Soundgarden

Black Hole Sun

Song Review by Greg Prato

The summer of 1994 wasn't one of the more sunnier ones for rock music -- the world was still reeling from Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain's suicide the previous April. One of the few bright spots was Soundgarden's classic Superunknown, an album that was molded after releases by such '70s rockers as Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith -- in so much that it did not contain a single weak track. While "Black Hole Sun" was not the album's first single (the percussive rocker "Spoonman" was), the song was one of the summer's anthems and biggest rock hits -- played constantly on radio and MTV. The song had a psychedelic edge to it (especially evident in the verse's guitar part), as the composition shifted between sedate melodicism and gargantuan guitar riffs. The lyrics were classic Chris Cornell -- lines didn't exactly make sense on paper but did within the song, such as the chorus, "black hole sun/Won't you come/And wash away the rain" (which again, summed up the dark feeling that was felt throughout the rock community in the summer of 1994). The video also proved to be the band's most popular and innovative, as disturbing and twisted scenes fit the song's dispirited feel perfectly.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Superunknown 1994 A&M / Interscope 5:18
Stolen Prayers 1995 Tribute
A-Sides 1997 A&M 5:20
The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Collection 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:20
90's Best Hit Songs: Female Version 2000
Various Artists
Pione
Rock Stars 2002
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Hits 80s-90s 2003
Various Artists
WEA / Warner
Pure Acoustic [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
90's Rock 2007
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 0:00
Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary Rock 2008
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 5:21
Life is Music 2008
Various Artists
Studio Brussel / EMI 5:18
Total Drivetime 2010
Various Artists
Universal 4:33
Telephantasm 2010 A&M / Geffen 5:19
Hector's Mix Tape 2011
Various Artists
EMI
The Classic Album Selection 2012 Geffen / Universal Music 5:17
A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection 2012
Various Artists
A&M 4:33
Latest & Greatest Guitar Heroes 2013
Various Artists
USM Media
Latest & Greatest: Soft Rock Ballads 2013
Various Artists
USM Media 5:19
100 Hits: Driving Rock [2013] 2013
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Union Square Music 4:32
90s Anthems: The Ultimate Collection [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Universal 0:00
Beyond This Mortal Coil: A Live Tribute to Chris Cornell 2017 Goldfish / Golf 5:13
Chris Cornell 2018 A&M / Universal 5:19
100 Essential Hits: 90s
Various Artists
Brunswick / Universal 4:31
100 Rock
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
80's & 90's Rock
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
80s & 90s
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
80s and 90s Hits
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
80s, 90s, 00s
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
90's Alternative
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
90's Alternative [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
90's Nostalgia
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
90s Alternative
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
90s Hits [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
90s Mixtape
Various Artists
Universal 5:19
90s Throwback Hits
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
A Festive Event
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Afternoon Rock
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Air Guitar Anthems
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
All About 90s Rock Anthems
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Alla tiders hits 80 & 90-talet
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Alternative High
Various Artists
Universal 5:17
Alternative Workout
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Anarchists Anonymous
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
At Home: Alt Edition
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Back to School  [Rock Edition]
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Best Guitar Anthems
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Best Guitar Riffs
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Black Hole Sun/New Damage/Blind Dogs The Soundgarden 5:50
Campfire Jams
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Canciones de Siempre: Grupos
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Canciones de Siempre: Rock
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Chill Rock
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Clasicos Del Rock, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Clássicos do Rock Internacional
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Cooking at Home [Rock Edition]
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Cottage Music: Alt Rock Your Dock
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Cricket Classics
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Dad Rock [2019]
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Dale Al Play! 90s
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Esenciales Rock Alternativo
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Family Friendly Rock
Various Artists
Universal 4:31
Genius of... US Rock & Brit Pop
Various Artists
Naïve 5:19
Golden Hits [2020]
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Greatest 90s Hits
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Greatest Hits [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 5:19
Greatest Rock Hits
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Guitar & Bass
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Guitar Anthems
Various Artists
Universal 5:20
Heavy Metal Summer
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Hits Rock [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Listen to Rock
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Midnight Diaries
Various Artists
Universal 4:31
Music for the Car
Various Artists
Universal 5:19
Música y Asfalto
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Nineties Nostalgia
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Oldie But Goodie Rock
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Pasaporte a los 90s
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Pirados Pero No Olvidados
Various Artists
Universal 4:31
ROCKOVÝ MEJDAN
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rain in the Summertime Songs
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock 90s [2019]
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock Anos 90
Various Artists
Universal 5:19
Rock Deprê
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock Driving Music
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock Essentials
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock Halloween
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock Icons
Various Artists
Universal 5:19
Rock Internacional
Various Artists
UMG Recordings 5:18
Rock It [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock Legends [2020]
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock Music
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock Now
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock Songs [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 5:19
Rock Suave
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock and Roll
Various Artists
Universal 0:00
Rock at Work
Various Artists
Universal 5:19
Rock de los 80's 90's y más
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock dos Anos 90
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rock the 90s
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rockin' Summer Sound Waves
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Rockwiz: Uncovered
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 5:18
Sleep Music Rock Edition
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Songs About Colours
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Summer Rockin
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Tesoros Musicales, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
This Is Rock Music
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Throwback Hits #TBT90´s
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Throwbacks
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Total 90s
Various Artists
Universal 4:30
Viaje a 1994
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
With or Without You (In Group or Solo) Vol. 2
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Work From Home: Rock Edition
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
Work Out Motivations
Various Artists
Universal 5:18
¡Calor En La Ciudad!
Various Artists
Universal 5:18