Nirvana shine brightly on this live set because the volume is just low enough to let Kurt Cobain's tortured tenderness glow.” RS

“Is it the choice of material or the spare surroundings that make it so effective? Well, it's certainly a combination of both.” STE “The powerful, reverent covers of Lead Belly, Bowie and Meat Puppets songs sum Nirvana up as a haunted, theatrical and, ultimately, truly raw band.” RS “The version of the Vaselines' Jesus Don't Want Me for a Sunbeam or the three covers of Meat Puppets II songs mean as much as All Apologies or Something in the Way.” STE

“This, in many senses, isn't just an abnormal Nirvana record, capturing them in their sincerest desire to be R.E.M. circa Automatic for the People, it's the Nirvana record that nobody, especially Kurt, wanted revealed. It's a nakedly emotional record, unintentionally so, as the subtext means more than the main themes of how Nirvana wanted to prove its worth and diversity, showcasing the depth of their songwriting. As it turns out, it accomplishes its goals rather too well; this is a band, and songwriter, on the verge of discovering a new sound and style.” STE

“Then, there's the subtexts, as Kurt's hurt and suicidal impulses bubble to the surface even as he's trying to suppress them. Few records are as unblinkingly bare and naked as this, especially albums recorded by their peers. No other band could have offered covers of David Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World and the folk standard Where Did You Sleep Last Night on the same record, turning in chilling performances of both – performances that reveal as much as their original songs.” STE

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Previous Album: In Utero (1993)

Last updated February 11, 2010.