Soundgarden, "Pretty Noose" (1996)
The lead single from Soundgarden's 1996 album Down on the Upside, "Pretty Noose" announces itself with a menacing haze of detuned psychedelia. Guitarist Kim Thayil's vaguely exotic wah-wah riffs at the top set the stage for Cornell's feel-bad, impressionistic lyrics. He's describing a situation that's truly at odds with one's needs: "Pretty noose is pretty hate." In a 1996 interview with MTV, Cornell explained that he wrote the song about an "attractively packaged bad idea ... something that seems great at first and then comes back to bite you."