They will always be synonymous with grunge music , but the best Soundgarden songs transcend fads and fashions. If you think so, let us know in the comments section. An early classic and a sure sign of the greater things that would come from the best Soundgarden songs. The experimental Down On The Upside repeatedly demonstrated that the best Soundgarden songs stretched way beyond the constraints of grunge.
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'The Day I Tried to Live'
They embodied everything that was great about rock, punk, and metal in a single package. Though Chris Cornell, who passed away two years ago, was the front man and penned most of the lyrics — and would find success later on as both a solo artist and the singer in Audioslave — each member wrote songs or added feedback to compositions that other people brought to the studio. Then came their golden period that ran from to , when they became global stars on the back of era-defining records like Louder Than Love , Badmotorfinger , Superunknown , and Down on the Upside.
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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. It says something about the scene they sprang from that Soundgarden were generally thought of as a relatively untortured stadium rock band. With frontman Chris Cornell now having died at age 52 from a possible suicide, it's pretty staggering to look back at how their most-famous, best-selling album was filled with titles like "Limo Wreck," "The Day I Tried to Live," "Let Me Drown" and of course "Like Suicide" -- delivered through Cornell's signature howl as some of the few rock transmissions powerful enough to potentially reach into the, well, Superunknown. But indeed, Soundgarden in their time were not viewed as particularly notable purveyors of existential angst or exorcists of personal demons. Even Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, who today seems mostly like a cool dad who just wants to take his daughter to a Cubs game, was more likely to be dubbed "brooding" or "complicated" than Cornell. Most likely, this is because among the biggest '90s grunge bands, Soundgarden most brought the hammer down like '70s predecessors Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath , with a sound as soaring and untamed as Cornell's wild black hair, and as broad and gleaming as his oft-bare chest. They were the new Rock Gods. And Rock Gods don't brood.
A list of songs recorded by American rock band Soundgarden. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. All members of Soundgarden contributed to songwriting, including singer Chris Cornell , guitarist Kim Thayil top , bassist Ben Shepherd middle and drummer Matt Cameron bottom. Retrieved July 2, Chris Cornell".