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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 06: Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs on stage during the 2014 Lollapalooza Brazil at Autodromo de Interlagos on April 6, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

In death, it’s easy to elevate an entertainer’s talent or importance. (Grief and shock lend itself easily to that.) But in the case of Chris Cornell, even before his shocking death a year ago, he was already considered one of the greatest voices in rock history.

From Soundgarden to Audioslave to his solo work, his vocals never failed to move a room.

He could sing anything.

Literally anything. Genre be damned!

In honor of his life, extraordinary career and remarkable voice, we gathered nine of our favorite Cornell cover songs he either recorded or performed live.

Spoiler: You’ll never hear “Ave Maria” the same way ever again.


Chris Cornell – Covers Tracklist

“Stay With Me Baby” – Soul standard originally sung by Lorraine Ellison
“Redemption Song” – Classic from Bob Marley
“I Will Always Love You” – Originally performed by Dolly Parton, popularized by Whitney Houston
“One” – A hybrid of U2/Metallica tracks
“Nothing Compares 2 U” – Originally sung by Prince, popularized by Sinead O’Connor
“Billie Jean” – Classic from Michael Jackson
“A Day In The Life” – Classic from The Beatles
“Long As I Can See The Light” – Classic from Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Ave Maria” – Standard often used in Catholic services

Chris Cornell Covers - YouTube

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger.  Her favorite Soundgarden song is “Outshined,” and her favorite Chris Cornell “scream” can be found on Audioslave’s “Cochise.”

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