Remembering Chris Cornell: The Top 10 Soundgarden Songs

Chris Cornell was born on this day in 1964

Remembering Chris Cornell: The Top 10 Soundgarden Songs

Chris Cornell, one of the chief architects of the 1990’s Grunge movement was born on July 20, 1964 in Seattle, Washington. The talented singer, that owned a four-octave vocal range and a powerful vocal belting technique, tragically committed suicide in May 18, 2017 after a Soundgarden concert in Detroit at age 52, but left one of music’s biggest legacies that in recent years increased with his diverse solo work. “Euphoria Morning” 1999, “Carry On” 2007, “Scream” 2009, “Higher Truth” 2015 and the live album “Songbook” 2011. Cornell successfully went into different directions throughout his career, and his his work as a songwriter for movies and scores earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song “The Keeper,” which appeared in the 2011 film “Machine Gun Preacher”. Cornell also co-wrote and performed the theme song to the James Bond film “Casino Royale” in 2006, “You Know My Name.” His last solo release before his death was the charity single “The Promise,” written for the ending credits for the film of the same name. His career started back in the 1980’s, as part of the Seattle Rock scene. He formed Soundgarden in 1984 and by 1987 they were signed by the now famous Sub Pop local label, releasing their debut EP “Screaming Life” and in 1988 the EP “Fopp”. That same year, they signed to independent label SST Records and released their debut album, “Ultramega OK”, for which they earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance in 1990. In 1991, the band signed with A&M Records, and became the first grunge band to sign to a major label. Along with Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam, Soundgarden quickly became one of the most successful bands from Seattle’s emerging grunge scene Their album “Badmotorfinger” was released in 1991 including the Alternative Rock hits “Jesus Christ Pose,” “Outshined” and “Rusty Cage.” Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 after the release of their album “Down on the Upside” but got back together in 2010 until Cornell’s death in 2017.Cornell also was a member of supergroups Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave with whom he scored several Rock hits. We look back at the Top 10 Soundgarden songs.

10 – “Blow Up the Outside World”, 1996

9 – “Burden in My Hand”, 1996

“Pretty Noose” 1996

7 – “Hands All Over”, 1989

6 – “Nothing to Say”, 1987

5 – “Rusty Cage”, 1991

4 – “Outshined”, 1991

3 – “Spoonman”, 1994


2 – “Jesus Christ Pose”, 1991

1 – “Black Hole Sun”, 1994

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