Chris Cornell About

Christopher John Boyle, best known as Chris Cornell, was an American rock musician from Seattle.

Originally finding success as the frontman of Soundgarden, he forged a successful career after the band’s 1997 demise, both with the supergroup Audioslave and as a diverse solo artist.

Born on July 20, 1964, his music career didn’t take shape until he was a teenager, when he began playing drums in a local cover band. Although he spent most of his teenage years as a loner, rock music helped Cornell overcome his uneasiness around others. After dropping out of high school and working as a cook, Cornell laid the foundation for what would become the influential grunge band Soundgarden by the mid-‘80s. Cornell assumed vocal duties for the group, with friend Hiro Yamamoto on bass, Kim Thayil on guitar, and eventually Matt Cameron on drums.

Along with Melvins, Soundgarden was one of the first rock bands to slow down punk’s youthful energy to a Black Sabbath-like crawl. Following the release of several recordings on various independent labels, Soundgarden also became one of the first bands of the Seattle underground to sign with a major label, A&M, which issued Louder Than Love in 1989. After the album’s release, however, Yamamoto left and was first replaced by ex-Nirvana member Jason Everman, who was later ousted by Ben Shepherd. With Soundgarden’s quintessential lineup in place, the group became one of rock’s most popular bands on the strength of such albums as 1991’s Badmotorfinger, 1994’s Superunknown, and 1996’s Down on the Upside. With each album, Cornell’s singing grew stronger as he demonstrated a growing mastery of his multi-octave range.

From the start, however, Cornell’s talents weren’t limited to his work with Soundgarden. He organized a tribute for late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood in the form of 1990’s Temple of the Dog project, which featured a stripped-down sound and yielded the moderate hit “Hunger Strike.” Cornell’s first officially released solo composition, the acoustic “Seasons,” was the highlight of the 1992 motion picture soundtrack Singles. His bluesy voice also helmed a superb cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” on the 1993 Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix compilation (under the pseudonym M.A.C.C.). Meanwhile, he found time to pen songs for other acts (including Flotsam & Jetsam and Alice Cooper) while also producing the Screaming Trees' 1991 release, Uncle Anesthesia. After Soundgarden’s demise in April 1997, Cornell slowly but surely began to assemble a solo album with his friends from the band Eleven.

Issued in 1999, Euphoria Morning was a departure from his former band’s sound, emphasizing Cornell’s vocals and lyrics rather than meaty guitar riffs. Shortly after its release, Cornell launched his first solo tour, mixing songs from all eras of his career. After the tour’s conclusion in early 2000, a tepid remix of the Euphoria Morning track “Mission” (retitled “Mission 2000”) was included on the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack. It appeared as though Cornell would take a break from music for a while, as his wife gave birth to the couple’s first child in June of the same year, but by late 2000, Cornell found himself involved in a project that promised to be a classic hard rock collaboration.

Rage Against the Machine had decided not to break up after longtime vocalist Zack de la Rocha left the band, opting instead to find another singer and carry on under a different name. Cornell accepted an invitation to jam and pen a few songs (which former Rage guitarist Tom Morello described as “really groundbreaking”) and, shortly thereafter, officially joined forces with the former Rage members under the moniker Audioslave. Produced by Rick Rubin, the band’s self-titled debut arrived in November 2002 and went multi-platinum. The follow-up effort, 2005’s Out of Exile, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and was followed by the platinum-selling Revelations in 2006. Despite such success, Cornell left the band that same year, citing the usual “irreconcilable differences” for his departure.

Chris Cornell left Audioslave in 2007 and released his second solo effort, Carry On, later that year. In 2008, he won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture for “You Know My Name” from Casino Royale.

Cornell returned to his solo career with 2007’s Carry On. Although the album was largely biographical, it also featured a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” (a rendition made famous one year later by American Idol contender David Cook) and a song from the James Bond movie Casino Royale. Two new singles, “Ground Zero” and “Watch Out,” were offered as digital downloads one year later, featuring a newfound emphasis on electronics and studio trickery. The tracks had been recorded with producer Timbaland, with whom Cornell partnered for the creation of his third solo album. Stocked with drum machines and R&B melodies, Scream arrived in March 2009, heralded by Timbaland as “the best work I’ve done in my career” but received poorly by several critics. The following year, Soundgarden joined the many popular ‘90s alternative bands who reunited in the 2000s and 2010s, headlining that year’s Lollapalooza festival and releasing the retrospectives Telephantasm and Live on I-5, which documented the group’s 1996 tour, as well as recording new songs. The following spring, however, Cornell returned to his solo career with the solo acoustic Songbook tour, from which came two EPs and the Songbook album, all of which were released in 2011. That September, Cornell contributed a song to the Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack. King Animal, Soundgarden’s first album since 1996, was released in 2012.

Suffering for years from depression, social phobias, and drug and alcohol abuse, Cornell checked himself into rehab in 2000 and has been sober since. He and his ex-wife, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden manager Susan Silver, have a daughter, Lillian Jean. He married publicist Vicky Karayiannis in 2003; they have two children.

On May 17, 2017, Cornell was found dead with a band around his neck in a hotel room in Detroit after performing at a show with Soundgarden. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging.

Chris Cornell Albums

Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Released November 16, 2018 64 437
Songbook Songbook Chris Cornell Released 2011 14 153
Scream Scream Chris Cornell Released March 10, 2009 14 151
Carry On Carry On Chris Cornell Released 2007 18 170
Euphoria Morning Euphoria Morning Chris Cornell Released September 21, 1999 13 138

Chris Cornell Lyricsby Popularity

1 Been Away Too Long by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 1614 2 Seasons Chris Cornell 1043 3 One Chris Cornell 897 4 Stargazer (Live at the Paramount Theatre) by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 839 5 Show Me How To Live by Audioslave Chris Cornell 761 6 You Know My Name Chris Cornell 705 7 Thank You Chris Cornell 580 8 Hunger Strike by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 483 9 Nothing Compares 2 U Chris Cornell 411 10 A Day In The Life Chris Cornell 409 11 The Promise Chris Cornell 391 12 Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun) by M.A.C.C. Chris Cornell 378 13 Shape Of Things To Come by Audioslave Chris Cornell 371 14 Say Hello 2 Heaven by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 365 15 Like a Stone by Audioslave Chris Cornell 331 16 Burden in My Hand by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 328 17 Rusty Cage by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 302 18 Cochise by Audioslave Chris Cornell 295 19 Live to Rise by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 275 20 Lies by Gabin Chris Cornell 273 21 Jesus Christ Pose by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 263 22 I Am the Highway by Audioslave Chris Cornell 262 23 Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 260 24 Be Yourself by Audioslave Chris Cornell 257 25 Redemption Song Chris Cornell 257 26 Part Of Me Chris Cornell 253 27 Reach Down by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 249 28 Scar On The Sky Chris Cornell 233 29 Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart Chris Cornell 232 30 Storm by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 231 31 Wide Awake Chris Cornell 230 32 Revelations by Audioslave Chris Cornell 223 33 Scream Chris Cornell 223 34 Outshined by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 222 35 Ave Maria (Ft. Eleven) Chris Cornell 215 36 Flower by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 214 37 Doesn't Remind Me by Audioslave Chris Cornell 213 38 Take Me Alive (Ft. Justin Timberlake) Chris Cornell 213 39 Billie Jean Chris Cornell 210 40 Stay With Me Baby Chris Cornell 210 41 Black Hole Sun Chris Cornell 210 42 Promise by Slash (Ft. Chris Cornell) Chris Cornell 207 43 The Keeper Chris Cornell 207 44 Til The Sun Comes Back Around Chris Cornell 204 45 Wide Awake Chris Cornell 203 46 Wild World - Yusuf's Cafe / Live by Yusuf Chris Cornell 202 47 Spoonman by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 201 48 Call Me A Dog Chris Cornell 201 49 Nothing To Say by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 200 50 Josephine Chris Cornell 200 51 Mind Riot by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 199 52 Steel Rain Chris Cornell 198 53 Before We Disappear Chris Cornell 195 54 Kingdom Of Come by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 194 55 Ground Zero Chris Cornell 194 56 Hands All Over by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 189 57 All Night Thing Chris Cornell 188 58 Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart Chris Cornell 188 59 Long Gone Chris Cornell 187 60 You Know My Name Chris Cornell 187 61 When Bad Does Good Chris Cornell 185 62 Scar On The Sky Chris Cornell 184 63 All Your Lies by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 183 64 Sweet Euphoria Chris Cornell 183 65 Our Time In the Universe Chris Cornell 183 66 Imagine Chris Cornell 181 67 Hunted Down by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 179 68 Into the Void (Sealth) by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 179 69 Dusty by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 177 70 Higher Truth Chris Cornell 175 71 Long Gone Chris Cornell 175 72 Wave Goodbye Chris Cornell 172 73 Can't Change Me Chris Cornell 172 74 Only These Words Chris Cornell 172 75 Circling Chris Cornell 172 76 Sweet Euphoria Chris Cornell 171 77 Let Your Eyes Wander Chris Cornell 171 78 Ground Zero Chris Cornell 171 79 Dead Wishes Chris Cornell 166 80 Never Far Away Chris Cornell 166 81 Whole Lotta Love by Santana (Ft. Chris Cornell) Chris Cornell 164 82 Sunshower (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 163 83 Loud Love by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 162 84 Scream Chris Cornell 162 85 Misery Chain (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 157 86 Preaching The End Of The World Chris Cornell 156 87 Call Me A Dog Chris Cornell 156 88 Through the Window Chris Cornell 155 89 Get Up Chris Cornell 152 90 Poison Eye Chris Cornell 152 91 Silence The Voices Chris Cornell 152 92 Moonchild Chris Cornell 151 93 Time Chris Cornell 151 94 Billie Jean Chris Cornell 149 95 Like A Stone Chris Cornell 147 96 Arms Around Your Love Chris Cornell 147 97 Call Me A Dog Chris Cornell 146 98 Killing Birds Chris Cornell 146 99 Safe And Sound Chris Cornell 144 100 Cleaning My Gun Chris Cornell 143 101 Roads We Choose Chris Cornell 142 102 Bend In the Road (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 140 103 As Hope and Promise Fade Chris Cornell 138 104 She'll Never Be Your Man Chris Cornell 138 105 Mission Chris Cornell 137 106 Only These Words Chris Cornell 137 107 Other Side Of Town Chris Cornell 137 108 Your Soul Today Chris Cornell 136 109 Pillow Of Your Bones Chris Cornell 135 110 No Such Thing Chris Cornell 135 111 Today Chris Cornell 135 112 Ghosts Chris Cornell 134 113 Finally Forever Chris Cornell 134 114 Worried Moon Chris Cornell 133 115 Thank You Chris Cornell 132 116 Our Time In the Universe (Remix) (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 130 117 Disappearing One Chris Cornell 129 118 Misery Chain (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 127 119 Imagine Chris Cornell 127 120 Can't Change Me Chris Cornell 123