Chris Cornell performs at The Ryman Auditorium on October 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Chris Cornell would’ve celebrated his 53rd birthday today (July 20), and frankly, it still feels weird to refer to the singer in the past tense.

For a singer that was so present, it’s still difficult to come to grips with the fact that a vocal force that powerful is gone.

Considering his talent, influence and the sudden nature of his passing, it’s no surprise that so many paid tribute to the gifted singer/songwriter.  In honor of his birthday, here is a selection of some of our favorite tributes.

Ann Wilson – “Black Hole Sun”

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The Pretty Reckless – “Like A Stone”


Living Colour – “Blow Up The Outside World”



Stone Sour – “Outshined”


Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Seasons”



Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights