Greatest Soundgarden Songs


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The Top Ten

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!
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2Fell 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.
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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
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Absolutely awesome vocals, by Cornell. Excellent guitar riffs.


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
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!
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5Jesus 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!
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6The Day I Tried to Live
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.
Definitely Soundgarden's best song. With Cornell's screaming chorus, the opening riff, and the whole theme of the song
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.
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7Blow Up the Outside World
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
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.
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8Live 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!


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 is the best song of soundgarden... With amazing vocals of chriscornell. Supercool drum flavour added, nice guitar rytm and an Amazing video, Inshort this music video is awesome!
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9Rusty 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
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10Pretty 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. "
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.
Such, a powerful and emotional song, sends chills down my spine every time I listen to the amazing, masterpiece of a song. In my mind one of Soundgardens finest and best songs.

The Contenders

114th of July
Melvins influenced every grunge band... this song is so heavy, so slow. One of my favs grunge songs of all time!
It's actually about the first time Cornell took acid...
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.
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12Burden 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
Been listening to this song solid for the past 2 days! WO
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13Black 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.
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14Beyond 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!
have you ever listen somebody sing in this way?!?!


Beyond the Wheel is so underrated in Soundgardens catolog. Chris screams his head off and thayils solo is amazing!
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16Head Down
How was this not even on the list... It's my favorite song of all time.
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17Limo Wreck
One of the best songs. There's only one song I hate by soundgarden which is half. I can't stand that song after five seconds I turn it and like suicide was very cool. Limo wreck is my 3rd best song on superunknown. Best songs on badmotorfinger
1rusty cage
2 outshined
3 slaves and bulldozers
4 searchin with my good eye close
5 mind riot
Best on superunknown
1 black hole sun
2 4th of july
3 limo wreck★
4 like suicide
5 superunknown
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18Room 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!
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20Loud 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
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21Never Named Listen to sample

22Searching With My Good Eye Closed Listen to sample

23Mind Riot
This is, by far, the best Soundgarden song. Then Limo Wreck.
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24Like Suicide
How was this not on the list? It's the epitome of Superunknown and the raw power behind it is just phenomenal.


This one deserves to be in top 10
Awesome song, should be ranked top 10
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25Bones of Birds
Sound garden is in THE ZONE on this track! Its an absolutely amazing piece and I can't help fall in love with it! Every time I hear it! Its something of a musical masterpiece ringing in my ears and it takes me on a ride to some other place I didn't know existed!
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26Non-State Actor
Awesome feeling you get its gonna be good right from the start, the kind of song you fall in love with from the first time you listen to it
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27Slaves and Bulldozers
Killer bass line, and chris' vocals are intense as always
.. That bass riff. 29th?
Love singing along to this haha
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28Rhinosaur Listen to sample

Love the slow riff, the chorus just drives me crazy
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30My Wave
Honestly one of my favorite songs ever, let alone by this band.
It's amazing! It should have a higher rang!
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31Hunted Down Listen to sample

32Hands All Over
This is not my favourite from soundgarden but its deserves to be much higher in the ranking, at least in top 15
Terrific vocals and Guitars
It must be in the top ten! Great song!
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33Been Away Too Long Listen to sample

34Fresh Tendrils
Don't appreciate it the first time as much, but listening again makes you know its one of their best songs
A song of addiction, the struggle, the life. Something we all can relate to. I'm sure in one form or another we are all feeling addicted to something that we keep going back to. It's so simple, yet the guitar riff sounds like something Borderlands would include on their games. Good song.
My favourite song ever!
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35Tighter and Tighter
Obviously Black Hole Sun is on top of this list, it's their most popular song, not their best. When it comes to lyrics, the solo and well, the overall song. I think this song is the best.
Okay black hole suns great but not there best... Not even close. This zero chance and outshines are their absolute best when you count lyrics, music and emotion... Not popularity
Emotion-packed, awesome lyrics, sweet groove, and Kim Thayil's best solo next to his work in "Like Suicide." Not Soundgarden's most well-known song but definitely their best.
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36Birth Ritual Listen to sample

This song just slowly progresses and leaves you wanting more. It's just amazing. In my top 5 for sure.
Great song and lyrics!
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38Taree Listen to sample

The best song of king animal
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40Nothing to Say
The Heaviest of all
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The haunting vibe, the slightly creepy riff, and the vocals make this song packed with so much emotion.
Down on the upside's half? Amazing
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42Let Me Drown Listen to sample

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44By Crooked Steps
Best track on their best album, in my opinion; I don't want to take away from any of their past achievements, but the melody and lyrical genius in this song present a maturity and proven technical prowess which is the result of many years functioning as a band.
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45A Thousand Days Before
Terribly underrated. Love the kinda exotic feel.
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This song is so underrated (along with no wrong no right) especially since there is a lot of other goodsongs on that album. From the riff, vocal, lyrics this song is amazing and is up there with 4th of july, mind riot, like suicide, and applebite.
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47Switch Opens
Is a song with a lot of class. It has depth, great melody and tone. Why isn't it listed?
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48Little Joe
This is a awesome catchy song.
No love for the little joe
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50Blood On the Valley Floor Listen to sample

51Attrition Listen to sample

52Come Together

53Kickstand Listen to sample

54No Wrong No Right
Such a depressing song about the fact that everyone will eventually die. Also the eerie bass from hiro fits the song so well
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55Cold Bitch

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59Halfway There
Great song from their new album King Animal
A new song from a newer album
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This list was created 5 years, 363 days ago and has been voted on over 1,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 9 times.

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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