Remembering Chris Cornell — 10 of his greatest all-time songs
Most listeners know me as Bill Spadea's producer but I also have the pleasure of being a DJ and host of my own show, "The Saturday Night Slaughterhouse," on our sister station, 105,7 The Hawk. When I'm playing music and I think of some of my favorite musicians on the show, one of the voices I love hearing more than most, is the unmistakable vocals of Chris Cornell. From Soundgarden to Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, or his solo career, Cornell had one of the most definitive voices in the entire rock world. His vocals were nothing short of legendary.
When I heard of Cornell's passing at age 52, I was completely shocked and instantly went numb because one of my favorite lead vocalists of all time, was just instantly gone. This is just a complete tragedy and early on, has hit me the way some may have been devastated by the passing of Prince or Kurt Cobain. Chris Cornell was one of the ultimate frontmen in rock and roll for me. Cornell had it all, the voice, the look, and an strong stage presence.
You can't have a conversation about the birth of grunge music without Cornell and Soundgarden being a major part of that discussion. While I was happy that Pearl Jam was recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with an induction in 2017, I thought Soundgarden should have been on stage right along with them, because they were equally important to the change over in music during the early 90's.
While Cornell may have been from Seattle, his persona and his music touched those here in New Jersey, Here are some NJ celebrity reactions to the passing of Chris Cornell:
Our very own news reporter Erin Vogt:
Over the years, Cornell broadened his scope through different projects. Whether it was working with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam on Temple of the Dog, joining up with Tom Morello and members of Rage Against the Machine for Audioslave or just doing his own solo projects, Cornell was always on the top of his game and made his mark on those projects like no other. Cornell could cover songs from other artists and put such an amazing spin on them, it felt like you were listening to them like they were an original. Perfect example of that is Cornell's rendition of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U." Cornell's version of it is nothing short of outstanding.
The rock world lost one of the greats today, and quite possibly one of its most underrated vocalists of our time. To commemorate Chris Cornell's passing, here are my top 10 favorite songs that Cornell delivered to us over the years.