Soundgarden discography

The discography of Soundgarden, an American rock band, consists of six studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums, eight extended plays, 24 singles and 23 music videos.

Soundgarden was formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by vocalist Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. The drummer position was originally filled by Cornell, however in 1986 Matt Cameron became the band's permanent drummer. 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 bassist, Ben Shepherd. The new line-up 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 given 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 12.5 million records in the US, and an estimated 25 worldwide. Cornell announced Soundgarden's reunion on January 1, 2010, The band's first studio album in 16 years, King Animal, was released on November 13, 2012. It debuted and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200.

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Albums

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
AUS
AUT
CAN
GER
NLD
NOR
NZ
SWE
UK
Ultramega OK
  • Released: October 31, 1988
  • Label: SST
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
Louder Than Love
  • Released: September 5, 1989
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
108
Badmotorfinger
  • Released: October 8, 1991
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
39 54 50 16 39
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum
  • MC: Platinum
  • BPI: Silver
Superunknown
  • Released: March 8, 1994
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
1 1 19 2 13 11 5 1 3 4
  • RIAA: 5× Platinum
  • BPI: Gold
  • IFPI SWE: Gold
  • MC: 3× Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum
Down on the Upside
  • Released: May 21, 1996
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
2 1 12 4 15 12 6 1 3 7
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum
  • MC: Platinum
  • BPI: Silver
King Animal 5 6 19 6 10 24 13 4 25 21
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums

List of live albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
UK
Live on I-5
  • Released: March 22, 2011
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, LP
47 130

Compilation albums

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
AUS
BEL (FL)
BEL (WA)
CAN
GER
NLD
NOR
NZ
UK
Screaming Life/Fopp
  • Released: May 11, 1990
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Formats: CD, CS
A-Sides
  • Released: November 4, 1997
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, CS
63 39 51 6 90
Telephantasm
  • Released: September 28, 2010
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD, LP
24 20 96 76 15 73 97 35 12 83
  • RIAA: Platinum
The Classic Album Selection
  • Released: May 21, 2012
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD box set
149 193
Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path
  • Released: November 24, 2014
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD box set
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Video albums

List of video albums
Title Album details
Louder Than Live
  • Released: May 22, 1990
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: VHS
Motorvision
  • Released: November 17, 1992
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: VHS

Demo recordings

Year Demo details Track listing
1984 The First 15
  • Recorded: 1984
  • Engineer: unknown
  • Label: Not on label
  • Format: Cassette
1985 6 Songs for Bruce
  • Recorded: 24 April 1985
  • Engineer: Jack Endino
  • Label: Not on label
  • Format: Cassette
  • Notes: Recorded for Bruce Pavitt
  1. "I Think I’m Sinking"
  2. "Bury My Head In Sand"
  3. "Tears to Forget"
  4. "The Storm"
  5. "Incessant Mace"
  6. "In Vention"
  7. "Out of My Skin"

Extended plays

List of extended plays
Title EP details
Screaming Life
  • Released: October 1, 1987
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Formats: CS, 12"
Fopp
  • Released: August 1, 1988
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Formats: 12"
Flower
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: SST
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
Loudest Love
  • Released: October, 1990
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD
Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas (SOMMS)
  • Released: June 23, 1992
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD
Songs from the Superunknown
  • Released: November 21, 1995
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: CD
Before the Doors: Live on I-5 Soundcheck
  • Released: November 25, 2011
  • Label: A&M
  • Formats: 10"
King Animal Demos
  • Released: April 20, 2013
  • Label: Republic
  • Formats: 10"

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US
Air

US
Alt.

US
Main. Rock

AUS
CAN
GER
NLD
NZ
SWE
UK
"Hunted Down" 1987 Screaming Life
"Flower" 1989 Ultramega OK
"Loud Love" 87 Louder Than Love
"Hands All Over" 82
"Room a Thousand Years Wide" 1990 Non-album single
"Jesus Christ Pose" 1991 30 Badmotorfinger
"Outshined" 76 50
"Rusty Cage" 1992 80 41
"Spoonman" 1994 9 3 23 12 37 10 37 20 Superunknown
"The Day I Tried to Live" 25 13 42
"Black Hole Sun" 24 2 1 6 5 26 3 22 19 12
"My Wave" 18 11 50 66 46
"Fell on Black Days" 54 13 4 52 66 45 24
"Pretty Noose" 1996 37 2 4 22 43 18 42 14 Down on the Upside
"Burden in My Hand" 40 2 1 57 9 33
"Blow Up the Outside World" 53 8 1 76 89 40
"Ty Cobb" 1997
"Bleed Together" 32 13 A-Sides
"Black Rain" 2010 96 20 10 90 44 109 Telephantasm
"The Telephantasm"
"Live to Rise" 2012 12 1 69 Avengers Assemble
"Been Away Too Long" 16 1 93 King Animal
"By Crooked Steps" 2013 1
"Storm" 2014 Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • I ^ "The Telephantasm" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 but charted on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales at number 9.

Other charted songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Main. Rock

"Rhinosaur" 1997 19 Down on the Upside
"Halfway There" 2013 12 King Animal

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Flower" 1988 Mark Miremont
"Loud Love" 1989 Kevin Kerslake
"Hands All Over" 1990
"Jesus Christ Pose" 1991 Eric Zimmerman
"Outshined" (version 1) Matt Mahurin
"Outshined" (version 2) Kevin Kerslake
"Rusty Cage" 1992 Eric Zimmerman
"Spoonman" 1994 Jeffrey Plansker
"The Day I Tried to Live" Matt Mahurin
"Black Hole Sun" Howard Greenhalgh
"My Wave" Henry Shepherd
"Fell on Black Days" Jake Scott
"Superunknown" 1995 Numillennia
"Pretty Noose" (version 1) 1996 Frank Kozik
"Pretty Noose" (version 2) Henry Shepherd
"Burden in My Hand" Jake Scott
"Blow Up the Outside World" Gerald Casale
"Get on the Snake" 2010 N/A
"Black Rain" Brendon Small
"Live to Rise" 2012 Robert Hales
"Been Away Too Long" Josh Graham
"By Crooked Steps" 2013 Dave Grohl
"Halfway There" Josh Graham

Other appearances

Year Song Album 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 soundtrack Island
1996

"Kyle Petty, Son of Richard"

Home Alive: The Art of Self-Defense Epic
2012

"Live to Rise"

Avengers Assemble Hollywood, Marvel Music

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