Greatest Soundgarden Songs


The Top Ten

1 Black Hole Sun

One of the rare cases where the band's most popular is actually my favorite. The closest they got to achieving the atmosphere in this track was their lesser known 4th of July, both tracks relatively are my two favorites from this band. - cjWriter1997

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

Great tune! Creepy and dark, but rocking at the same time.

Couldn't argue that this is their best song. This is the one I think if when I think of this band.

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2 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.

I normally like the hard soundgarden (like outshined, jesus christ pose, my wave etc.) but the melody and structure of this song just makes me feel so strong about stuff, I hope you get what I mean. Anyways great song

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3 Spoonman

Great riff

Great vocals by Chris Cornell. No one sings like him anymore. - Userguy44

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

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

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4 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

This ones the best these voters are idiots

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5 Outshined

Great riff and vocals. This is Soundgarden. - Userguy44

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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6 Jesus Christ Pose

Sick song and possibly my Favorite Soundgarden Song - Soulstealer

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.

An absolute banger, my favorite Soundgarden song along with Spoonman

Belter of a track. Wasn't my instant favourite. But has become joint favourite now with Burden in My Hand

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7 The Day I Tried to Live

When I think Soundgarden, I think of this song. - truckturner

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

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8 4th of July

This song just makes you feel chilled asf

This definitely needs to ranked higher. Superb vocals, lyrics and base.!

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!

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9 Blow Up the Outside World

This song just delivers so much feeling it was love the first time I heard

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 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

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

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10 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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The Contenders

11 Burden in My Hand

Why so low

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.

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12 Live to Rise

Live to Rise is a good Soundgarden song. Not their best, but is still fantastic. The song works very well with the first Avengers movie (it should since it was made for the movie). Did I mention it was the first song Soundgarden fully recorded since the 90's.

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

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?

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.

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13 Slaves and Bulldozers

Best singing performance by cornell eve

This really at 13? Really? come on!

The best song on the masterpiece Badmotorfinger!

An absolute beast of a song.

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14 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

Incredibly underrated Soundgarden song and grunge song in general - everything is phenomenal, from the epic build-up to the epic guitar solo! Also one of Chris and Matt's best performances on vocals and drums respectively. - petrucci75hammet

This one deserves to be in top 10

It has it all, strongest song on the best album. Super power drum lines, epic guitar solo, love it so much

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15 Beyond the Wheel

Best voice ever!

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?!?! - Teo2390

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

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16 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.

Boo! Definitely. Should be in the top 10 one of my favorites for sure! Love Soundgarden been listening for like dang 15 or 16 years! - crystalfeaster

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17 Room a Thousand Years Wide

18? Seriously? How is this ranked so low? Easily one of my top 3 favorite Soundgarden Songs if not number 1. - Flyeaglesfly17

This riff...

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!

Pure Soundgarden

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18 Head Down

How was this not even on the list... It's my favorite song of all time.

This song is stupidly low

Too good for the masses

Why the hell is not in the top 10?

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19 Superunknown

An amazing yet underrated Soundgarden song.

Great bass line.

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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20 Holy Water

Crazy riff, singing and tone!

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21 Hands All Over

Got to be higher than 29. Surely!

Should be in top 15 at least way better than Live To Rise in my opinion

It must be in the top ten! Great song!

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

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22 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

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23 Limo Wreck

24th position?! I don't get at all. It should be at least TOP 10.

Underrated dark and catchy should be in the top 5

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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25 Cold Bitch
26 Let Me Drown

Yep, one of my favorites

My favourite

Badass riffs! Badass solo! Badass screaming! BADASS SONG!

The chorus kicks so much ass in this, can hear it withouth singing along

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27 Zero Chance

Best song

The best ballad of 90's.

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28 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.

This song, Outshined, Jesus Christ pose, and Slaves & Bulldozers are pretty much tied for 1 for me, so since this song got ranked lower than the other songs, I decided to vote for this song.

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

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31 Non-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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32 Tighter & 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

How is this not in the top 27... For me this pretty noose and 4th of July are the best songs.

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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33 Overfloater

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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35 Been Away Too Long

From King Animal, the last album of Soundgarden. Masterpiece, a great return for this big band.

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36 Fresh Tendrils

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.

Don't appreciate it the first time as much, but listening again makes you know its one of their best songs

My favourite song ever!

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38 Birth Ritual

Maybe it’s because it’s on a soundtrack, but this song is BADLY underrated, and has got to be, if not #1, then top 2/3

Underrated, Awesome vocals, riff guitar, the drums, bass. Certain the best song of Soundgarden.

Unbelievable vocals

Their best song. Unbelieveble song.

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39 New Damage

Why the hell isn't this #1

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40 Hunted Down

Come on now, this is top 10

Criminally underrated. So haunting. It's perfect.

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41 Rowing

The best song of king animal

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42 Mind Riot

Most underrated Soundgarden song, and also, very original, as it seems to have a tempo of its own

This is, by far, the best Soundgarden song. Then Limo Wreck.

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43 Mailman

Love the slow riff, the chorus just drives me crazy

"I know I'm heading for the bottom.

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44 Bones 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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45 Nothing to Say

So heavy. People say 4th of July or Jesus Christ Pose is their heaviest song? Nope. It's Nothing to Say. Check it out if you haven't already.

The Heaviest of all

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46 Big Dumb Sex

Dirty song but it's so damn catchy

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47 Halfway There

Great song from their new album King Animal

A new song from a newer album

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48 She Likes Surprises

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50 Incessant Mace

A very doomy song with awesome guitar, bass, drum and vocals.

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