Greatest Soundgarden Songs

The Top Ten

1 Black Hole Sun Black Hole Sun Cover Art

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!

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.

2 Fell on Black Days Fell on Black Days Cover Art

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

3 Outshined Outshined Cover Art

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

Great lyrics...great song. Awesome rhythm and should've ranked higher than Jesus Christ Pose. That song shouldn't even be in top 15

4 Spoonman Spoonman Cover Art

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!

Creative but weird lyrics but just awesome to listen to and play. Easily one of the most complex songs in ever heard

5 Rusty Cage Rusty Cage Cover Art

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.

Epicc riff n vocals.One of the best song of Soundgarden.Should've be number 1

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

6 Jesus Christ Pose Jesus Christ Pose Cover Art

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.

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

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

7 The Day I Tried to Live The Day I Tried to Live Cover Art

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!

Definitely Soundgarden's best song. With Cornell's screaming chorus, the opening riff, and the whole theme of the song

8 4th of July 4th of July Cover Art

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!

This song is subtlety at it's finest, the heavy dark guitars build up to a beautiful peak and the chorus, the solo is one of Thayil's best and the lyrics and incredibly detailed and complex.

9 Blow Up the Outside World Blow Up the Outside World Cover Art

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.

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

The first song I listened to after hearing of Chris Cornell's passing. His lyrical work was haunting and wonderful at the same time.

10 Pretty Noose Pretty Noose Cover Art

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.

The Contenders

11 Burden in My Hand Burden in My Hand Cover Art

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.

Easily in top 5

12 Like Suicide Like Suicide Cover Art

Not my favorite song anymore after Chris’ death it hurts just a little too much. An absolute masterpiece of an album.

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

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.

This one deserves to be in top 10

13 Slaves and Bulldozers Slaves and Bulldozers Cover Art

Metallica: what I've felt never shined through what I've shown
Soundgarden: everything I've shown is what I feel

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

Best singing performance by cornell eve

Hands down, works for I...

14 Live to Rise Live to Rise Cover Art

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!

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.

15 Beyond the Wheel Beyond the Wheel Cover Art

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!

You've got to hear this live in person.. Stunning!

16 Room a Thousand Years Wide Room a Thousand Years Wide Cover Art

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

Pure Soundgarden

This riff...

17 Black Rain Black Rain Cover Art

It's the complexity and progressive elements that do it for me

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.

18 Hands All Over Hands All Over Cover Art

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

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!

Got to be higher than 29. Surely!

19 Zero Chance Zero Chance Cover Art

The best ballad of 90's.

Best song

20 Superunknown Superunknown Cover Art

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.


21 Head Down Head Down Cover Art

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

Why the hell is not in the top 10?

This song is my favorite too

This song is stupidly low

22 Let Me Drown Let Me Drown Cover Art

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

Yep, one of my favorites

My favourite

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

23 Limo Wreck Limo Wreck Cover Art

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

24 Holy Water Holy Water Cover Art

Crazy riff, singing and tone!

25 My Wave My Wave Cover Art

My Favorite Soundgarden song. The drums, guitars, and the vocals are amazing.

The absolute most underrated song by Soundgarden, it makes me cry to see it at 60, should be in the top 10

Definitely should be in top 5, second best grunge song to black hole sun

Honestly one of my favorite songs ever, let alone by this band.

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