Soundgarden discography

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Soundgarden discography
Cornell in 2007
Cornell in 2007
Releases
Studio albums 5
Compilation albums 2
Extended plays 5
Singles 18
Video albums 2
Music videos 16
References and footnotes

The discography of Soundgarden, a Seattle, Washington-based alternative rock band, consists of five studio albums, two compilation albums, five extended plays (EP), and eighteen singles. This list does not include material recorded by Soundgarden band members with Skin Yard, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, Hater, Wellwater Conspiracy, or Audioslave.

Soundgarden was formed in 1984 by vocalist Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. The band signed with the independent label Sub Pop and released the Screaming Life EP in 1987 and the Fopp EP in 1988. In 1988, the band signed with legendary punk record label SST Records and released its debut full-length album Ultramega OK. The band subsequently signed with A&M Records, becoming the first grunge band to sign with a major label. In 1989, the band released its first album for a major label, Louder Than Love.

In 1990, the band was joined by a new bass player, Ben Shepherd. They released Badmotorfinger in 1991. The album brought the band to a new level of commercial success, and Soundgarden found itself amidst the sudden popularity and attention being paid to the Seattle music scene. The band's next album was to be its breakthrough. Superunknown, released in 1994, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and launched several successful singles, including "Spoonman" and "Black Hole Sun". In 1996, the band released its fifth studio album, Down on the Upside; while successful, the album could not emulate the precedent set by Superunknown. In 1997, the band broke up due to internal strife over its creative direction. Soundgarden has sold eight million records in the US,[1] and an estimated twenty million albums worldwide.[2]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[3]
AUS
[4]
AUT
[5]
BEL
[6]
CAN
[7]
GER
[8]
NLD
[9]
NOR
[10]
NZ
[11]
SWE
[12]
UK
[13]
1988 Ultramega OK
1989 Louder Than Love
  • Released: September 5, 1989
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
108
1991 Badmotorfinger
  • Released: October 8, 1991
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
39 50 16 39 US: 2× Platinum[1]
CAN: Platinum[14]
1994 Superunknown
  • Released: March 8, 1994
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
1 1 19 2 13 11 5 1 3 4 US: 5× Platinum[1]
CAN: 3× Platinum[14]
UK: Gold[15]
1996 Down on the Upside
  • Released: May 21, 1996
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
2 1 12 18 4 15 12 6 1 3 7 US: Platinum[1]
CAN: Platinum[14]
AUS: Platinum[16]
"—" denotes albums that did not chart.

Compilations[change | change source]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[3]
AUS
[4]
NZ
[11]
UK
[17]
1990 Screaming Life/Fopp
  • Released: May 11, 1990
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Formats: CD, CS
1997 A-Sides
  • Released: November 4, 1997
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, CS
63 39 6 90
"—" denotes albums that did not chart.

Extended plays[change | change source]

Year Album details
1987 Screaming Life
  • Released: October 1, 1987
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Formats: CS, LP
1988 Fopp
  • Released: August 1, 1988
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Format: LP
1990 Loudest Love
  • Released: October 1990
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD
1992 Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas (SOMMS)
  • Released: June 23, 1992
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD with limited editions of Badmotorfinger
1995 Songs from the Superunknown
  • Released: November 21, 1995
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD

Singles[change | change source]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Main
[18]
US Mod
[18]
AUS
[19]
CAN
[7]
GER
[20]
IRE
[21]
NLD
[22]
NZ
[23]
SWE
[24]
UK
[13]
[25]
1987 "Hunted Down" Screaming Life EP
1989 "Flower" Ultramega OK
"Loud Love" 87 Louder Than Love
1990 "Hands All Over" 82
"Room a Thousand Years Wide" Non-album single
1991 "Jesus Christ Pose" 30 Badmotorfinger
"Outshined" 50
1992 "Rusty Cage" 41
1994 "Spoonman" 3 9 23 12 23 37 10 37 20 Superunknown
"The Day I Tried to Live" 13 25 42
"Black Hole Sun" 1 2 6 5 26 7 25 22 19 12
"My Wave" 11 18 50 66 46
"Fell on Black Days" 4 13 66 14 45 24
1996 "Pretty Noose" 4 2 22 43 18 42 14 Down on the Upside
"Burden in My Hand" 1 2 9 33
"Blow Up the Outside World" 1 8 89 40
1997 "Ty Cobb"
"Rhinosaur"[I] 19
"Bleed Together" 13 32 A-Sides
2010 "Spoonman (Live)" Non album single
"—" denotes singles that did not chart.

Videos[change | change source]

Year Video details US peak
chart position[26]
1990 Louder Than Live
  • Released: May 22, 1990
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: VHS
15
1992 Motorvision
  • Released: November 17, 1992
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: VHS
25

Music videos[change | change source]

Year Title Director
1988 "Flower" Mark Miremont[27]
1989 "Loud Love" Kevin Kerslake[28]
1990 "Hands All Over"
1991 "Jesus Christ Pose" Eric Zimmerman[29]
"Outshined" Matt Mahurin[30]
"Outshined" (Canadian version)
1992 "Rusty Cage" Eric Zimmerman[31]
1994 "Spoonman" Jeffrey Plansker[32]
"The Day I Tried to Live" Matt Mahurin[31]
"Black Hole Sun" Howard Greenhalgh[33]
"My Wave" Henry Shepherd[34]
Doug Pray[31]
"Fell on Black Days" Jake Scott[31]
1996 "Pretty Noose" Frank Kozik[35]
"Pretty Noose" (International version) Henry Shepherd[36]
"Burden in My Hand" Jake Scott[37]
"Blow Up the Outside World" Gerald Casale[38]
2010 "Get On the Snake"

Other appearances[change | change source]

Year Song Title Label
1986

"Heretic"
"Tears to Forget"
"All Your Lies"

Deep Six C/Z
1988

"Sub Pop Rock City"

Sub Pop 200 Sub Pop
1990

"Ugly Truth" (live)

New Music Awards College Media, Inc.

"Fresh Deadly Roses"

Pave the Earth A&M
1992

"Birth Ritual"

Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Epic
1993

"Show Me"

No Alternative Arista

"HIV Baby"

Born to Choose Rykodisc
1994

"New Damage" (with Brian May)

Alternative NRG Hollywood
1995

"Blind Dogs"

The Basketball Diaries: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Island
1996

"Kyle Petty, Son of Richard"

Home Alive: The Art of Self-Defense Epic


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