Best Chris Cornell Songs

Chris Cornell, undoubtedly the most amazing vocalist of our time, has had a lengthy career between his solo work and his collaborations with Temple Of The Dog, Soundgarden, Audioslave, etc. This list captures his best work.

The Top Ten

1 Show Me How to Live - Audioslave

The best of the best

Wow! I just re-discovered that voice! How powerful and emotional.. I've never heard anything like that man's voice..

Great voice, great song.

Not his best. Top ten, maybe.

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2 Like a Stone - Audioslave

The true voice of Chris could be reflected in this song. Number 4? Are you serious? No voice could be like his. This is the song! Best song ever!

One of the most beautiful songs ever. RIP Chris Cornell.

Haunting, moving and beautiful.

The truth in the lyrics is what makes this a timeless track. Couple that with Chris Cornell's damning tone and this transcends music and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy! One of a kind!

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3 4th of July - Soundgarden

Already when I was 13 a I firstly heard that one, I loved that! One of my favorites

4 Pretty Noose - Soundgarden

So much meaning and understanding in this song, and it reflects on all of us individually. My favorite!

And I don't like what you've got me hanging from. Pretty noose is pretty pain.

5 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

Best song ever peeps so sad about Cornell’s death so yolo

The song is undoubtedly the best from his collaboration with soundgarden and is the one damn meaningful song beautifully sung and written.

How can this not be number one here?

6 Outshined - Soundgarden

Best one

My favorite isn't even on this list!

How isn't this way above the the 8 higer?

7 Burden in My Hand - Soundgarden

Just awesome lyrics and reflected some of the best times in my life. Thanks Australia + Anya

Song NEVER fails to pick me up when I need it.

8 The Day I Tried to Live - Soundgarden

My favorite!

First song that popped in my head when I found out he passed away. One of the best voices/growls in rock. RIP

Top 5, for certain!

9 When I'm Down - Chris Cornell

nice song

10 Sunshower - Chris Cornell

This song leaves me speechless. It has been my favorite song of all time for 20 years.

If a song elicits emotion, it has done it's job. This song does that in spades.

It's the most beautiful song he's done. Love it. It's better than Black Hole Sun - that was all the kids played when I was in High School... Great Expectations was a great movie!

An absolutely beautiful song... Sad to see him go. The movie was very sad as well - if you've ever fell in love with a woman that you can't have ( I'm speaking of the original movie. )

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The Contenders

11 Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart


I can't stop listening to this. He has been on top of his game for 30 plus years. Awesome!

Except for the snotty lead guitar, a perfect song.

The Best Their Is.

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12 You Know My Name - Chris Cornell

I love it.
Should be top 5. Brilliant Bond song.

I fell in love with this song and took too long to realize it was because its from the same singer of soundgarden, audioslave and just.. That voice can make you like any song. And the song itself is great and hello JAMES BOND movie maybe?! Awesome...

Bond. James Bond

Forget about it being just a Bond theme, its just a bloody good song! His voice sounds great and it's a joy to watch the film knowing the first thing you here is the best vocalist of a generation, and one of the best ever. 4 octaves of delight from this amazing man.

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13 Be Yourself - Audioslave

How is this song not on this list? Great lyrics, great message, great vocals by Cornell and one of my favorite riffs by Tom Morello. Whats not to like? RIP Chris

14 Fell On Black Days - Soundgarden

This song means everything. We all fall into the dark from time to time.

Seriously? Number 17? How is this not top 5?

15 Say Hello 2 Heaven - Temple of the Dog

This song demonstrates the best and the sheer range of Cornell's vocal ability. Wicked song, along with Cochise, fell on black days, last remaining light, what you are and spoonman laugh out loud, all are awesome examples of his power and range

Love this song that Chris wrote for his roommate and best friend Andy wood

Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam - could I ask for anything better? - Songsta41

Hands down, the best tribute song out there.. It's resonating lyrics fit few.

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16 Before We Disappear - Chris Cornell
17 Billie Jean - Chris Cornell
18 Spoonman - Soundgarden

How is this not higher listen to the beat it is fully sick - callumpartington

19 Heavy Is the Head - Zac Brown Band
20 Wide Awake - Audioslave

Totalmente subestimada, una de las mejores canciones de la era Audioslave

This song different. It's legendary.

21 Revelations - Audioslave

Always gets me ready to do anthing.

22 Seasons - Chris Cornell

I first heard this on Superman the man if steel soundtrack. Loved it but had no idea it was Chris! This is one super talented man!

Great song from "Singles" movie soundtrack.

Great song that's not listed

23 Cochise - Audioslave

Great song!

24 Doesn't Remind Me - Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell is the best vocalist ever lived! This is one hell of a song!

25 Rusty Cage - Soundgarden

His roots! Awesome like Slavers and Bulldozers.

26 Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog

Not in the Top 10?

27 Arms Around Your Love - Chris Cornell

Love this gentel side of Chris

28 I Am the Highway - Audioslave

My favourite song of this band and this author

29 Preaching the End of the World
30 Dead Wishes - Chris Cornell
31 Long Gone - Chris Cornell
32 Getaway Car - Audioslave

Why was this not even listed?!? This song is what got me into listening to Chris. I heard Black Hole Sun before just wasn't as interested in it as I was with getaway car.

33 Like Suicide - Soundgarden

Verys underrated

34 Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden

Absolutely ferocious.

35 Promise - Slash

This song is amazing! Chris Cornell Slash!

36 Call Me a Dog - Chris Cornell
37 Slaves & Bulldozers - Soundgarden
38 The Promise - Chris Cornell

His last song... it became even more powerful after his death...

39 Higher Truth - Chris Cornell
40 You Never Knew My Mind - Chris Cornell

Absolutely heartbreaking, doesn’t get ruined by the fact that it’s not really his song, as far as I know he wrote the music so it must have really resonated with him, his vocals are beautiful as usually.

41 No Such Thing - Chris Cornell
42 Redemption Song - Chris Cornell

My favourite of his covers. His performance with his daughter was so beautiful. - DNuhlFC

43 Josephine - Chris Cornell
44 The Keeper - Chris Cornell
45 Shadow on the Sun - Audioslave

My favorite audioslave song how is it not even on the list

46 When Bad Does Good - Chris Cornell
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List Stats

800 votes
46 listings
6 years, 203 days old

Top Remixes

1. When I'm Down - Chris Cornell
2. Burden in My Hand - Soundgarden
3. Sunshower - Chris Cornell
1. 4th of July - Soundgarden
2. Pretty Noose - Soundgarden
3. Show Me How to Live - Audioslave


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