Wednesday Question: Best Pearl Jam Song Ever

What are the best Pearl Jam songs? Post your nominations in the comments for a chance to appear in our top 10 this week.

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Pearl Jam will release their tenth studio album "Lightning Bolt" in October.

It's amazing to think this band continue to perform and record over two decades since their formation. They started out as a key member of the Seattle grunge movement, then rose to international stardom as alternative rock smashed into the mainstream (largely thanks to bands like them, Nirvana and Soundgarden).

Some have called them sell-outs, but others recognize their defiance against the music industry. But with so many great songs in their catalogue, which are the best

That's what has prompted this weeks Wednesday question:

What are the best Pearl Jam songs ever?

Post one nomination per comment, and upvote those you agree with. It's great to post a YouTube link to songs you like so other readers can hear them without leaving the page.

We'll be wrapping up your results in a grunge-tastic top 10 list on Friday.

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    Yellow ledbetter, that opening guitar riff just invites your ears to absolute pleasure
    Did all three of us really just synch minds and post that at the exact same time? You Sir, have good taste
    Yellow Leadbetter!! So good live too
    im actually a little surprised i had to scroll down this far til someone nominated this. easily my favorite.
    Black unplugged, I've got tears in my eyes every single time.
    "we belong! we belong! we belong together!!!!" that line should've been in the original recording. that line made the unplugged version much more powerful.
    The whole of Ten is just amazing. I love all their later stuff, but every track on that album is great. Impossible to say but I'd have to go with Alive, although I did love Even Flow and Black.
    This has to win. Absolute masterpiece. 1st song that really got me into Pearl Jam.
    Yellow Ledbetter. Everything about that song floors me every time I listen.
    Including the lyrics that Eddie doesn't even know? lol. Love the song though.
    Although it's a great song, it has, like many signature songs, become a cliche. I hope we might have a more original choice for the #1 spot, but this'll probably win it anyway.
    Yeah but we have to make a choice...and I think that if you don't know Alive you don't know Pearl Jam!
    True enough. I just dislike signature songs, because often people who don't know PJ only know Alive. Plus they are rarely the best: Metallica wrote better than NEM, RATM did better than Killing in the Name, REM most certainly did better than Everybody Hurts. But still, Alive stays interesting much more than Smells Like Teen Spirit or Nothing Else Matters, so I'm not mad.
    That is the song I immediately think of when talking of Pearl Jam. But today my vote goes to YELLOW LEDBETTER
    Black Unplugged
    which reminds me, they should've included the "We belong together" in the original recording. the unplugged version sounded more powerful because of that line.
    Pearl Jam's best song is the one in where Eddie sings in English.
    So... pretty much anything other than Yellow Ledbetter.
    Even Flow will get a bunch of votes and i like it as well but to be honest with you i have no idea what he is saying in the verses!and the chorus goes... "Even Flow... na na na na, butterflies!..." so yeah...
    Do The Evolution
    Absolutely a great song because of it's energy! It's the rage of an animal trying to rationalize it's ridiculous behaviour.
    Alive will take the victory, but personally my favourite is Deep. The balls out vibe of the song is brutal. There is no weak song on Ten though...
    it has to be black - no question. and the unplugged version is a prime example of how good it is - even stripped down.
    If Black doesn't win this there's something wrong. Black easily stands out for me.
    Black is probably the only song that I have to crank up when it comes on the radio. I honestly hope it wins, too.
    i love alive but my vote goes to elderly woman behind the counter in a small town.
    I always found this to be my personal favorite.
    Holy shit, is this a re-worked version of Temple of the dog - times of trouble? Love it, love the harmonica too, but going up against cornell, eddie will always have a battle.
    Stone Gossard wrote this song. "Footsteps" was created when the band send some instrumentals to Eddie Vedder for him to record over as a means of auditioning for the band. "times of trouble" is just the same song with cornell's lyrics and melody. They were both made about the same time, "footsteps" just was released later.
    I hope Indifference makes top 10. But posting this late, how much difference does it make?