The 10 Best Stone Temple Pilots Songs of All-Time
In 1989, lead vocalist Scott Weiland, brothers Dean DeLeo (guitarist) and Robert DeLeo (bassist), and Eric Kretz drummer) formed the American alternative hard rock band known as Stone Temple Pilots. Hailing from San Diego, California, the band’s primary roster remained unchanged until Weiland was fired in 2013. Briefly replacing him was Linkin’ Park’s Chester Bennington until 2015. Afterward, an audition was held in 2016 for a new lead vocalist and as of November 14, 2017, Stone Temple Pilots announced Jeff Gutt would be their man. Originally, Stone Temple Pilots started off as Mighty Joe Young, but after signing a record deal with Atlantic Records, they changed their name. The band’s debut album (Core) was released in 1992 and was a commercial success, which served as a great starting point for one of the most successful bands during the 1990s. Their success as a band continued until 2003 as each band member opted to pursue individual interests as performers.
It wasn’t until 2008 when Stone Temple Pilots reunited to do a reunion tour did they decide to go back to the recording studio and pick up where they left off as a band. The core members of the band remained together until February 27, 2013, when it was publicly announced Scott Weiland was fired by his bandmates as he went on tour with his solo band. This split led to a lawsuit, which was ultimately decided the three remaining members of Kretz and the DeLeo brothers have the legal right to continue using the band name of Stone Temple Pilots. With Weiland no longer part of the lineup, Chester Bennington of Linkin’ Park offered his one and only vocal talent to Stone Temple Pilot’s 2013 EP (High Rise) before opting out to stick with Linkin’ Park in 2015. Also in 2015, the former frontman of the band, Scott Weiland, was found dead on December 3rd due to an overdose caused by a mix of drugs and alcohol while on his bus tour in Minnesota. After his death, Stone Temple Pilots issued a statement, thanking him for his time with them despite the split and that he was “gifted beyond words”. For Stone Temple Pilots, the show goes on with Jeff Gutt as their new frontman. To date, the band has released a total of 8 studio albums, 2 live albums, 3 compilation albums, 22 music videos, an EP, and 34 singles.
In 1994, the promotional single (Unglued) peaks at #8 with the US Billboard Rock Chart, #16 with the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, and #64 with Canada’s Singles Chart 100. The Stone Temple Pilots performed this song to promote the release of their upcoming album (Purple) on the David Letterman Show in December 1994. While it seems to be a minor hit for the band, it is still played often from radio stations, music clubs, and among the fans. Unglued is the final song Scott Weiland performed live before he died.
9. Dancing Days
On March 14, 1995, from Atlantic Records, they release a collaborative album (Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin) where the Stone Temple Pilots are among the contributing bands. Their performance of the single (Dancing Days) earns a #3 spot on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, #11 with the US Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart, #46 in Canada, and #63 with the US Hot 100 Airplay Chart.
8. Sour Girl
Released on October 26, 1999, is the album (No. 4) and the single (Sour Girl) chart as high as #3 on the US Billboard Alternative Airplay and at #4 with US Billboard Mainstream Rock. It sees #66 with Australia’s ARIA Chart and it is only song from the discographic portfolio from Stone Temple Pilots to realize a US Billboard Hot 100 spot, which was placed at #78.
7. Big Empty
The second album (Purple) was officially released on June 7, 1994. The single (Big Empty) achieves commercial success on the charts by ranking as high as #3 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, #7 with the US Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart, #47 with New Zealand’s Recorded Music Chart, #50 with the US Hot 100 Airplay Chart, and #63 with the Australian ARIA Chart.
6. Between the Lines
On May 25, 2010, Stone Temple Pilots release the first of their self-titled albums, which is also the last they’d record with Atlantic Records. The single (Between the Lines) reaches #1 with the US Billboard Rock Chart and the US Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart. It reached #2 on the US Mainstream Rock Chart and #3 on the US Hot Airplay Chart. With the Canadian Singles Chart, Between the Lines peaks at #50.
5. Big Bang Baby
Stone Temple Pilots release their 1996 album (Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop) and the single (Big Bang Baby) proves to be the most commercially successful from its song list. With the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, it peaks to #1 and with the US Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart at #2. In Canada, Big Bang Baby reaches #18, and with the US Hot 100 Airplay Chart at #23. Australia sees the single reach #37.
The 1994 album (Purple) features the single (Vasoline), which charts as high as #1 with the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and #2 with the US Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart. Elsewhere in the world, Vasoline peaks at #21 in Canada, #24 in Australia, #28 in New Zealand, #38 with the US Hot 100 Airplay, and #48 in the UK. It’s one of the hottest rock songs of the decade.
The Stone Temple Pilots release their debut album (Core) in 1992, and in 1993 the single (Creep) realizes a solid appearance throughout the music charts. The US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart ranked Creep at #2 while it sees #12 with the US Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart and the US Billboard Rock Chart. New Zealanders rank Creep at #24, Canadians rank it at #45 and Australians take it to #76. The US Hot 100 Airplay peaked Creep at #59.
2. Interstate Love Song
In 1994, the single (Interstate Love Song) peaks at #1 with the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, #2 with the US Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart, #9 with US Billboard Rock Chart, #18 on the US Hot Airplay Chart, #20 in Canada, #47 in New Zealand, and #50 in the UK and Australia. Interstate Love Song comes from the Stone Temple Pilots’ second album (Purple), which was officially released on June 7, 1994.
Through Stone Temple Pilot’s 1992 album (Core), the single (Plush) has proven to be their most commercially successful hit of all time. Thanks to the fans, this song from the group charted on the most amount of the world-class music charts. With US Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart, it reached #1. With the US Billboard Rock Chart, it peaks at #7 and with the US Hot Airplay Chart at #39. Elsewhere, Plush peaked at #9 with US Billboard Alternative Airplay, #17 with the Dutch, #18 in Sweden, #21 in Canada, #23 in New Zealand and the UK, and #47 in Australia.
Nice write up but I have to disagree with most of these. Just doesn’t work going by the charts. Dancing Days is not even their song. I’ll give you Sour Girl just based on it charting the highest of all the songs in their catalog. Replace Dancing Days, Big Bang Baby, Creep, Unglued, and Between The Lines with Dead and Bloated, Wicked Garden, Sex Type Thing, Still Remains, and Silvergun Superman – and there’s the STP top 10.