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The Good Die Young


Playlist of dead rock artists, from Freddie Mercury to Jeff Buckley to Dimebag Darrell.... Nirvana, Ellliot Smith, Doors and more.

(Most all died before the age of 40... Mercury and Lennon were in their 40s, but couldn't resist not putting them on the list... full list in the comments below...)

Genres vary: Classic rock, 90s rock, singer/songwriter, alternative, metal

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I am a big Soundgarden fan. So as such, and due to my bias, I very liberally added a lot of Chris Cornell tracks to this playlist. Spread out among the playlist are 2 Cornell solo tracks, 2 Soundgarden tracks, 2 Audioslave tracks and a Temple of the Dog track.

I meant for this to be a list of artists who died young, but could not resist including Mercury and Lennon.

There's other greats that I was tempted to include, such as Johnny Cash, Adam Yauch, Michael Jackson and Trish Keenan (of Broadcast)... all were over 40 when they passed, so I left them off.

For non-Americans, the dates below are in MMDDYY format...

- Freddie Mercury (Queen), died 11/24/91, age 45, AIDS

- Jeff Buckley, died 05/29/97, age 30, accidental drowning

- Jimi Hendrix, died 09/18/70, age 27, asphyxia (due to drug use)

- John Lennon (The Beatles), died 12/08/80, age 40, murdered

- Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), died 04/05/94, age 27, suicide

- Layne Staley (Alice in Chains), died 04/05/02, age 34, drug overdose

- Randy Rhoads (Ozzy), died 03/19/82, age 25, plane crash

- Michael Hutchence (INXS), died 11/22/97, age 37, accidental death (possibly suicide)

- Jim Morisson (The Doors), died 07/03/71, age 27, drug overdose

- Ian Curtis (Joy Division), died 05/18/80, age 23, suicide

- Andrew Wood (Mother Love Bone), died 03/19/90, age 24, drug overdose

- Bob Marley, died 05/11/80, age 36, cancer

- Janis Joplin, died 10/04/70, age 27, drug overdose

- Elliot Smith, died 10/21/03, age 34, inconclusive (either suicide or murder)

- Marc Bolan (T. Rex), died 09/16/77, age 29, car accident

- Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), died 12/08/04, age 34, murdered

- Keith Moon (The Who), died 09/07/78, age 32, prescription drug overdose

- John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), died 09/25/80, age 32, asphyxia (due to alcoholism)

- Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon), died 10/21/95, age 28, drug overdose