It Happened In Music: The Birth of Grunge

Nirvana, circa 1988On January 23, 1988, Nirvana records a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. It was this tape that made it into the hands of  Jonathan Poneman, one of the founders of Sub Pop records. After hearing the demo, he offers to put out a Nirvana single.

This historic event set the Seattle sound into motion, which is why we’re honoring this moment with a playlist of Nirvana classics paired with a selection of tracks from their grunge contemporaries. Have your own grunge (or grunge-inspired) favorites? Add them to our collaborative Spotify mix. No Spotify? Create your own version of this playlist with the track listing below.

  1. “Come As You Are” – Nirvana
  2. “Hunger Strike” – Temple Of The Dog
  3. “Man In The Box” – Alice In Chains
  4. “Celebrity Skin” – Hole
  5. “Even Flow” – Pearl Jam
  6. “Heart Shaped Box” – Nirvana
  7. “Black Hole Sun” – Soundgarden
  8. “Plush” – Stone Temple Pilots
  9. “Lithium” – Nirvana
  10. “Suck You Dry” – Mudhoney
  11. “Nearly Lost You” – Screaming Trees
  12. “All Apologies” – Nirvana
  13. “Lake Of Fire” – Nirvana