Chris Cornell: 15 Essential Songs

The singer's most memorable moments: Soundgarden's grunge classics, Audioslave's hits and his poetic solo material

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Soundgarden, "Outshined" (1991)

After Soundgarden charted for the first time with 1989's Louder Than Love, Chris Cornell started getting introspective. Where was he and the band going next? That looking inward helped lead him to start writing songs differently for the band's third record. "I've never really been biographical in my lyrics," Cornell said while warming up for a show opening for Guns N' Roses at Madison Square Garden in 1992, "so when I wrote a line like 'I'm looking California and feeling Minnesota' from 'Outshined,' it just felt refreshing." The second single released off of Badmotorfinger would not only become a fan favorite, it would inspire the title to Feeling Minnesota, the 1996 Keanu Reeves drama .

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