Courtney Love’s 25 Best Songs

15. “Awful” — Hole (Celebrity Skin)

Track one of Celebrity Skin critiques Hollywood, and track two sets its aims at the music industry. Atop the sweet jangle of pop-punk riffs, Love twists the main line from “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” into a battle cry against the biz’s sick co-opting of virginal female stars. Simultaneously Love addresses the idea of selling out — which Hole have been accused of doing again and again — and may even be talking about her affair with Gavin Rossdale, as she’s been quoted as saying. — Jillian Mapes