Been Away Too Long

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"Been Away Too Long"
Single by Soundgarden
from the album King Animal
Released September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27)
Format Music download
Recorded February 2011 – August 2012
Genre Alternative metal, psychedelic rock
Length 3:36
Label Seven Four Entertainment/Republic Records
Writer(s) Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd
Producer(s) Adam Kasper
Soundgarden singles chronology
"Live to Rise"
"Been Away Too Long"
"By Crooked Steps"
King Animal track listing
"Been Away Too Long"
(Track 1)
"Non-State Actor"
(Track 2)
"By Crooked Steps"
(Track 3)

"Been Away Too Long" is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden, which is featured on their sixth studio album King Animal (2012) as its opening track. It was released as the album's first single.[1] The song is featured in EA Sports NHL 14. The song is also featured in Season 5 of Sons of Anarchy.


Billboard describes "Been Away Too Long" as being "Built around a heavy snarl of a Kim Thayil riff" that "features frontman Chris Cornell bestowing rock fans with more unbridled energy".[2] Music critic Rick Florino referred to the song as "everything rock 'n' roll fans at large have been waiting for." [3]


Chart (2012) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 93
Canada: Active Rock[5] 3
Canada: Alternative Rock[6] 16
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[7] 16
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[8] 17
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[9] 1
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[10] 5

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States[11] September 28, 2012 Digital download


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