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A look at Kurt Cobain’s favorite music

A handwritten list of Kurt Cobain's favorite albums is getting plenty of attention Thursday as it makes the rounds on the Internet. (Amazon.com image)

It’s been over 18 years since Kurt Cobain died. But he’s still a seemingly constant source of inspiration and fascination nearly two decades later.

A handwritten list of his favorite albums is getting plenty of attention Thursday as it makes the rounds on the Internet thanks to Buzzfeed. The list, originally published as “Journals” back in 2002, shows his deep love for punk rock. But it also reveals some interesting surprises, including The Knack, REM and the Beatles.

Here’s the complete list of Kurt Cobain’s favorite albums:

1. Iggy and the Stooges, “Raw Power”

2. Pixies, “Surfer Rosa”

3. The Breeders, “Pod”

4. The Vaselines, “Pink EP”

5. The Shaggs, “Philosophy of the World”

6. Fang, “Landshark”

7. MDC, “Millions of Dead Cops”

8. Scratch Acid, “Scratch Acid EP”

9. Saccharine Trust, “Paganicons”

10. Butthole Surfers, “Pee Pee the Sailor” aka “Brown
Reason to Live”

11. Black Flag, “My War”

12. Bad Brains, “Rock for Light”

13. Gang of Four, “Entertainment!”

14. Sex Pistols, “Never Mind the Bollocks”

15. The Frogs, “It’s Only Right and Natural”

16. PJ Harvey, “Dry”

17. Sonic Youth, “Daydream Nation”

18. The Knack, “Get the Knack”

19. The Saints, “Know Your Product”

20. anything by Kleenex

21. The Raincoats, “The Raincoats”

22. Young Marble Giants, “Colossal Youth”

23. Aerosmith, “Rocks”

24. Various Artists, “What Is It”

25. R.E.M., “Green”

26. Shonen Knife, “Burning Farm”

27. The Slits, “Typical Girls”

28. The Clash, “Combat Rock”

29. The Faith/Void, “Split EP”

30. Rites of Spring, “Rites of Spring”

31. Beat Happening, “Jamboree”

32. Tales of Terror, “Tales of Terror”

33. Leadbelly, “Leadbelly’s Last Sessions Vol. 1”

34. Mudhoney, “Superfuzz Bigmuff”

35. Daniel Johnston, “Yip/Jump Music”

36. Flipper, “Generic Flipper”

37. The Beatles, “Meet the Beatles”

38. Half Japanese, “We Are They Who Ache With Amorous
Love”

39. Butthole Surfers, “Locust Abortion Technician”

40. Black Flag, “Damaged”

41. Fear, “The Record”

42. PiL, “Flowers of Romance”

43. Public Enemy, “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold
Us Back”

44. Marine Girls, “Beach Party”

45. David Bowie, “The Man Who Sold the World”

46. Wipers, “Is This Real?”

47. Wipers, “Youth of America”

48. Wipers, “Over the Edge”

49. Mazzy Star, “She Hangs Brightly”

50. Swans, “Young God”

About the Author

Josh Kerns

Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. He covers everything from May Day riots in Seattle to the latest Boeing news. Email Josh at jkerns@kiroradio.com

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