Best Pearl Jam Albums

The Top Ten
1 Ten

Has to be, really, despite the predictability of the choice. They have produced so much great music since, but nothing quite as consistently powerful and beautiful as this. One of the most moving albums I've ever heard. Magnificent.

I hate going with the popular opinion, but this really is their best album. Not that they haven't put out great albums since - they definitely have, all of them are great. But this is still their best.

Ten dominated the radio at its time. Without this album, Pearl Jam would not be nearly as popular. Even if other albums sound better, this one was the most influential.

2 Vs.

Leash is the best song in the history of mankind! This album is genius and the best album to date.

Leash, Glorified G, Go, Animal, Daughter, Dissident, Blood, Rearviewmirror, Rats, and Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town. I mean, every one of those songs kicks ass.

Raw and raging. No other PJ album comes close to the flat-out clarity of rock that this is. No other album will ever come close. This smokes Ten by a mile. Totally came out with a different jam and blew me away.

Not an easy call! Their first three albums are all fantastic (and No Code is right behind them), but this is my favorite. At least today - ask me tomorrow and it may be Ten or Vitalogy.

3 Vitalogy
4 Yield

The peak of their music as far as I'm concerned. Fantastic album and the only post-Vs. album that matches the greatness of the first two albums.

This was their last good album. Late Pearl Jam is boring. They play fast and it doesn't sound right.

An album that can be listened to from beginning to end and will never leave you disappointed.

5 No Code

So underrated it's sad. It's a masterpiece. Every song is amazing and hits you hard. Overall, a better album than Yield and Vitalogy. If you are hesitant to listen, I urge you to. Easy top three. Maybe higher.

Perhaps their most inventive, more all-round album. Totally underrated.

6 Pearl Jam

My favorite Pearl Jam album! Start to finish. Never get tired of any songs, even after repetitive listening.

Awesome! Very energetic! If you're sick of Pearl Jam ballads, listen to this album!

Among their ten original studio albums, the Avocado album is PJ's tenth best.

7 Binaural

This album is better than all others except maybe Pearl Jam and Ten. This album has the songs Insignificance, Grievance, Rival, Light Years, and NAIS. I could go on all day about how good and underrated this album is.

This album is criminally underrated. Not my absolute favorite, but close to it. I think Ten and Vs. are better, but Binaural is pretty damn close. It's a shame it didn't do better.

This should be at number four! I can't believe it's actually below the Avocado album. I hate that album. It's so political. Binaural - let's get it to number five, maybe even number four.

8 Backspacer

Every bit as good as Vitalogy, but not as mainstream when released. This is the beginning of their new, happier direction. Great album, should be number four.

So many powerful songs and a bunch of slower songs. A great combination, and every song is so good.

Among their ten original studio albums, Backspacer is PJ's third best.

9 Lightning Bolt

Amazingly underrated album. I'd rank it as their second greatest, only behind Ten.

The singles are great, but like many fantastic albums, the gems can be found in the so-called "fillers." The whole album is great, and the best tracks are "Getaway," "My Father's Son," and "Infallible" (which may just be Eddie's best work lyrically).

I think this album is being overlooked because it was released 22 years after Ten. This means that the masses will really just think of it as an addition to the band's catalogue and not an addition to their greatest work. Lightning Bolt is easily up there with the band's big three: Ten, Vs., and Vitalogy.

10 Lost Dogs

So underrated. It deserves to be in the top five.

The Contenders
11 Riot Act

This album is amazing. Thumbing My Way and Save You are great. Also, the Avocado album is underrated too.

This album is the closest thing to a masterpiece Pearl Jam has ever released.

12 Gigaton
13 Dark Matter
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