Remembering Chris Cornell with his five greatest songs

music news 19/05/2017

On Wednesday night (local time) Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell passed away.

His death has been ruled a suicide.

Soundgarden was one of the world's biggest rock bands in the early 1990s, and dominated the so-called grunge scene along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The band headlined two Big Day Outs at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium - in 1994 and 1997.

Black Hole Sun

'Black Hole Sun' was a massive hit worldwide, but only peaked at no 22 on the New Zealand singles chart in 1994. It was a no 1 smash in the US, catapulting Soundgarden from a beloved cult band into a major stadium rock act.

Rusty Cage

The lead off track from the band's second and breakthrough album Badmotorfinger released in 1991. 

Fell on Black Days

Voted no 52 on the 77 Best Singles of the 1990s list by legendary New Zealand music magazine The Movement, it certainly left an impact on Kiwi listeners.

The Day I Tried to Live

Yet another hit from the band's seminal third album Superunknown, the song peaked at no 13 on the US Mainstream Rock chart, and has been a staple of their live performances ever since.

Burden In My Hand

Released in 1996, 'Burden in My Hand' was the band's biggest hit from their mega-selling album Down on the Upside. The song topped the US Mainstream Rock charts.