Flannel-wearing Gen Xers had already helped make Nirvana and Pearl Jam two of the biggest bands on the planet. Still, Soundgarden , Seattle's first grunge group to sign with a major record label, found themselves on the fringes of rock stardom. That would quickly change with the group's breakthrough hit "Black Hole Sun. It was a thought-provoking phrase, and it became that song.
Written by frontman Chris Cornell , the song was released in as the third single from the band's fourth studio album Superunknown It is arguably the band's most recognizable and most popular song, and remains a well known song from the s. The song topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it spent a total of seven weeks at number one. Despite peaking at number two on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, "Black Hole Sun" finished as the number-one track of for that listing. Worldwide, the single reached the top 10 in Australia, Canada, France and Ireland. In , Cornell explained the song's origins to Uncut Magazine :. I wrote it in my head driving home from Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville , a minute drive from Seattle. It sparked from something a news anchor said on TV and I heard wrong. I heard 'blah blah blah black hole sun blah blah blah'.