Guns N' Roses' tribute performance to late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell during their Slane show last month has taken the number one spot on US music publication Billboard's Facebook Live video chart for May.

Following Cornell's tragic death in the US on May 18, Guns N' Roses performed the Soundgarden classic Black Hole Sun in tribute at Slane on May 27 - the Irish opening date of their European tour. 

Chris Cornell

The band posted two-and-a-half minutes of the cover on Facebook Live with the caption: "This one's for you Chris."

According to media analytics company Shareablee, the video received 162,000 reactions and was also watched 3.3m times and shared 39,000 times in its first seven days.

Both Seattle natives, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Cornell performed together with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2015 as part of a re-jigged line-up of the supergroup Mad Season.

Following the tribute to Cornell at Slane, Irish fans took to Twitter, describing the rendition of Black Hole Sun as "awesome" and "special".

Despite the heavy rainfall on the day, over 80,000 fans travelled to Slane Castle to witness Guns N' Roses' return to the legendary venue. They first played there in 1992.