Chris Cornell's finest moments

Chris Cornell has left behind a stellar discography as the lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple Of The Dog and as a solo artist.
Chris Cornell has left behind a stellar discography as the lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple Of The Dog and as a solo artist. PHOTO: EPA

American singer Chris Cornell, who died aged 52, had an impressive vocal range with few peers in the world of rock music and wrote some of grunge's most distinctive classics.

He is best known as the frontman of grunge icons Soundgarden, but his broad discography also includes solo releases as well as stints in rock supergroup Audioslave and grunge band Temple Of The Dog.

Listen to wide range of his voice in his five most significant tunes:

1. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun

Arguably one of Soundgarden's most famous songs, this dark ballad that Cornell said he wrote "in 15 minutes" is taken off the band's 1994 album Superunknown. The song has been extensively covered, and a piano version appears in last year's HBO android sci-fi/thriller series Westworld.

2. Soundgarden - Rusty Cage

Cornell's wailing voice and Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil's serpentine guitars mark this song, the opening track of 1991 album Badmotorfinger, a release that broke the band into the mainstream.

Country icon Johnny Cash famously covered this song, which Cornell wrote, in one of his comeback albums, 1996's Unchained.

3. Audioslave - Like A Stone

Audioslave are essentially rap-rock rabble rousers Rage Against The Machine with Cornell as their frontman. They were around from 2001 to 2007 and made their mark with songs such as the melancholic ballad Like A Stone, a staple on classic rock radio.

4. Chris Cornell - You Know My Name

Cornell joins the hallowed list of singers including Louis Armstrong and Shirley Bassey who were tasked with performing James Bond theme songs. He sang and co-wrote this signature tune from 2006's Casino Royale, which fittingly introduced Daniel Craig as the grittier, modern version of the British superspy.

5. Temple Of The Dog - Hunger Strike

Temple Of The Dog are a short-lived band made up of the members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. The pairing of two of grunge's most distinctive voices, Cornell's high wails and Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam's low rumble, was pure aural heaven for fans. This song, written by Cornell, is the first single off the group's eponymous and only album, released in 1991.