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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Temple of the Dog, "Hunger Strike" (1991)

Temple of the Dog songs "Hunger Strike" and "Wooden Jesus" were written by Cornell for Soundgarden well before Andrew Wood's passing, but, according to the singer, they didn't exactly sound right for a Soundgarden album. "'Hunger Strike' came about because of an existential crisis that Soundgarden faced at that moment," he told Rolling Stone last year before the group's reunion tour. "[It] is a statement that I'm staying true to what I'm doing regardless of what comes of it, but I will never change what I'm doing for the purposes of success or money." The song is a duet between Cornell and Eddie Vedder, a new voice in the scene who had traveled to Seattle to audition for Mookie Blaylock, the band who would soon be known as Pearl Jam. After Pearl Jam also reached international acclaim, the song was re-promoted and became a massive rock hit in 1992.

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