Chad Kroeger feat. Josey Scott – “Hero” – (2002)

“Hero” was the theme song for the constantly-being-rebooted Spiderman back in 2002. The song was the result of Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Saliva’s Josey Scott. Theory of a Deadman frontman Tyler Connolly also co-wrote the song with the other two and performed as part of the group. Mike Kroeger (also of Nickelback) is on bass and the drummer is Matt Cameron (of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden fame). The song was very popular in the aftermath of 9/11 and received a lot of airplay, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 and in the top five of four other American Billboard charts – and it charted all over the world too. I grew tired of it quickly but I wouldn’t say I loathe it.

#5 – Soundgarden – “Spoonman” – (1994)

“Feel the rhythm with your hands – steal the rhythm while you can. Spoonman” This was the first single from Superunknown, Soundgarden’s best album. This album had their biggest hits and “Spoonman” was among them, hitting #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart and #9 on the Modern Rock chart, helping establish Soundgarden as a legitimate mainstream rock band. The song is about a guy who plays the spoons and there used to be such a guy here locally who was quite old and quite well-known in certain parts of town – and I became familiar with him about the time this song was popular. You don’t see many people playing the spoons anymore – and even less do you hear grunge songs written about them.

#48 – Temple of the Dog – “Hunger Strike” – (1991)

Temple of the Dog was kind of a grunge super-group. It featured Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. And Matt Cameron (of both bands). The group released one album in 1991 and was conceived as a tribute to the late Andrew Wood, the lead singer of Mother Love Bone. Of course, when this album came out, no one really knew who Pearl Jam was yet. And no one really knew who Temple of the Dog was until Pearl Jam broke through in 1992. “Hunger Strike” is the best known and highest charting of the songs from this album (although, not necessarily the best). It’s actually a duet between Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder (which is a pretty awesome thing, as both can really belt out some lyrics).