Best Pearl Jam Songs

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1Black

"Now I hold the broken glass, of what was everything"... Amazing. So deep, and emotional, and REAL. Makes me feel alive every time I hear it. I wish they had more songs like this.

Black is by far the most emotionally powerful song I have heard. It touches your soul and your emotions flows with the beats and vocals. This song becomes the integral part of my feelings, like it is being played within my head, my head moves uncontrollably with the beats and eyes remains closed. Truly magical!

the most beautiful lyrics ever written: I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a sun in somebody else's sky, but why Why, why can't it be, can't it be mine
truly heartbraking!

All time favorite

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2Even Flow

has everything a song needs: nice vocal part, guitar, bass, nice drum beat... GOD! EVEN FLOW!

great riff and amazing vocal from Eddie - sharm7064

This is the true Grunge Song From Pearl Jam How on earth is this not no one

Plus if any song was going to be ahead of this one then why is it Black? Last Kiss is the only song that could be better than Even Flow.

Listening to it on the radio right now. Enjoying every moment of it. This one sure is a head banger! - matty925

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3Jeremy

This song never grows old for me. I first heard this when I was a child from my brothers. I envy their music generation. I just wish for the kids today to appreciate it too..

this is one of the greatest songs ever written - Marcopwnzatdrums

I think this is their second best song all time behind Even Flow. The only reason is vote for Jeremy is because I thought it might go higher. Still though, even if people might disagree with the order, the top 4 song here are Pearl Jam's best song. These song are all on one album, is just unbelievable.
This is a side note but I am proud to share my birthday with Eddy Vedder. December 23 is awesome.

Has the best music video ever, I really want to learn that bass solo

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4Alive

I like it the best. Jeremy is second. Look up alive on SNL and you will see the most amazing video ever. - 2234

Eddie vedder words are speaking to my soul, I become shiver when I hear this song.

The original and still the best. The song that IS Pearl Jam. Still get goose bumps today when I hear it, just like the first time I heard it 24 years ago! Pure brilliance!

My favorite song with a great guitar solo

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5Better Man

This song means the world to me. Can't express it really. Listening to it right now with tears in my eyes.

This song is a pure delight.. Eddies lyrics and the two parts of the song (starting easy and then evolving in the second part) that add the needed rising of tention on what the lyrics are all about... Its perefect connection between music and lyrics.. And if you see them live in interpration... This is what PJ are all about! - larisalesnik

Favorite song by Pearl Jam then comes last kiss and yellow ledbetter

I just love when Eddie lets the crowd sing.

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6Yellow Ledbetter

The whole song is just fun. Can't believe how mainstream this list is too thank god black is #1 or I'd wanna hunt the author down.

Pure perfection. Sounds like eddies drunk whenever he sings this, haha

Try playing the opening guitar part! Don't understand what vedder is saying half the time in this, but with an opening like that... It doesn't matter.

Don't know how some people consider this song "fun". It's a song about losing your brother in a war, but hey... Whatever floats your boat. The song is pure emotion within the guitar and vocals.

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7Daughter

Classic Pearl Jam in everyway. Its hard to make a list of the ten best anything, but I'm glad to see that many of their best songs are represented on this list.

Incredible vocals, great guitar part, really goes to show how amazing Pearl Jam was. Inspiration from this song is tremendous.

Fantastic tune, one of my favorite entrances of any song (the drumming in the beginning). Always sill be my favorite.

This song has so much value to me

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8Rearviewmirror

The best songs by Pearl Jam are the songs done well live, and "Rearviewmirror" translates well on stage. It's brimming with energy and progresses to an awesome climax. Works well live, even more so than "Given to Fly".

I can't relate to any song as much as I can this one, as iv'e lived through the pain of childhood abuse. This beautifully captures exactly how I feel and the build up in this song, is the best out of any song - ever! Towards the end it sounds like it's going to explode. Pearl Jam's #1 in my opinion.

So much emotion and energy on this song. Starts out with an amazingly catchy riff, then builds to a climax with Eddie Vedder's vocals on this song being one of his best ever. - NorwegianWood

It's really catchy, has great meaning and perfect lyrics. What's not to love?

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9Corduroy

Ooh... Such a good song, really its fantastic I think the best from vitalogy and one of the best from Pearl Jam, the intro, the verse and chorus are fantastic, great works in the guitar and the lyrics are awesome... Corduroy its full of energy, the first time I heard it I thought it would be special and it this, excellent song long live Pearl Jam!

:-O! Can't believe that this song is SO bloody low in the list.. When it's so loaded with meaningful lyrics and originality! This 1 deserves being in the top 5

Shocking position for a song that should easily make the top 5

I think it goes without saying that this is the best Pearl Jam song

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10Release

This song stands above the rest of Pearl Jam's work. The goosebumps experienced listening to this song are unreal.

An astonishing, beautiful album closer to Ten. Despite all the brilliance elsewhere on the album, and all the much-more-famous songs, this the pinnacle. A heartbreaking exploration of Eddie's feelings for his dead father, and one of the most beautiful pieces of music in rock history.

Tears, smiles, anger, oh... And the joy, simply one of the greatest songs ever - it has every emotion... Amplified!

This song is my personal favourite of Pearl Jam.

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11Last Kiss

A truly bittersweet memory that shows PJ can be as intelligent as anything out there and touches the soul unlike much of the new crap being force-fed to us. Last Kiss is as real as it gets.

You can just hear the pain... The lyrics are sweet and innocent and the whole band just plays this masterpiece perfectly

That song just triggers such emotions it makes me wanna cry, it's a beautiful song that really makes you feel pain deep in your heart and even thought you also feel happiness and joy.

It's my favorite song

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12State of Love and Trust

Listen to the MTV Unplugged version of this, and then argue that this isn't the best Pearl Jam song. Vedder's vocals are top class, and the instrumental is extremely underrated

The UNPLUGGED Mtv version fills you with joy

It takes me to a place filled with excitement

Um... This is good!

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13Immortality

I am very much enjoying this song when;
1. I need time alone
2. I feel like a chill out.
3. I feel like listening to an awesome song.

The instrumentals of this song are amazing. Pearl Jam for me is a perfect mix of protrusive messages and imminent shivers down your spine. This song is just the epitome of just that. - kmanns

"A truant finds home and a wish to hold on to
But saw the trapdoor in the sun, immortality, " Some of the most amazing lyrics ever.

Amazingly deep with super haunting guitar solo. Pure genius for sure

This one took me a while to get into, but now it's one of my favorites. - Songsta41

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14Why Go

How is this song so low on the list? Most remember the more commercial songs from this album, but this song is among their best.

I hear Jeff Ammette's Girlfriend every second I listen to this song! I dono why this song is number 38!?! It must have been in top 10...

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15Once

It is an amazing song. Beautiful bass and guitar lines, the drummer plays very strong, Eddy is a real Front man

This song deserves a higher ranking. an amazing start to a great album, filled with emotion

"ONCE! Upon a time..."
This song is so powerful in the chorus! It should be in the top 10! - paolo95

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16Nothingman

I am surprised this song is not listed in top tens! Deserves its place right up there.

Deserves to be in the top 10 at least.
Great song, Vedder proves again why he's one of the better singers.

I can listen to this song everyday.it never gets old for me.

The number one. Such a beautiful song

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17Elderly Woman Behind the Counter In a Small Town

Very deep voice by the greatest singer of all time-Eddie vedder. He really brings power to a very dull song. A masterpiece.

My absolutely favorite Pearl Jam. It makes you reflect on life and reliaze how far or not you have come.

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18Just Breathe

How is this not in the top ten?
This song always makes me think of the movie "Into the wild" because of its similarity to the song "Guaranteed"

Why is this song so low? It's one of their best songs! Even Willie Nelson made a cover of it. The lyrics are amazing, this, Jeremy and Black are my favourite PJ songs!

23? Oh come on people... It's a good song and definitely deserves to be in the top ten..

On of their best songs of all time no doubt

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19Given to Fly

The energy in this song is contagious. Just one of the those songs that makes you want to move. I could listen to this song, and this song only forever.

Its such an inspiring song that lifts you every time you hear it. The ways Vedder builds slowly up to the chorus then lets it all go... Gets to me every time.

Amazing song!

Can't believe not in the top ten, powerful song. Yield is an amazing album.

This must be at least in the top 10

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20Garden

Really shows why Pearl Jam are pioneers of the seattle grunge scene. Lyrically and every other aspect of the song is beautifully rendered. Classic.

"I will walk with my hands... Bound"

I really appreciate the "screw off" attitude of this song. Sure, it's about death, but there's nothing more insanely badass than telling god off and walking into death knowing that you may not have an afterlife.

In my opinio garden is the best pearl jam song ever, because its a great song and shows why eddy vedders voice is so great, you are right in saying it is the most underrated song by pearl jam and oceans and elderly women behind the counter in a small town should be way higher

Best song on the album, the most dynamically contrasted, contains the best riffs and has the deepest lyrics

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