Nirvana – “Lithium”
One of Nirvana’s most popular songs is also one of its most heavy — the song references drugs, suicide, and religion. Music journalist Michael Azerrad dubbed the song a reference to Karl Marx’s statement on religion being an “opiate of the masses.” Cobain said the narrative of this song revolves around a man who turns to religion to keep himself from suicide after the death of his girlfriend. While the story is perceived to be fictional, Cobain said he drew inspiration from his personal life with breakups and bad relationships. The lyrics reflect dire loneliness and trying to appear okay, but knowing you’re not inside. The tempo of the song even goes from loud guitar riffs to soft chords, possibly reflecting the chaos of trying to keep it together.
Revealing Lyrics: “I’m so happy because today I’ve found my friends/ They’re in my head”