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 64 296
Songbook Songbook Chris Cornell Released 2011 14 103
Scream Scream Chris Cornell Released March 10, 2009 14 104
Carry On Carry On Chris Cornell Released 2007 18 117
Euphoria Morning Euphoria Morning Chris Cornell Released September 21, 1999 13 87

Chris Cornell Lyricsby Popularity

1 Been Away Too Long by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 1493 2 Seasons Chris Cornell 926 3 One Chris Cornell 718 4 Stargazer (Live at the Paramount Theatre) by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 708 5 You Know My Name Chris Cornell 629 6 Show Me How To Live by Audioslave Chris Cornell 544 7 Thank You Chris Cornell 509 8 Hunger Strike by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 409 9 A Day In The Life Chris Cornell 337 10 Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun) by M.A.C.C. Chris Cornell 320 11 Shape Of Things To Come by Audioslave Chris Cornell 297 12 Say Hello 2 Heaven by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 291 13 The Promise Chris Cornell 288 14 Nothing Compares 2 U Chris Cornell 259 15 Burden in My Hand by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 248 16 Like a Stone by Audioslave Chris Cornell 247 17 Lies by Gabin Chris Cornell 226 18 Rusty Cage by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 205 19 Live to Rise by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 204 20 Reach Down by Temple of the Dog Chris Cornell 195 21 Redemption Song Chris Cornell 192 22 Jesus Christ Pose by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 191 23 Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 187 24 Cochise by Audioslave Chris Cornell 180 25 Be Yourself by Audioslave Chris Cornell 179 26 Scar On The Sky Chris Cornell 179 27 I Am the Highway by Audioslave Chris Cornell 174 28 Outshined by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 172 29 Part Of Me Chris Cornell 170 30 Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart Chris Cornell 170 31 Take Me Alive (Ft. Justin Timberlake) Chris Cornell 169 32 Ave Maria (Ft. Eleven) Chris Cornell 167 33 Scream Chris Cornell 164 34 Black Hole Sun Chris Cornell 163 35 Wide Awake Chris Cornell 161 36 Flower by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 160 37 Promise by Slash (Ft. Chris Cornell) Chris Cornell 160 38 Doesn't Remind Me by Audioslave Chris Cornell 156 39 Revelations by Audioslave Chris Cornell 154 40 Wide Awake Chris Cornell 154 41 Steel Rain Chris Cornell 152 42 Billie Jean Chris Cornell 152 43 Call Me A Dog Chris Cornell 151 44 Stay With Me Baby Chris Cornell 151 45 Nothing To Say by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 151 46 Wild World - Yusuf's Cafe / Live by Yusuf Chris Cornell 150 47 Spoonman by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 148 48 Josephine Chris Cornell 146 49 Scar On The Sky Chris Cornell 146 50 You Know My Name Chris Cornell 146 51 Kingdom Of Come by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 145 52 Mind Riot by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 144 53 Til The Sun Comes Back Around Chris Cornell 143 54 The Keeper Chris Cornell 142 55 All Night Thing Chris Cornell 142 56 Storm by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 141 57 Hands All Over by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 139 58 Our Time In the Universe Chris Cornell 139 59 Sweet Euphoria Chris Cornell 137 60 Ground Zero Chris Cornell 137 61 Long Gone Chris Cornell 137 62 Hunted Down by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 135 63 Before We Disappear Chris Cornell 135 64 Imagine Chris Cornell 134 65 Dusty by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 131 66 When Bad Does Good Chris Cornell 131 67 Higher Truth Chris Cornell 131 68 Wave Goodbye Chris Cornell 130 69 Can't Change Me Chris Cornell 129 70 Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart Chris Cornell 129 71 Sweet Euphoria Chris Cornell 128 72 Long Gone Chris Cornell 126 73 Only These Words Chris Cornell 126 74 Dead Wishes Chris Cornell 125 75 Ground Zero Chris Cornell 125 76 All Your Lies by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 123 77 Into the Void (Sealth) by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 123 78 Circling Chris Cornell 122 79 Whole Lotta Love by Santana (Ft. Chris Cornell) Chris Cornell 120 80 Never Far Away Chris Cornell 120 81 Loud Love by Soundgarden Chris Cornell 117 82 Scream Chris Cornell 117 83 Get Up Chris Cornell 116 84 Let Your Eyes Wander Chris Cornell 113 85 Misery Chain (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 111 86 Silence The Voices Chris Cornell 111 87 Call Me A Dog Chris Cornell 110 88 Call Me A Dog Chris Cornell 110 89 Moonchild Chris Cornell 109 90 Like A Stone Chris Cornell 107 91 Poison Eye Chris Cornell 107 92 Preaching The End Of The World Chris Cornell 106 93 Through the Window Chris Cornell 106 94 Cleaning My Gun Chris Cornell 106 95 Sunshower (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 105 96 Time Chris Cornell 103 97 Killing Birds Chris Cornell 103 98 Billie Jean Chris Cornell 103 99 Other Side Of Town Chris Cornell 101 100 As Hope and Promise Fade Chris Cornell 100 101 Roads We Choose Chris Cornell 100 102 Bend In the Road (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 99 103 Safe And Sound Chris Cornell 99 104 Mission Chris Cornell 97 105 Pillow Of Your Bones Chris Cornell 96 106 Your Soul Today Chris Cornell 96 107 Only These Words Chris Cornell 94 108 No Such Thing Chris Cornell 93 109 Arms Around Your Love Chris Cornell 92 110 Finally Forever Chris Cornell 92 111 Worried Moon Chris Cornell 91 112 Ghosts Chris Cornell 91 113 Today Chris Cornell 91 114 Thank You Chris Cornell 91 115 She'll Never Be Your Man Chris Cornell 90 116 Can't Change Me Chris Cornell 89 117 Imagine Chris Cornell 89 118 Disappearing One Chris Cornell 88 119 Our Time In the Universe (Remix) (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 87 120 Misery Chain (Bonus Track) Chris Cornell 82