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In death, it’s easy to elevate an entertainer’s talent or importance. But in the case of Chris Cornell, even before his shocking death three years 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.

“Stay With Me Baby” – Soul standard originally sung by Lorraine Ellison

“Redemption Song” – Reggae classic by Bob Marley

Chris Cornell - Redemption Song (High Quality)

Redemption Song Bob Marley Old pirates, yes, they rob I Sold I to the merchant ships Minutes after they took I From the bottomless pit But my hand was made s...


“I Will Always Love You” – Originally performed by Dolly Parton, popularized by Whitney Houston

Chris Cornell covering Whitney Houston's "I will always love you"

Chris Cornell covering Whitney Houston's "I will always love you" at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA on 11/17/13

“One” – A hybrid of U2/Metallica tracks

"One (U2 Music with Metallica Lyrics)" Chris Cornell@Santander Arts Center Reading, PA 11/22/13

One (U2 music with Metallica Lyrics), Chris Cornell, Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, PA; November 22nd, 2013; 2013 Acoustic Tour

“Nothing Compares 2 U” – Originally sung by Prince, popularized by Sinead O’Connor

Chris Cornell - "Nothing Compares 2 U" Prince Cover

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“Billie Jean” – Classic from Michael Jackson

Chris Cornell - Billie Jean

follow my IG On his "unplugged" live performance, Chris Cornell (Audioslave/Soundgarden) made a great version of a very ...

“A Day In The Life” – Classic from The Beatles

Chris Cornell * A Day In The Life (Beatles Cover) Live HD

Chris Cornell introduce Cover "A Day In The Life" No poseo copyright de contenido y esta sujeto a las leyes correspondientes

“Long As I Can See The Light” – Classic from Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Ave Maria” – Standard often used in Catholic services

Ave maria - Chris Cornell 1997

Recorded for the album: 'A very special Christmas Vol. 3' in 1997 with the Band Eleven (whom later worked with him for his 1st solo album)


Remembering Chris Cornell

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