Another rock legend has left us. Chris Cornell, one of the best voices in rock music, passed away Wednesday night in Detroit while out on tour with Soundgarden. Cornell was one of the premier figures in the 90’s grunge movement out of Seattle. Soundgarden debuted in 1988 but became a phenomenon in 1994 with the release of Superunknown and their massive single, Black Hole Sun. Growing up in the early 90s, there was a time where you couldn’t turn on MTV or The Box without catching a Soundgarden video. Cornell had also released an album as part of Temple Of The Dog, a side project featuring members from Pearl Jam and Mother Love Bone.
After Soundgarden’s breakup, Cornell released a handful of solo releases and once again had massive success when he teamed up with ex-members of Rage Against The Machine to form Audioslave. Cornell’s wide range in vocals also led to work in a ton of soundtracks through out the years which included 12 Years A Slave, Great Expectations, Mission Impossible 2. But his biggest cinematic accomplishment was You Know My Name, the theme song to the James Bond film Casino Royale. Cornell became the first American to ever sing the theme song to a James Bond movie, and it also earned him multiple awards and nominations.
In despite of the awful news of his passing, we celebrate the great music Chris Cornell left behind. We’ve put together 30 tracks featuring his solo work, Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog so you too can pay tribute to a rock legend.