Listen: Chris Cornell covered Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and it's intense, haunting, and no joke.

On June 30, 2012, Chris Cornell (1964-2017), of Soundgarden and Audioslave fame, performed at the  Montreux Jazz Festival. With his haunting cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," Cornell does exactly what makes a cover great—he plays it as if he wrote it.

image (cropped): A&M Records publicity photo