The Best of Seattle Music
That You Could Drive To
by Bill Flitter
After the passing of so many music legends in 2016, I was hoping we’d get a bit of a break this year. It is therefore doubly unfortunate that in 2017 we saw the passing of Chris Cornell, the iconic singer and songwriter who helped shape the voice and sounds of a generation. Seattle, Washington, will forever be known as the cradle of grunge rock with Cornell right there in the middle of it all. 2017 is also the 25th anniversary of the movie, Singles, whose soundtrack heavily featured Chris Cornell alongside Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Paul Westerberg, Screaming Trees, and The Smashing Pumpkins.
The anniversary reissue of the album includes seven bonus tracks by Cornell and Soundgarden. So, in honor of his memory, our love of cars, and Seattle music, here are three songs written by Chris Cornell. They each reference cars in addition to the seven bonus tracks (and the originals) on the reissue of the Singles soundtrack.
Chris Cornell’s Seattle Music
I Am The Highway - Audioslave
I am the highway,
I am not your carpet ride,
I am the sky…
Getaway Car - Audioslave
Get yourself a car and ride it on the wind,
Get yourself a car and drive it all alone,
Get yourself a car and ride it on the wind…
Gasoline - Audioslave
Of red says danger on it,
I have found another way,
Burning that gasoline…
7 More Songs of Seattle Music
Ok, so those songs reference cars, or the highway, or they mention gasoline (ok, so at least one of those songs was a stretch). At any rate, here now are the songs from the soundtrack Singles. Sadly not all of these songs are available on Spotify, but that will just give you an excuse to buy the whole album!
Nowhere But You - Soundgarden
I’m gone until I’m within you,
Nowhere but you,
There is no better place that I’ve been to…
Spoonman - Soundgarden
(Steal the rhythm while you can)
Speak the rhythm on your own
(Speak the rhythm all alone) spoonman…
Flutter Girl - Chris Cornell
with eyes of rust,
tonight my tears might stain your wings,
so flutter home,
cause you’re better off alone,
than with me…
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Missing - Soundgarden
Can you hear me?
Did you think you could win me over?
I’ve been hard to hold…
Birth Ritual - Soundgarden
On forest earth.
Trees bend to pray for us,
Like cold machines
Late for the birth ritual, ritual, ritual, ritual…
Ferry Boat #3 - Chris Cornell
Help me before I fall to ruin,
And if I’m blind, I’ll save you all,
Come follow me to the bridge before the fall,
Help me, I don’t know what I’m doing…
Seasons - Chris Cornell
Are stolen as the old moon falls,
And my mirror shows another face,
Another place to hide it all,
Another place to hide it all…
Over to You
In conclusion, this is a decent list of Chris Cornell’s music, but it barely scratches the surface of what he contributed over nearly four decades of making music. I also want to recommend giving his 2015 album, Higher Truth, a listen. It has a mature sound to it, which suggests Cornell spent the first 40 years of his life just warming up. Still, it’s nice to think he’s up there on his highway, in the sky. What’s your favorite Chris Cornell song?
Listen to our complete compilation of music about cars and road trip music from the 70’s, 80’s and more.