Heart-Shaped Box

song by Nirvana

"Heart-Shaped Box" is a song by the American grunge band Nirvana. It was written by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain. It was released on August 23, 1993 as the first single from their third studio album In Utero.

"Heart-Shaped Box"
Single by Nirvana
from the album In Utero
ReleasedAugust 30, 1993
RecordedFebruary 1993
StudioPachyderm, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Songwriter(s)Kurt Cobain
Producer(s)Steve Albini
Nirvana singles chronology
"Puss / Oh, the Guilt"
"Heart-Shaped Box"
"All Apologies" / "Rape Me"
Music video
"Heart-Shaped Box" at YouTube

Cobain's wife Courtney Love thought the song was about her, although it was actually written about children with cancer.[2]


  1. Danaher, Michael (August 4, 2014). "The 50 Best Grunge Songs". Paste. Archived from the original on March 20, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  2. Cross, Charles R. Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain, p.281