Best Pearl Jam Songs

The Top Ten Best Pearl Jam Songs

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!

Absolutely amazing melancholic song, it's beautiful in every way.

2 Even Flow

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

great riff and amazing vocal from Eddie

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.

A complete Pearl Jam song from their best album, Black is a good song but it's overrated and over-played. Awesome lyrics by Eddie with a super catchy chorus, True Grunge

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..

Clearly I remember picking up this song
Seemed so flawless and it rocked

this is one of the greatest songs ever written

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.

4 Alive

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

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

best pearl jam song ..should be at the no. 1 position ...

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!

5 Better Man

this song is really good - it is about abusive relationships

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

Not my favorite, but I had to vote to comment. For some reason I used to think this was a shortende version of black

The Guitar in this one rules.

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

8 Release

I understand why their most popular songs are in the top spot, but this song from Out of the Furnace is definitely my number 1. The guitar in the beginning is so magical, along with everything else...

This should be with Black, in my opinion, because this is definitely a ballad as well..

This song is about Eddie finding out about his real dad, and I too found out my dad was actually my stepdad all this time and that I had never actually knew my biological dad, so this song is the one song of all time that really resonates with me deep and heartfelt. But aside from any personal connection, the song is productionally a masteriece in its atmospheric building, simplistic instumental style and perfectly crafted lyrics. Release builds up to become such an amazing outburst of human feeling; a song of true words from the heart. All you have to do is listen to any live versions of this song, and you'll understand how magical it truly is, not just to Eddie and the band members, but to the audience who break out into becoming louder than Eddie himself on a microphone. Pearl Jam have a large arsenal of universally hard-hitting songs, but Release is by far their biggest bullet. An absolute gem of a creation

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!

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.

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

10 Once

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

Got to be a hip cool dude who is tough to like it best

The Newcomers

? Gonna See My Friend
? Comatose

The Contenders

11 Corduroy

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

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.

Hands down favorite pearl jam song. I have dozens of other songs that fight for a spots in the top ten but this easily stands above them all, on record and live.

12 Last Kiss

sweet blue love song :) this is dope

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.

13 State 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

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.

Best grunge song ever...

The UNPLUGGED Mtv version fills you with joy

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

15 Animal

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!

How is this not in the top ten, in the top ten they have better man what...SHE LIES AND SAYS THAT SHE>>>>>>>can't FIND A BETTER MAN >>>>>OK?

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

Explicit lyrics. Five against one

16 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!

17 Nothingman

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

18 Given to Fly

Wow. This song moves me from where I am to where I want to be. Thanks

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.

19 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.

"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.

20 Porch

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

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.

Why isn't this song in the top ten? What? They play it at almost every concert its so epic!

21 Elderly 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.

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.

Love to sing to this song, especially live

22 Sad

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.

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

This is hands down the best Pearl Jam song

What is this song doing down here?

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.

24 Insignificance

It got it all.

25 Just 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..

I saw this songs live at Rock Werchter, one of the best performances I ever saw

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"

27 Oceans

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

MTV unplugged version is amazing, short but great

Is there any song in the world with a similar vibe?

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

29 Go

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.

What a belter of a track

30 Rival

Most underrated Pearl Jam song!

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!

32 Garden

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"

From the odd ducks to timeless underrated diamonds in my 25 years listening: Garden & Ocean. Ten is pure magic, no other PJ album even comes close. And although once this was largely disappointing, I now understand a true masterpiece just cannot be matched. It’s PJ’s Nevermind.

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

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.

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!

34 Rats

A somewhat obscure song, but one that captures a mood and feeling unlike any other I’ve ever heard. You could visualize rats congregating from the guitar sound and other touches. Creepily fun.

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

35 Getaway

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.

The best Song since 2000. Fantastic Song!

Fantastic

36 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!

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

37 Dissident

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.

Best lead ever! I can't believe this isn't in the top 10 much less the top 20. This also makes it the most underrated Pearl Jam song of all time.
Come on: "She had to turn around" and then mcreedy goes in and absolutely dominates.

Please vote this up where it belongs. This is a top 20 for all fans... Likely top 10.

38 Off He Goes

No Code is such an under rated album. Brilliant song from a fantastic album

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?

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

Talk about underrated, this is a beautiful song

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

40 Present Tense

The way the music picks up its just mind blowing. Best song to listen while driving. Beautiful song.

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.

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.

41 Parachutes

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

42 Inside Job

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

Best of all!

43 Satan's Bed
44 Glorified G

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

45 Red Mosquito

One of the best songs of PJ... Don't know why it's so low... Should be in top 10.

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.

Such an inspiring song!

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

47 Hail, Hail

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.

Easily in the top 3 best Pearl Jam songs ever!

Great lyrics, deserves more recognition.

48 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.

49 Unemployable

Love this song so much

50 Around the Bend

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

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