The 7 Quirkiest Nirvana Covers Of All Time

In the 20 years since his death, Kurt Cobain’s influence on pop culture, from fashion to film to, of course, music, has endured. To celebrate the release of Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross, we’ve pulled together seven of our favorite, quirkiest covers of classic Nirvana songs.

1. Cibo Matto - “About a Girl”

The Japanese duo, best known for food-themed ditties like “Sugar Water” and “Birthday Cake” lends their signature ethereal sound to “About a Girl.”

2. Paul Anka - “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” done in full lounge lizard-style? Yeah, that happened.

3. Yuna - “Come As You Are”

Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna turns out a lovely cover of “Come As You Are.”

4. Polyphonic Spree - “Lithium”

Choral rockers Polyphonic Spree throwdown their best “Lithium.”

5. Evanescence - “Heart-Shaped Box”

Emo rockers Evanescence found a way to make the original “Heart-Shaped Box” sound downright danceable by comparison.

6. Sinéad O’Connor - “All Apologies”

When Nirvana did this song, they didn’t actually sound like they were apologizing for anything.

7. Patti Smith - “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Enough said.

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