Best Pearl Jam Songs


The Top Ten

1 Black

"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!

Learn How to spell. And its "I know you'll be a star, not a sun..."

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2 Even Flow

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

I still only understand about 10% of the lyrics to this. - truckturner

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.

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3 Jeremy

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, for me, is their best song. Such a moving and powerful song about an issue that is all too prevalent in schools around the world. Great musicianship by the band, and cracking vocals from Eddie.

Even Flow is awesome to most people because of the rock tune...but Jeremy is an epic balad, like Release, in my opinion.

Musically superior to Even FLow.

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4 Alive

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

The best song I knew until 1997 when I heard Honeyscrew.

The best song on the list - mightyman711

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

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5 Better Man

this song is really good - it is about abusive relationships - idolangelx13

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

Masterpiece, best pearl jam song in my opinion

This is one of the greatest songs ever written. The rhythm is just magical. This song set the tone for rock in late 90s and early 00s.

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6 Daughter

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 should be at least 5th amazing acoustic and lyrics we all know this song is the best from VS!

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7 Yellow 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.

Top 3 for sure

The Guitar in this one rules. -

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

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8 Release

Should be right under Jeremy and Black. Amazing guitar and vocals.

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

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

No question, his best studio vocal performance.

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9 Rearviewmirror

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

The guitar beat is so catchy and I never get bored of this song. I've kinda gotten bored of Jeremy and Even Flow, but I still love this one. This is my favorite, followed by Animal

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10 Last Kiss

sweet blue love song :) this is dope

The fact that this isn't higher should be considered a crime

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.

This song just grabs the heart.

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The Contenders

11 Corduroy

I LOVE Pearl Jam. But this song is easily my favorite. Eddie sings with passion and the sound of the instruments coming together easily makes this the best off their song list.

Best Pearl Jam song for me. Should be on top 3.

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

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12 Once

Best riff on the album

This is the middle song of the mamason trilogy. I hope I can see them play all 3 of these together. THAT would be magical

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

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13 State of Love and Trust

love this

so good

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

Listen to the MTV Unplugged or the edition of this that was on the Singles soundtrack. It's one that fills you up with whatever you need to feel.

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14 Why 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.

This is one of my top five Pearl jam songs, along with Jeremy, Black, Even flow and Alive

Top 10 must be.

Great song on a great album

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15 Animal

Amazing. 2nd favourite after Once

Explicit lyrics. Five against one

Incredible live. Ridiculous energy. Not as epic as Alive but so energetic and great to head bang and just generally go wild to! Potentially my favourite Pearl Jam track! Needs to be in the top 10!

Top ten worthy. Great song. Possibly the best live PJ song, besides Alive and Evenflow.

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16 Nothingman



Because it is meaningful, beautiful, moving... just as much as a song of this kind of style could ask...

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

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17 Given 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!

I scream, I can't take this much energy

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

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18 Leash

So happy. I definitely thought this was going to be lower. This, in my opinion, is the best song off of Vs. It has energy, good wah-wah effects. And Eddie is so energetic in this great 90's grunge song from the best band in the world.

One of the most energetic songs from pearl jam. Eddie's vocals are excelent here, it feels like he transmits the teenage spirit, the spirit of the youth. Makes you wanna jump, mosh and scream out loud!
Drop the leash, we are young!

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19 Porch

Underrated Masterpiece.

The MTV Unplugged performance of this song changed everything for me when it comes to music. I was absolutely mesmerized by the passion and energy that Vedder brought to this song during that performance. That performance alone is without a doubt my all time favorite from PJ. Just phenomenal.

Completely rocking and under appreciated song on an incredible album.

Needs to be higher in the list. So much energy in this song! The best part is the end

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20 Immortality

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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21 Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town

Beautiful song so heartfelt...

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

First song I ever heard by Pearl Jam. Immediately fell in love from the first three seconds of this song. Just a great song.

Should be in the top ten. It is one you just want to sing along with. Great lyrics.

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22 Sad

Wish this was released officially, it has powerful vocals with deep meaning and still is up beat. As the song keeps going, it gets more epic

Pearl Jam never should have rejected this song from Binaural. Even though it didn't really fit the style of the album, this song does not deserve to be a B-side. - Songsta41

This is hands down the best Pearl Jam song - Insignificance

What is this song doing down here?

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23 Brain of J.

Awesome riff full of energy! This song deserves a higher position! It gives me chills just playing it

How is this song not #1? The chorus is amazing! I listened to this song almost 20 times the first day I heard it. - InPillForm

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24 Just Breathe

Love this one! best acoustic

The lyrics grab my heart and holds it through every beat - Sandra at Country Line Magazine

Should be higher

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"

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25 Insignificance

It got it all.

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26 Grievance

Will forever be my favorite song."for every tool they lend us
A loss of independence
I pledge my grievance to the flag
Cause you don't give blood then take it back again"

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27 Oceans

Greatest PJ song ever

Probably the best song they've ever made.

First song I heard of pearl jam, I listened to a lot of their other songs since, but to me, this one is still the best

Love love love this song. Their mtv unplugged performance is sublime

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28 Indifference

Every time I hear this song, It reminds me of KURT COBAIN... He was eddie's friend. The two legendary musicians of Grunge music... It's really an amazing song... Smooth, melodious and full of pureness.. The lyrics is also outstanding... In one word AWESOME!

Sheer magic! It makes you realize that in a world where the news is dominated by war and violence, you shouldn't get numb and look the other way. Besides getting the message across it's a wonderful atmospheric song.

Incredibly powerful

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29 Go

What a belter of a track

Absolute monster of an opening song. The drums are about as savage as they get. I can't believe this song is so low on the list. Perfect opening track for Vs.

Beast of an opening song. Gets the heart racing. Brings back memories of when I first listened to Vs.

All of their songs are good. One cannot simply choose one.

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30 Rival

Most underrated Pearl Jam song!

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31 Breath

The best version is on their greatest hits albums and it is truly awesome. The most underrated pearl jam track.

Ten is a great album, but it never gets credit for fantastic bonus tracks like Breath.

Cool instrumental

One of a song! - mohamedhassan

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32 Garden

This must go up

Pff...22. Surely this has to be higher. Top 5 for me. Jeremy number 1. Daughter 2 and alive 3

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"

Favorite PearlJam song. The solo is AMAZING too.

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33 Life Wasted

Why the hell is it so low! Listen to the words. Jesus!

The lyrics are so perfect...

C’mom guys, should be WAAY higher!

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34 Rats

This is a goofy song, not Ina very good way, more cringe worthy, does not belong on any best of list.

Best song ever. The lyrics is perfect and overall, well wow!

Best bass line in history. I would like Eddie to be more aggressive on this one - Insignificance

Should be higher on the list, definitely.

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35 World Wide Suicide

Man, this should at the very least be in the top 20. I just rediscovered this song recently and I can't get enough of it! - sivart

Can�'t believe it's so down! Very powerful great song..!

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36 Getaway

The best Song since 2000. Fantastic Song!


Incredible tune... Best track on Lightening Bolt. I think this song is as good as any of the material in their earlier days if not better. Very powerful lyric and drumming is spectacular. As always the emotion by Vedder is unparalleled. Surprised the music hasn't been adopted by Bill Maher's show.

Definitely best song on Lightning Bolt. I love the message. Rails against those who attempt to force their beliefs and lifestyles onto others. "Simon says stand up, sit down, you're out"

Should be at least top 15.

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37 Dissident

Didn't like it at first but a real grower. Love it now

Come on people! 44... 44? I've always loved PJ but this is their first song that I couldn't stop listening to. McCready's ability to express despair with that weeping guitar lead is on display here and really what drives this song. Love the riff during the verse too. Perfectly compliments Vedder's tone. Kind of masks the seriousness of what's about to go down. I imagine that's how the dissident probably felt before he was turned over. Elated and unaware until he gets slammed with crushing despair realizing the one he loves most has betrayed him.

This is the only Pearl Jam song I've ever done Karaoke to. As a matter of fact, it's only the second song I've ever done Karaoke to. And, I remember when I was singing it, there were two people in the audience, a guy and a girl, not together, that were singing along, but singing heartedly and I felt connected to them. Like we were only 3 people in the bar that had ever really experienced Pearl Jam's best song ever.

Top 10 Pearl Jam song. Come on.

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38 Off He Goes

Am I the only one who notices that Justin Bieber's Somebody to Love is based on (whether it was intentional or not) the tune after the second chorus of this song? - Songsta41

Great melody and nostalgic mood creator of a song...

Talk about underrated, this is a beautiful song

Superb track, very underrated.

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39 Love Boat Captain

So powerful in a gentle subtle way, just like a woman

Really catchy song with tragic meaning

Best Pearl Jam song by a mile!

Lovely song. Eddy Vedder expresses his emotions well regarding the Roskild incident

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40 Inside Job

Best of all!

This is such a perfect song, that only gets better as it goes on. - Songsta41

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41 Present Tense

One of the most beautiful songs Pearl Jam has ever written, starts of with a really simplistic beginning and builds from there: a hidden gem on an under appreciated album

This really needs to be higher. It's a beautiful track that only true fans know, and if you don't know it, listen right away. - Songsta41

This is too important of a song. True PJ fans know that its coupling of Mike's expert guitar work and Ed's seemingly peerless lyricism/vocals make this share of greatness arguably their best song of all time.

This song is so beautiful and amazing! Hugely underrated and should be higher. This song has a lot of meannig that only Pearl Jam can convey in such artistry wy.

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42 Parachutes

Perfect blend of progressive rock and melancholy. I'm surprised it's down here vote man.

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44 Glorified G

The most underrated Pearl Jam song, this song has everything:
Awesome lyrics
Awesome Riff
Awesome Vocals - Quemero

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46 Unthought Known

The Lyrics, The Rising Sensation Rhythm, The drum beat, And Eddie Vedder's voice in this song. For me this is definitely Top 1.

Feel the sky blanket you, with gems and rhinestones, see the path cut by the moon for you to walk on.
Those lyrics in itself explain why this is my #4 favorite pearl jam song and should be way higher. - Songsta41

Such an inspiring song!

This song definitely enters top five for me.
Great songs.
AWESOME lyrics.

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47 Hail, Hail

Bananas this is so low.

Deserves to be in top20. Upvote.

WHAT? How can this song not be higher ranked? Just because its from one of their lesser known albums doesn't mean it's not their BEST SONG. Maybe people just haven't heard it? To think its lower ranked than crap like Blood... That's just sad. Grow up, people

Hail, Hail is an upbeat, catchy song that shouldn't be forgotten.

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48 Unemployable

Love this song so much

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49 Deep

Deep is perhaps the most unknown Ten track, but it is empowering and Eddie Vedder shows some serious range in Deep.

How is this #72? This song is classic!
I can see Eddie flailing around stage every time it listen to it.

Criminally under appreciated. One of the most powerful rock songs ever written

Even though it's a lesser track from Ten, it's on My Top 50 Songs of All Time. - Songsta41

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50 Around the Bend

I honestly love this song! Why the hell wasn't it here yet?!

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