Greatest Soundgarden Songs


The Top Ten

1 Black Hole Sun

it has got to be one of the greatest grunge songs not only soundgarden...

It's the greatest rock song I ever heard in my entire life... It beats everything... There are no limits for Soundgarden... And I don't think is depressing at all... I find it very euphoric

Black Hole Sun has got to be one of the greatest songs of all time! It has everything, amazing vocals, guitar, rhythm, beat, and it also has that feeling that you get when everything in your life is going perfectly. This song rocks perfectly and it deserves to be first!

Amazing chorus and backing vocals, as well as that Leslie rotary in the beginning, sounds so good. - tonirali

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2 Fell On Black Days Fell On Black Days

I absolutely love this song. It is my favorite song by Soundgarden. The perfect timing these musicians display is astounding!

My favourite song with Black Hole Sun. Cornell 's voice is so awesome and this song bring back some memories! When I' m sad this song helps me very much! :D

great lyrics, this song always hit home for me. and the musicianship is top notch as well.

Totally the best Soundgarden song. Period.

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3 Spoonman Spoonman

Awesome the vocals by Chris Cornell and Ben Shepard are awesome. This is my favorite soundgarden song and 6th of al time ( about a girl, smells like teen spirit, lithium, heart shaped box, and in bloom. This should be number one

Absolutely awesome vocals, by Cornell. Excellent guitar riffs. - dharmiisha

Most definitely the best song by Soundgarden and chris cornell on the vocals is just terrific! This song beats black hole sun any day hands down!

I don't get why people like this song

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4 Jesus Christ Pose Jesus Christ Pose

How could this be ranked so low? I vote for it on account of the low ranking... I still think Spoonman, Pretty Noose, Outshined, Fell On Black Days, Blow Up the Outside World, Burden in My Hand, Black Hole Sun, and The Day I Tried to Live are the best, but come on! Jesus Christ Pose, guys, this song should be higher. Those should be top 10 along with Rusty Cage and Jesus Christ Pose, followed thereafter by My Wave.

I get chills whenever I hear this song. From the feedback laden, fast paced drumming, bass solo style intro to the downright jaw dropping vocal performance from Chris, every aspect of this song is utterly perfect. This song... This song is just amazing. It deserves to be #1 on everything it can possibly apply for. Black Hole Sun doesn't even compare. 11/10.

I love Soundgarden one of my favorites, blow up the outside world needs to be in this list!

This should be number one.

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5 Rusty Cage Rusty Cage

What's wrong with the voters? This one is an obvious top 5 song for any band for that purpose. Superb intro followed by solid vocals.

Seriously? This song is a song that everyone likes, even the people that don't even know that Soundgarden is a bamd. This song stands alone in m mind.

14th? This song is one of best songs ever made by the band! I think that the voters don't really listen to Soundgarden

My favorite song by them all soundgarden songs are amazing but this one kicks ass
" I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run"

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6 Outshined Outshined

One of my all time favorite songs. This song and Alice in chains man in the box symbolize everything grunge.

Soundgarden's most emotional song. Should be number 1.

My favorite from soundgarden and third favorite from the grunge songs followed by Alice in chains down in a hole and and nirvanas old age

One of the best all-time grunge songs, definitely soundgarden's best

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7 The Day I Tried to Live The Day I Tried to Live

Very underrated song that often gets lost in the shadow of others on this list. really love the lyrics and perspective fr4om which this song is told.

Black hole sun is solid, however if you look deeper and are a bigger Soundgarden fan, you'll see that they have better songs on that very same album, nevermind their entire library. That being said, I love this song as it all just clashes together perfectly.

Soundgarden has never failed to amaze me with so many songs that it's hard for me to choose. Best grunge rock band ever! - Beatlesboy9

Black hole sun is good but this is a much more interesting song - yamuthe

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8 Blow Up the Outside World Blow Up the Outside World

This song deserves more credit. Maybe not as decent as Black hole sun, fell on black days, or the day I tried to live, still a great song though. - Beatlesboy9

In my humble opinion this song is by far Soundgarden's best one. This is pretty clear if you come from other kind of listenings and you are not a SG fan.

This is not there best but I think it should be 2 at least you people have to listen to this it would be 1 if black hole sun wasn't so damn good

9 4th of July 4th of July

Best Soundgarden song! Great combination of awesome music, vocals and songwriting. Also shows why Cornell and Thayil are just musical geniuses.

This song is killer. You won't find a darker, more ominous riff than this. Just an incredible piece of music and storytelling. "Jesus tries to crack a smile beneath another shovel load." So, so good.

Melvins influenced every grunge band... this song is so heavy, so slow. One of my favs grunge songs of all time!

That heavy, dark and dirty riffs at the beginning...

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10 Beyond the Wheel Beyond the Wheel

The first song...well it was actually Chris Cornell "Reach Down" when he was in Temple Of The Dog. This was the second song I'd heard from Chris Cornell as a vocalist. His vocals are superb, I've never heard anyone like it, and I'm a big Axl Rose fan so you know what I'm talking about. Get this checked, and also make it your first choice if your just getting into the band!

Beyond the Wheel is so underrated in Soundgardens catolog. Chris screams his head off and thayils solo is amazing!

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Pretty Noose

It's not just a song, but a story with much rhythm and meaning to it. The metaphors in this masterpiece suggest a fair amount of depression that the writer, Chris Cornell went through at the time. Simply one of the deepest, most inspirational songs ever written and I was beyond surprised when I didn't see it at the top. Best line ever written:
"Fall out and take the bait
Eat the fruit
And kiss the snake goodnight. "

And I don't like what you got me hanging from

This is the first soundgarden song I heard when I was 3 or something. That's one of the songs that got me into music ( rock/metal anything) of course its one of my favorite

Pretty Noose is not up there at the top? I have listened to each and every song of Soundgarden.
While all of them are great in their own way, no song gives you the rush and evil motivation like this song does.
I may be wrong but this song is very much Underrated.

Underrated song. It's my personal favorite after Black Hole Sun.

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12 Live to RIse Live to RIse

Its only this low because it was released not to long ago but if this was released around the same time as black hole sun it would be much higher. Guaranteed! - wolphert

I've been listening to Soundgarden since the early 90's and I have to say although I think that Outshined and Limowreck are unbelievably killer tracks I've gotta go with Live To Rise as their absolute best song, and yes this song should be #1 on this list.

This song may be catchy but it's nothing compared to all of Soundgarden's last three albums, how are people voting for this track?

This is the best song of sound garden

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13 Burden In My Hand Burden In My Hand

Soundgarden has always been about musicianship. That's what separated them from the rest of the grunge pack. And this song is just it - pure ultimate musicianship. Everything in it's place, lyrics metaphoric and clever, and drumfills that rock your world every time.

Can't stop listening to this song! Cornell you the man

Best song by Soundgarden in my opinion, and one of the few music videos that haven't made me laugh.

I love soundgarden and this somg is by far my favorite, it's clever and flawless in everyway. I absolutley can't grt enough of the lyrics as every time I listen to them it opens up new meaning. The first time I heard this song I felt as if I had a revalation into a different kind of reality where I had all of this philisophical knowledge. This song has made me look at the world andlife in a different way so I thank you Chris Cornell so much for this amazing masterpiece.

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14 Slaves and Bulldozers Slaves and Bulldozers

Killer bass line, and chris' vocals are intense as always

Amazing bass. Reminds me of Tom Sawyer. Don't know why.

Love singing along to this haha

riff rocks so hard

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15 Black Rain Black Rain

This song is just amazing. The guitar riffs are magnificent and Cornell's voice is always wonderful to hear. It's so good it gives me chills. I really don't understand why it is not in the top five, at least...

Should be in the top ten. Better than some of the ones up there.
It's an awesome riff while the time signature's weird.

I really feel it should be at least in the top 10. It has such a great riff and vocals. It's one of their best songs up until now.

This and rusty cage should be in the top 5... I don t know why its here... ';

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16 Superunknown Superunknown

YES! This song is so awesome! It's guitar lick is awesome and it has extroardinary vocals from Chris. Their best song by far.

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17 Room a Thousand Years Wide Room a Thousand Years Wide

Incredible song. A riveting riff accompanied by cutting vocals which are supported by characteristically cryptic yet mesmerizing lyrics. Embodies why I like the band and is half the reason that Badmotorfinger is so high up on my most played albums list!

18 Loud Love Loud Love

This song should have been on the list its chorus grows on you making it one of the best soundgarden songs

The riff is so cool in this song. Its unbelievably good. Cornell and Thayil are Gods

19 Searching With My Good Eye Closed Searching With My Good Eye Closed

My favorite Soundgarden song. This has all of the elements I love about this band. Ridiculous showcase of Chris Cornell's range, killer riffing and licks from Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron show why they are an insanely brilliant rhythm section. As amazing as they can be on a more technically challenging song like Face Pollution, the control and groove they demonstrate here is what most people overlook, because the true pros know when to let a song breathe. Just heavenly.

Soundgarden have used it to open their shows as it is intense when Matt Cameron hits the Drums like a machine. Solid Vocals by Chris Cornell. Kim And Ben shine also with the grit they give it. Underrated for sure.

If it was a single, it would be higher. It's their best, along with superunknown and dusty

So amazingly great. Such a cool song.

20 Like Suicide Like Suicide

How was this not on the list? It's the epitome of Superunknown and the raw power behind it is just phenomenal. - lamington

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3. Blow Up the Outside World
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