Eligible since: 2011 (The 2012 Induction Ceremony)
Previously Considered? No what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2012 (ranked #109) .
|Essential Albums (?)||Wikipedia||Amazon MP3||Amazon CD|
|Louder Than Love (1989)||☆||♫||♁|
|Down On The Upside (1996)||☆||♫||♁|
|Essential Songs (?)||Wikipedia||Amazon MP3||YouTube|
|Rusty Cage (1991)||☆||♫||☊|
|Jesus Christ Pose (1991)||☆||♫||☊|
|Black Hole Sun (1994)||☆||♫||☊|
|Fell on Black Days (1994)||☆||♫||☊|
Soundgarden @ Wikipedia
Soundgarden's first recordings appeared on the Deep Six compilation, released in 1986.
Comments88 comments so far (post your own)
Soundgarden should absolutely be inducted.
Posted by Mo on Monday, 11.13.06 @ 21:59pm
soundgarden is far one of the best rock bands.. they diserve to be in the hall of fame considering their impact in the 90s and their great music arranges
Posted by LaNeGaN on Tuesday, 12.12.06 @ 11:54am
This is a tough one. I'm a Seattle boy who loves Soundgarden, bought most of their albums and followed their career with interest. For a while there in the 90s, I think they were the best rock band out there. However, a lot of their music was basically derrivative of Black Sabbath and other metal that came before them. I don't think they score a lot points for originality. It will be interesting to see if they are still well remembered when the time comes.
Posted by Sneak on Friday, 12.29.06 @ 20:12pm
I always agree with Sneak. I've been a big Soundgarden fan since I shoplifted "Louder than Love" in eighth grade, but...I dunno if they're really HOF material. The bar should be set pretty high.
soundgarden is eledgable in 2010 cause they recored some tracks for a grunge complication cd
Posted by martin on Saturday, 01.27.07 @ 19:30pm
Soundgarden can most certainly get inducted...Unfortunately, it won't be on their first try. Me think Nirvana and Pearl Jam have to get inducted first...Nirvana for bringing in the grunge movement, and PJ for contributions to rock over time.
Posted by maplejet on Tuesday, 02.27.07 @ 10:56am
Im positive that Soundgarden will be inducted. Just a great band and Chris has one of the best vioces in rock and roll history.
Posted by RJ on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 20:06pm
Soundgarden is one of my favorite bands of all time. Chris Cornell has one of the best rock n' roll voices of the 90's. But I do not think they will be inducted in the HOF. They were very good but it seemed they kind of followed in the wake of Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
Posted by jlw on Sunday, 03.25.07 @ 16:45pm
Are you stupid or something? Soundgarden started in '84 and their first recorded work was on the Deep Six compilation in '86. Nirvana didn't form until '87 and Bleach wasn't out until '89 (compared to Ultramega OK in '88). Pearl Jam didn't even form until 1990, although Green River (Gossard and Ament) formed at around the same time Soundgarden did (and also contributed to Deep Six).
Posted by William on Sunday, 03.25.07 @ 21:49pm
no im not stupid. wikipedia just lied to me! =]
Posted by jlw on Saturday, 03.31.07 @ 20:31pm
Sorry, then. Overzealous, I guess.
Posted by William on Sunday, 04.1.07 @ 04:51am
Soundgarden cites Rush as major influence....put em both in...
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 05.1.07 @ 22:09pm
I most definitely think Soundgarden will make it, and not that to be inducted it has to be their first album, nothing from a compilation or anything. Their first actual recording was released in 1987, I'm pretty sure it was Louder Than Love
Posted by Robert on Wednesday, 05.2.07 @ 21:51pm
An incredible band. They will be inducted.
Posted by PJ on Wednesday, 05.16.07 @ 19:55pm
they will I am quite sure about that, Cornell is a legend and i prefer seeing him with Soundgarden than with audioslave
Posted by roméo on Tuesday, 06.5.07 @ 11:05am
Soundgarden will get the nod. They paved the way for alot of early 90's with there post punk/metal fusion. Question is what will they play and who will induct them?
Posted by drewfuss on Monday, 09.3.07 @ 11:43am
Soundgarden should definitely get in. They were one of the 4 big bands to come out of the Seattle scene. They may not have had as many hits as Nirvana, but I don't think that they were any less of an influence.
Posted by Tiffany on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:06pm
Obviously. Enough said about Soundgarden.
Posted by P. Martini on Saturday, 11.10.07 @ 21:26pm
They are contemporaries in time period and that they both were RnR bands. You might say that they travled on parallel routes, but in a completely different time zones and I don't mean countries of origin. I could be wrong and I am sure you will let me know if I am, but I don't think Pulp made as big a splash worldwide as Soundgarden did. I certainly don't think Down On The Upside was overlooked. Since it was a follow-up to a major chart success, it may have actually received more scrutiny than any of their other releases. Soundgarden certainly received more airplay in the States than Pulp. I don't know about the UK. Soundgarden is considered by many to be in the top tier of Grunge bands. I cannot say how Pulp is considered regarding their genre of Brit Pop. You would know better, afterall, you are a genius.
Posted by Dameon on Friday, 01.25.08 @ 10:48am
Fine, fine band. I'm not quite as enamored of them as above posters. Think they need one more great album to seal the deal.
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 07.17.08 @ 11:21am
Earth-shattering vocalist, one of the two or three best drummers of the last twenty-five years, one of the better guitarists in the modern era, and terrific songs and arrangements.
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 07.31.08 @ 16:45pm
Yeah, but it's their singles & sales that will lead to their induction...Soundgarden was no slouch in either category.
Posted by Casper on Thursday, 07.31.08 @ 19:26pm
for people who think soundgarden were all black sabbathic or the led zeppelinisque ............. here is the thing...........soundgarden were much more than that .........they played grungy music you would love to here ..........they played slow riffs.......... that took your soul away ........... and then they played blues(in the later part of their albums) with equal sublime.........they played the psychedelic music .......and lot more stuffs you just dont associate with a single band ..............to many of their fans, they could have been were led zep or deep purple stand today, for me they are.
Posted by K K on Saturday, 08.30.08 @ 01:56am
This is one of the pages where the overwhelming amount of posts are in the affirmative, and I'm not going to do anything to rattle the boat. There were a few posts here (admittedly very old posts) that asked if Soundgarden was too derivitive of Sabbath. SG may have taken elements of Sabbath, but there was a difference in how it was delivered. Listen to "Faeries Wear Boots" vs "Outshined" - both are heavy, but one swings w/a groove (Faeries) the other doesn't have, while "Outshined" has a beligerence the other doesn't, while tossing in little things that mean a lot to the song (the sped up beats on the final refrain of "Show me the power, child... drive it home awesomely"). Certainly Sabbath never would have been able to get away w/ something like "Burden in my Hand" until the later albums. There was a difference (not a ton) but enough, at least for me, to be able to differentiate between the two in a reasonable manner.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 08.30.08 @ 06:53am
I am a HUGE fan of soundgarden, but i seriously doubt that they will get in on the first try. nirvana? yes, but only because everybody knows them. pearl jam? probably. AIC? their chances are, unfortunatly, about as low as screaming trees or even tad. so yeah, SG might get in, but it'll probably be around 2020 with those douchebag HOF judges there.
Posted by gardiner on Monday, 12.8.08 @ 19:26pm
AIC was the best of the bunch
Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Tuesday, 12.9.08 @ 06:55am
dont plp ever realise what soundgarden did to music ....................
Posted by k k on Tuesday, 01.27.09 @ 03:32am
I think soundgarden should be recognized for what they accomplished but the HOF is a popularity contest and althought soundgarden is 1000000 times better than most bands, it has always been underrated & overlooked...
Posted by 1(mUsIc)2 on Sunday, 03.1.09 @ 20:45pm
I think Big Dumb Sex is weird.
Posted by Mike on Friday, 03.27.09 @ 15:07pm
Soundgarden are good enough to land a slot in the HOF but they are NOT the utterly genius...
Posted by Antonio on Friday, 04.3.09 @ 05:17am
Soundgarden should be in the hall. However they will most likely have to wait till Nirvana gets in. There sound was very different compared to what the other "grunge" bands were putting out. You can hear that difference in thier first
Posted by Allan on Saturday, 04.4.09 @ 06:28am
It would be a crime not to induct these guys. Chris Cornell's voice was FANTASTIC!
Posted by Rontox on Monday, 04.27.09 @ 11:35am
Soundgarden should be in the Hall of Fame.
Posted by Lyle on Wednesday, 06.3.09 @ 02:13am
They are the best band ever
Posted by kaerl on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 05:57am
Soundgarden should be inducted when the time comes. One of the pioneers on alternative rock during the grunge era. They're also my personal favorite band from that time period in rock history.
Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 06.15.09 @ 14:29pm
Great news folks ......... their is a hope that soundgarden may reunite .......
Posted by K K on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 02:13am
Great news folks ......... there is a hope that soundgarden may reunite .......
Posted by K K on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 02:14am
alt metal is so awesome, and no one did it better than soundgarden (well, maybe radiohead). absolutely should be inducted.
Posted by Justin on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 13:24pm
Soundgarden isn't metal in my opinion. Grunge was alternative rock. Some of the grunge bands like Soundgarden and AIC were heavily influenced by metal bands, but were just alternative rock bands.
Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 13:29pm
Soundgarden just might be the first grunge band
Posted by Keebord on Friday, 07.10.09 @ 12:18pm
I would say The Melvins, Screaming Trees, or Mudhoney (Superfuzz Bigmuff is the definition of grunge.)
Posted by Elastic Man on Friday, 07.10.09 @ 22:39pm
Oh, Green River too, can't forget about them...I believe theirs was the earliest record called "grunge".
Posted by Elastic Man on Friday, 07.10.09 @ 22:44pm
"Oh, Green River too, can't forget about them...I believe theirs was the earliest record called "grunge"."- Elastic Man
Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 07.12.09 @ 09:13am
Actually, Malfunkshun only made some demos that Stone Gossard released down the line, never anything intended for commercial purposes and while U-Men are considered the forerunners of grunge their music didn't create the term. I believe Mark Arm of Green River used the term to describe what the band sounded like and the whole scene crystalized immediately after with the formation of Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Tad, etc. so, my point still stands.
Posted by Elastic Man on Sunday, 07.12.09 @ 21:55pm
Did some more reading and it turns out Mark Arm originally used the term in 1981 in a letter to a magazine describing what he didn't like about someone's band. Sub-Pop started using the term later to describe what Green River did.
Posted by Elastic Man on Sunday, 07.12.09 @ 23:33pm
Soundgarden returns! A pleasant way to open up the new year.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 01.2.10 @ 06:25am
Soundgarden - Rule this decade .. thats what i need from u guys.
Posted by K K on Sunday, 01.3.10 @ 23:46pm
Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana they save the music during the 90'. Really they did and they still in the minds of the people that really enjoy the good music!!
Posted by JAO on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 22:18pm
"Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana they save the music during the 90'. Really they did and they still in the minds of the people that really enjoy the good music!!" Posted by JAO on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 22:18pm
Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.5.10 @ 15:50pm
No one can forget this band's hits like "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman", this is why I voted for yes.
Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 06.15.10 @ 21:18pm
I've been on a Soundgarden binge the last couple days. Badmotorfinger is truly unlike any other album out there. I like Nirvana and Pearl Jam but the idea that Soundgarden will have to wait behind them is insulting, and the Hall will lose more credibility if that happens.
Posted by Sam on Sunday, 07.11.10 @ 16:35pm
this is a bold comment but i truly believe Soundgarden is better than Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but i think all 3 should be in. Cornell had the best voice easily. Of the 3 bands Matt Cameron is the best drummer, and you can say the same for Thayil(arguably). nobody forgets Jesus Christ Pose, right?
Posted by Charlie on Thursday, 12.16.10 @ 11:50am
"Soundgarden is better than Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but i think all 3 should be in. Cornell had the best voice easily. Of the 3 bands Matt Cameron is the best drummer, and you can say the same for Thayil(arguably)."
Posted by Sam on Saturday, 01.1.11 @ 06:20am
they will make it.believe me
Posted by shahril on Saturday, 03.19.11 @ 01:25am
K, I love all of the bands from Seattle in the late 80's 90's... Looking back, Soundgarden easily was the most musically versatile and talented of the group. If anybody wants to challenge me on that one, bring it.
Posted by Sobey on Thursday, 04.14.11 @ 22:35pm
"I love all of the bands from Seattle in the late 80's 90's... Looking back, Soundgarden easily was the most musically versatile and talented of the group."
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 04.15.11 @ 09:46am
Hell yes he does. Soundgarden was the best Seattle band. Using GFW's criteria:
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 04.21.11 @ 16:15pm
Innovation: They helped define the loud distorted sound of Grunge.
Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 06.22.11 @ 12:05pm
If Johnny Cash covered one of your songs< you belong in the rock n roll HOF.
Posted by krusher on Saturday, 06.25.11 @ 16:14pm
Overrated Nirvana really sucks compared to Soundgarden.
Posted by Iron on Friday, 11.18.11 @ 03:01am
So the nominating committee decided that Soundgarden was not yet eligible this year, correct? Do we know if they will be eligible next year? If not, when?
Posted by A-Killa on Wednesday, 12.7.11 @ 21:45pm
Soundgarden are way better than that overrated crap that Shitvana is.
Posted by Dino on Thursday, 12.8.11 @ 06:53am
Posted by Jud on Friday, 12.9.11 @ 14:10pm
Nirvana is overrated garbage. Soundgarden is FAR better than Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
Posted by Atheist on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 07:35am
Nirvana make soundgarden look like amateurs.
Posted by GFW on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 08:50am
Posted by Ale on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 14:05pm
Superunknown > Entire Shitvana discography
Posted by Mike on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 14:09pm
all nirvana songs sound the same
Posted by Megadeth on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 14:20pm
@GFW: yeah as not, Nirvana is the best band ever...
Posted by 666 on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 14:45pm
How can you say "Tourettes" or "Endless, nameless" are pop songs?
Posted by GFW on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 15:16pm
Better singer, better musicians, better guitars, more variety in the songs, better riffs and at least they're not so freaking overhyped.
Posted by Megadeth on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 15:29pm
Better songwriting, great riffs, a consistently good output (they broke up before they became crap) and on the subject of guitars... I'm quite torn because from what I've heard of soundgardens output they're pretty good.
Posted by GFW on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 15:33pm
"So the nominating committee decided that Soundgarden was not yet eligible this year, correct? Do we know if they will be eligible next year? If not, when?"
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 12.29.11 @ 05:39am
Nirvana better songwriting than SOundgarden? Clean your ears!
Posted by Wave on Thursday, 04.12.12 @ 08:21am
Soundgarden's already eligible? They're part of the Big Four in grunge! Oh, who am I kidding, nothing this little club of critics and record executives says should matter.
Posted by Mr.Stone on Wednesday, 05.30.12 @ 16:47pm
Would be a nice compliment to go in alongside Nirvana - who is obviously to be elected first-ballot, and the only 2013 artists eligible where that is obvious to be the case - this coming year. AIC is not eligible until 2015, and Pearl Jam in 2016. All four will be enshrined by the time Eddie Vedder and co. give their acceptance speeches, even if AIC has to wait a year to go in w/ PJ.
Posted by Sunking278 on Wednesday, 04.24.13 @ 05:39am
Gonna see these guys in concert on 10 May. Will give a recap. Looking forward to it.
Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 04.24.13 @ 08:17am
I didn't even realize Soundgarden were eligible already. They'll definitely go in but will have to wait until Nirvana is either already in next year, or go in alongside Nirvana because that makes for a better story with Nirvana being the first grunge band inducted.
Posted by Kevin on Tuesday, 05.21.13 @ 04:25am
Saw Soundgarden at Louisville Palace. No warm up act. They played for about 1 hour, 50 mins. No intermission. Glad I brought my earplugs, as they were LOUD.
Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 05.22.13 @ 11:03am
A couple of comments seem to be downplaying Soundgarden's influence. A quick search on google put forward a few interesting names... Quite obviously, there are Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains, along with stuff like Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Silverchair... all the way up to Nickelback, Creed, etc. Then there are the "stoner rock" bands like Sleep, Clutch, Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Atomic Bitchwax, Fu Manchu, (etc.) and all the bands that came from these like QOTSA, Ohm, High On Fire, etc. There's also Nu Metal stuff like Deftones, Korn, and so on.
Posted by Steve987 on Tuesday, 07.2.13 @ 11:38am
Soundgarden will be inducted in RRHOF before 2020. They are respected through a wide swath of musicians & fans of various genres.
Posted by KING on Friday, 01.31.14 @ 01:37am
Great interview with Chris Cornell on the "WTF with Marc Maron" podcast. HIGHLY recommended for any Soundgarden fans.
Posted by DarinRG on Friday, 06.6.14 @ 21:50pm
Of course they should!
Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 22:25pm
They were a very good but not quite great band (enough to get in).
Posted by andrew on Thursday, 01.15.15 @ 21:50pm
Much better than Nirbana musically. Easily superior musicians on guitar, drums and bass. Grohl is the best at a single instrument in Nirvana yet SG have a guy who destroys him.
Posted by Gaz on Thursday, 03.5.15 @ 13:05pm
Think Soundgarden will be inducted. I favor Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden RRHOF. Those were my prime years and Seattle sound was all the rage. I like how the Seattle bands helped one another and forever linked. Chris Cornell could really sing. Don't remember if he was beloved as Kurt Cobain or Eddie but he was definitely great. SuperUnknown was my FAV Soundgarden album. Fell On Black Days probably my FAV. Nirvana was elected in 2014 now it should be Soundgarden's turn. KING
Posted by KING on Tuesday, 05.12.15 @ 22:47pm
Chris Cornell Is a fan of Elton John and Chicago. He owns all their albums.
Posted by Roy on Monday, 11.2.15 @ 16:29pm
Growing up in the early 90s, I always considered the Seattle seen as 1) Nirvana, 2) Pearl Jam, 3) Soundgarden and 4) Alice in Chains (and then the rest). As such, I'd induct them in that same order as well. Nirvana is in, and Pearl Jam is up for induction next year. Once they are, then I'd look at Soundgarden making it in.
Posted by StephD on Tuesday, 05.17.16 @ 14:16pm
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