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While Soundgarden never escaped the grunge tag they were saddled with in the ‘90s, they at least transcended it in part by being one of the genre’s most adventurous groups. They formed in Seattle in the late ‘80s with a steady influence of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin riding their grooves. With Chris Cornell’s banshee wail guiding a sludgy mix of music inspired as much by classic rock as punk, Soundgarden began making waves with their 1991 album, ‘Badmotorfinger,’ which helped usher in alternative rock’s loud, guitar-based sound (along with fellow Seattle residents Nirvana and Pearl Jam). But it was 1994’s ‘Superunknown,’ their only No. 1 album, that catapulted them to success with its super-ambitious mix of hard-rock crunch lined with psychedelic shadings. They broke up after 1996’s ‘Down on the Upside,’ reuniting in 2012 with a new album and tour.

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Watch Guns N’ Roses Cover Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ – ‘This One’s For You Chris’

Guns N' Roses performed a cover of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" during their May 27th concert in Slane, Ireland.

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Heart’s Nancy Wilson Remembers Chris Cornell: Exclusive Interview

Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson have long been intertwined with the Pacific Northwest music scene.

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How Soundgarden Inspired Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’

One of Metallica‘s most famous riffs might never have been heard if not for Soundgarden.

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Watch Aerosmith Dedicate ‘Dream On’ to Chris Cornell

The members of Aerosmith led the crowd in a moment of silence for Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell during their May 20 show at the Black Sea Arena in Batumi, Georgia.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Chris Cornell’s Police Report Reveals Full Timeline for Singer’s Death

A police report from the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell provides some details about the last 90 minutes or so of his life.

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Watch Megadeth Pay Tribute to Chris Cornell With Live Cover of ‘Outshined’

As the tragic news of Chris Cornell's death continues to sink in, musicians near and far are paying tribute in their own way.

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Chris Cornell’s Cause of Death Confirmed as Suicide by Hanging

A medical examiner has confirmed that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging last night after a show in Detroit.

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Soundgarden Albums Ranked Worst to Best

Soundgarden were part of the Seattle music scene before that was something to be proud of.

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Chris Cornell Dies: Rockers React

The sudden, shocking death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has prompted a wave of social media tributes from his peers in the rock community.

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Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell Dead at 52

Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell has suffered what is being described as a "sudden and unexpected" death at the age of 52.

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