RIP Chris Cornell: The Audioslave Frontman’s Best Works
Another one gone too soon.
Last week, the world was shocked by the death of another music veteran. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and Center for Disease Control Boys – whichever you preferred and grew up with – died from what is assumed to have been an accidental overdose of anxiety meds.
What better sendoff is there than celebrating what Chris spent his entire life creating?
Hunger Strike (1991, Temple of the Dog)
Chris Cornell meets Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder in this early 90s classic. The Temple of the Dog frontman once said it was about staying true to who you are and what you do, despite the temptation of fame and money. #SayItEveryday
Black Hole Sun (1994, Soundgarden)
As Soundgarden’s first No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, Black Hole Sun is a sure contender and has thus been played hundreds of times following Chris’ death. It’s arguably the group’s most popular and most recognized song, and listening to it will remind you just why this is so.
The Day I Tried to Live (1994, Soundgarden)
Proving that he could do more than grunge and grit, Chris took a more operatic vocal route in this track. And contrary to what most people think, The Day I Tried To Live is actually a hopeful song that speaks about choosing to experience what goes around you, instead of building walls around yourself.
Like A Stone (2003, Audioslave)
If you don’t know this one, you literally were living under a rock in the early 2000s. Who can forget Chris’ haunting vocals and the straightforward yet mysterious lyrics of Like A Stone? I was there so long ago/ The sky was bruised/ The wine was bled/ And there you led me on.
You Know My Name (Chris Cornell, 2006)
More than a decade in the industry, and Chris proved that he could still grit it out with the best of them. He was tasked to sing the new James Bond theme for Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale – a feat not done within the 20 years that it was made. Did he kill it? Naturally.