Black Hole Sun

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart in 1994
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1994
  • peaked at No. 12 on the UK Singles chart in 1994
  • from Soundgarden's fourth studio album, Superunknown (1994)
  • 1994 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance
  • written by Chris Cornell
  • Chris Cornell: “I had misheard a news anchor, and I thought he said ‘black hole sun,’ but he said something else. So I was corrected, but after that I thought, ‘Well, he didn’t say it, but I heard it,’ and it created this image in my brain and I thought it would be an amazing song title. It was a thought-provoking phrase, and it became that song. That was a title that came before music, so the music was the inspiration that came from the images created by those words.
         I didn’t think in terms of hits then, and I didn’t think tempo-wise or lyrically as being something that could be a hit. Maybe a single at some point late in the release, like an afterthought single. Sometimes when a record has been out for a while, right before the record company decides to stop promoting it, they’ll do one last single that’s different, like something for the fans or whatever. That’s what I thought ‘Black Hole Sun’ would be. But once we started mixing and mastering it and playing it for friends and the record company, everyone was singling that song out.
         So it started to occur to us that it might be a single that would have broader appeal. But definitely not lyrically. When I think of hit songs, they have to be somewhat anthemic in the world of rock, and I didn’t see ‘Black Hole Sun’ as being that.”
  • produced by Michael Beinhorn, Soundgarden
  • recorded at Bad Animals Studio, Seattle, Washington
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