Perhaps the first transcendent Soundgarden song, and one of the breakout moments for grunge, “Outshined” is crisp and elegant hard rock, and showcased Mr. Cornell at his most flexible, turning a brute force arrangement into a sort of dirty blues: “I just looked in the mirror/And things aren’t looking so good/I’m looking California and feeling Minnesota.”
On this lovely solo ballad from the soundtrack to the movie “Singles,” Mr. Cornell tempered agony with sweetness, hunger with reticence. “Dreams have never been the answer/And dreams have never made my bed,” he laments.
‘Black Hole Sun’ (1994)
Into every successful hard rock band’s oeuvre, a little balladry must fall. “Black Hole Sun” — oozy, shimmery and in moments unexpectedly bright — imported some psychedelic twists into Soundgarden’s stern muscle. It became the band’s biggest hit, thanks to one of Mr. Cornell’s signature vocal performances, which was arrestingly drowsy, topped off with a few fiercely controlled shrieks.
‘Ty Cobb’ (1996)
Among the most bruising songs in the Soundgarden discography, “Ty Cobb” is a relentless punk attack, featuring Mr. Cornell at his most snarling and reckless.
‘Burden in My Hand’ (1996)
At his best, Mr. Cornell sounded like the loneliest howler, the last man at the end of a dusty road. “Burden in My Hand,” another of Soundgarden’s biggest hits, has elements of country-rock sprinkled throughout. Mr. Cornell sings as if he’s staggering: “Just a burden in my hand/Just an anchor on my heart/Just a tumor in my head.”
‘I Am the Highway’ (2002)
This is among the softer of the singles from the first album Mr. Cornell recorded as the frontman of Audioslave, the band he formed with members of Rage Against the Machine. And yet it is one of Mr. Cornell’s most harrowing vocal performances, full of…