These Are Some of the Best Albums Pearl Jam Ever Produced

A popular grunge-rock band that first emerged in the Seattle music scene in 1990, Pearl Jam has since produced 11 studio albums and sold in excess of 80 million albums worldwide. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, the band was founded by lead singer Eddie Vedder, bassist Jeff Ament, rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard, lead guitarist Mike McCready, and drummer Dave Krusen. Others to have been part of the band include Jack Irons, Matt Cameron, and Dave Abbruzzese.

Pearl Jam is best known for singles including “Better Man,” “Given to Fly,” “Even Flow,” “Jeremy,” and “Alive,” the latter three of which appeared on the band’s debut album Ten. The 1991 album was voted Pearl Jam’s best album in a 2013 Rolling Stone readers’ poll. Below is a look at Ten and five other iconic Pearl Jam albums.

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Ten

Released under the Epic Records label, Ten became the 22nd full-length album to exceed the 10 million mark in album sales in 2013. This is according to Nielsen SoundScan, which began tracking sales figures in 1991. Other albums that reached the mark before Ten include Usher’s Confessions, Shania Twain’s Come On Over, and Adele’s 21.

Vitalogy

Despite these problems, Vitalogy is a powerful and often aggressive record that blends the band’s grunge roots with an alternative rock sound. The radio-friendly “Better Man,” which Vedder wrote years before the band was formed, spent eight weeks atop the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Other notable songs on the album include “Nothingman” and “Corduroy,” the latter of which highlights Vedder’s resentment as the poster child for Generation X.

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