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It's really amazing to look back over his discography of singles over the last few decades, and try and pick the quintessential Cornell sample, as a tribute song. That's what I planned to do here, in response. Billie Jean was an excellent choice btw.
I'm genuinely at a loss. Not only did he have arguably the best voice in rock ever, but his songs were about something. That's an exceedingly rare combination. The lyrics he sang were at the same time unnerving to listen to, and uplifting. He also produced greatness no matter what band he was in. Audioslave, Soundarden, Temple of the Dog, or solo.
Like A Stone, Show Me How To Live, Cochise, I Am the Highway, Be Yourself, Doesn't Remind Me, Out of Exile, Black Hole Sun, Spoonman, Fell On Black Days, Rusty Cage, The Day I Tried To Live, Burden In My Hand, Hunger Strike, Before We Disappear...
Take your pick. Was a very big fan of his. Will be missed for sure. One of the few artists I will regret not ever seeing live as well.