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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Chris Cornell, "Seasons" (1992)

Cornell's moving, understated solo contribution to the Singles soundtrack grew out of a piece of fiction: a solo cassette made by Matt Dillon's Cliff Poncier after parting with his band, Citizen Dick. Cornell took it upon himself to actually write songs for the tape, one of which was this reflective folk ballad. "Holy shit, this is Chris Cornell, as Cliff Poncier, recording all of these songs, with lyrics, and total creative vision, and he has recorded the entire fake, solo cassette," director Cameron Crowe recalled of first hearing the EP that would come to be known simply as Poncier. "And it's fantastic. And 'Seasons' comes on. And you just can't help but go, 'Wow.' This is a guy who we've only known in Soundgarden. And of course he's incredibly creative, but who's heard him like this?"

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