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 64 484
Songbook Songbook Chris Cornell Released 2011 14 174
Scream Scream Chris Cornell Released March 10, 2009 14 172
Carry On Carry On Chris Cornell Released 2007 18 193
Euphoria Morning Euphoria Morning Chris Cornell Released September 21, 1999 13 159

Chris Cornell Lyricsby Popularity

1 Been Away Too Long by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 1647 2 Seasons Chris Cornell 1091 3 One Chris Cornell 1004 4 Stargazer (Live at the Paramount Theatre) by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 881 5 Show Me How To Live by Audioslave Chris Cornell 856 6 You Know My Name Chris Cornell 752 7 Thank You Chris Cornell 609 8 Hunger Strike by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 515 9 Nothing Compares 2 U Chris Cornell 488 10 A Day In The Life Chris Cornell 437 11 The Promise Chris Cornell 421 12 Shape Of Things To Come by Audioslave Chris Cornell 418 13 Say Hello 2 Heaven by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 407 14 Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun) by M.A.C.C. Chris Cornell 401 15 Like a Stone by Audioslave Chris Cornell 369 16 Burden in My Hand by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 366 17 Rusty Cage by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 348 18 Cochise by Audioslave Chris Cornell 345 19 Live to Rise by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 314 20 I Am the Highway by Audioslave Chris Cornell 298 21 Lies by Gabin Chris Cornell 294 22 Be Yourself by Audioslave Chris Cornell 292 23 Jesus Christ Pose by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 292 24 Redemption Song Chris Cornell 289 25 Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 284 26 Part Of Me Chris Cornell 280 27 Storm by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 270 28 Reach Down by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 270 29 Wide Awake Chris Cornell 258 30 Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart Chris Cornell 257 31 Scar On The Sky Chris Cornell 254 32 Outshined by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 247 33 Revelations by Audioslave Chris Cornell 243 34 Scream Chris Cornell 243 35 Ave Maria (Ft. Eleven) Chris Cornell 238 36 Flower by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 235 37 Doesn't Remind Me by Audioslave Chris Cornell 235 38 Billie Jean Chris Cornell 233 39 Black Hole Sun Chris Cornell 231 40 Stay With Me Baby Chris Cornell 230 41 Take Me Alive (Ft. Justin Timberlake) Chris Cornell 230 42 The Keeper Chris Cornell 229 43 Til The Sun Comes Back Around Chris Cornell 228 44 Call Me A Dog Chris Cornell 226 45 Mind Riot by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 226 46 Promise by Slash (Ft. Chris Cornell) Chris Cornell 225 47 Spoonman by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 223 48 Wild World - Yusuf's Cafe / Live by Yusuf Chris Cornell 223 49 Nothing To Say by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 220 50 Wide Awake Chris Cornell 219 51 Kingdom Of Come by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 218 52 Josephine Chris Cornell 218 53 Long Gone Chris Cornell 217 54 Steel Rain Chris Cornell 215 55 Ground Zero Chris Cornell 215 56 Before We Disappear Chris Cornell 214 57 Hands All Over by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 212 58 Sweet Euphoria Chris Cornell 212 59 All Your Lies by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 210 60 Into the Void (Sealth) by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 208 61 All Night Thing Chris Cornell 207 62 Our Time In the Universe Chris Cornell 206 63 Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart Chris Cornell 205 64 When Bad Does Good Chris Cornell 204 65 Scar On The Sky Chris Cornell 203 66 You Know My Name Chris Cornell 203 67 Dusty by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 202 68 Hunted Down by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 201 69 Imagine Chris Cornell 201 70 Long Gone Chris Cornell 201 71 Can't Change Me Chris Cornell 194 72 Wave Goodbye Chris Cornell 193 73 Only These Words Chris Cornell 193 74 Higher Truth Chris Cornell 193 75 Whole Lotta Love by Santana (Ft. Chris Cornell) Chris Cornell 192 76 Let Your Eyes Wander Chris Cornell 191 77 Sweet Euphoria Chris Cornell 189 78 Circling Chris Cornell 187 79 Ground Zero Chris Cornell 187 80 Dead Wishes Chris Cornell 186 81 Sunshower (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 185 82 Never Far Away Chris Cornell 184 83 Scream Chris Cornell 183 84 Loud Love by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 182 85 Through the Window Chris Cornell 177 86 Misery Chain (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 176 87 Preaching The End Of The World Chris Cornell 175 88 Poison Eye Chris Cornell 171 89 Moonchild Chris Cornell 170 90 Time Chris Cornell 170 91 Get Up Chris Cornell 170 92 Silence The Voices Chris Cornell 170 93 Call Me A Dog Chris Cornell 168 94 Arms Around Your Love Chris Cornell 167 95 Billie Jean Chris Cornell 166 96 Call Me A Dog Chris Cornell 163 97 Like A Stone Chris Cornell 163 98 She'll Never Be Your Man Chris Cornell 161 99 Cleaning My Gun Chris Cornell 160 100 Roads We Choose Chris Cornell 160 101 As Hope and Promise Fade Chris Cornell 159 102 Safe And Sound Chris Cornell 159 103 Killing Birds Chris Cornell 159 104 Bend In the Road (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 158 105 Today Chris Cornell 156 106 Pillow Of Your Bones Chris Cornell 152 107 Other Side Of Town Chris Cornell 152 108 Only These Words Chris Cornell 151 109 Your Soul Today Chris Cornell 151 110 Mission Chris Cornell 150 111 Worried Moon Chris Cornell 150 112 Finally Forever Chris Cornell 150 113 Our Time In the Universe (Remix) (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 149 114 Ghosts Chris Cornell 149 115 Thank You Chris Cornell 149 116 No Such Thing Chris Cornell 148 117 Misery Chain (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 147 118 Disappearing One Chris Cornell 145 119 Imagine Chris Cornell 145 120 Can't Change Me Chris Cornell 140