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Chris Cornell Posthumously Rules Mainstream Rock Songs Chart With Guns N’ Roses Cover

"Patience," a GNR hit in 1989, leads three years after Cornell's death.

More than three years after his death, Chris Cornell posthumously reaches No. 1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.

The late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman’s cover of Guns N’ Roses “Patience,” recorded before his May 2017 death, rises 2-1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs list dated Oct. 3.

It’s Cornell’s second No. 1 as a soloist and first as a solo lead. He previously ruled for two weeks as a featured vocalist on Zac Brown Band‘s “Heavy Is the Head” in May 2015. Prior to “Patience,” Cornell had risen as high as No. 2 as a lead artist with “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” in November 2015.

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As the lead singer of Soundgarden, Cornell ruled Mainstream Rock Songs six times between 1994 and 2013, as well as twice while fronting Audioslave in 2003 and 2005.

Cornell’s posthumous No. 1 follows a similar leader for Falling in Reverse, whose “Popular Monster” led the list in May after the death of guitarist Derek Jones in April.

Concurrently, “Patience,” a hit at all three rock radio formats, ranks at No. 30 on Alternative Airplay, after reaching No. 30, and rises 35-30 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay tally. On the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock Airplay chart, it bullets at its No. 4 high with 5.3 million audience impressions, up 3%, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

“Patience” was originally recorded by Guns N’ Roses for the band’s 1988 album G N’ R Lies. It reached No. 4 on the all-format Billboard Hot 100 in June 1989, after hitting No. 7 on Mainstream Rock Songs that March, 31 years before Cornell would take it to No. 1.

Cornell died by suicide on May 18, 2017.