Chris Cornell: 15 Essential Songs

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

Soundgarden, "Flower" (1989)

On the opening track to Soundgarden's 1990 debut LP Ultramega OK, Cornell's devilish delivery ­– guttural yet knowing, extending vowels like they're made of Play-Doh – is a complement to his withering lyrics, which tell the tale of a young woman whose fast-living lifestyle results in dying young. It's a fitting opening to Ultramega OK, an album where the band leavens its explorations of the world's seedier corners with cutting humor and hairpin-turn-filled heavy rock.