Top Ten Reasons Why Soundgarden Was the Greatest Grunge Band

The Top Ten

Chris Cornell's vocals

I think Chris Cornell has amazing vocals, but my sister things he sounds like a wannabe Christian pop singer. At the same time though, she says that about everyone that me and my dad thing is a good singer and half of the music she listens to doesn't even use real singers it uses the vocaloid robot things.

I think Chris Cornell is one of the best songwriters, guitar players, and singers ever not only because his huge solo career, but also with soundgarden, audioslave, and temple of the dog, but also his deep soothing voice and amazing words

Chris Cornell's vocal abilities outshine (no pun intended) other vocalists during the 90s. He hit some amazing high notes in some of the songs (same ones mentioned above in fact). - NuMetalManiak

Best thing to happen to rock since Ian Gillan. Totally irritating to a Poison fan and God bless them for that!

Their sound was more metal in comparison to other grunge bands.

What about the Melvins they're heavier than both Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. - Soulstealer

My favorite grunge band is Alice In Chains, and trust me they also have metal in their music. Even more than Soundgarden in some ways. Songs like " Man In The Box", " We Die Young", " Them Bones", Dam that River", Grind", " Junkhead" just to name some that sound like metal. Hell in the big 4 of grunge bands ( Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains) AIC is the most metal sounding. - RustyNail

Actually Alice In Chains Was More Metal Than Soundgarden Even Though I Hear Some Of Metal In Their Music,However I Think Soundgarden Was More Hard Rock Than Metal. - FettiMC

Albums like Badmotorfinger and Ultramega OK show some of the most metal-sounding songs ever, like Slaves and Bulldozers, Jesus Christ Pose, and Beyond the Wheel. - NuMetalManiak

They were one of two pioneers of the grunge genre.

Soundgarden was one of the earliest two grunge bands, the other was the short-lived Green River. - NuMetalManiak

The band experimented with different time signatures.
Black Hole Sun and Spoonman both won Grammys.

So Many Amazing Artists Never Got Grammys To The Fact That They Really Don't Mean Anything. - FettiMC

Awards Are Nothing! The Who, Led Zeppelin, AND Queen Never One Any Grammys! - BeatlesFan1964

Soundgarden broadened their musical horizon to psychadelic while still sounding fresh.

Evident most in the "Down on the Upside" album. - NuMetalManiak

Guys, just listen to Applebite. Do it. Now.

I love them

Kurt Cobain himself was a fan of Soundgarden's early work.

If he heard superunknown or down on the upside he would really enjoy those too even though badmotorfinger is my favorite

The lyrical content of Soundgarden songs is very diverse.
Their songs were more complex in comparison to other grunge bands.

This reason should be at least in the top 3. - Gruunge

Their collection of rarities and B-sides are actually worth listening to.

The Contenders

The album Louder than Love was a step into the metal mainstream.

Uhh, was it? Thought that was Badmotorfinger - NuMetalManiak

The transition from the guitar to Chris Cornell's voice in the beginning is so stellar - LizardKing99

Their songs were technically more demanding in comparison to other grunge bands.
They survived past the 1995 mark and the media’s focus on post grunge acts.
They did not change their sound enough to alienate their original audience
They reunited.
Their use of countermelodies.
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