Watch Pearl Jam's Best Covers, Including The Beatles, The Who And Neil Young

Since releasing their breakout album Ten (1991), the iconic grunge band Pearl Jam has recorded a long list of monster hits over the last 25 years, including Alive, Go and Spin the Black Circle. But they've also paid tribute to other music legends, with Eddie Vedder - who turns 52 today - adding a grunge twist to their lyrics.

In honor of his birthday - and his band's recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - here are Pearl Jam's ten best covers.

1. Fuckin' Up

It's no surprise that Pearl Jam's setlist often includes covers of Neil Young - the Godfather of Grunge. Check out their take on this garage rock throwback from the album Ragged Glory

2. Search and Destroy

The band has also paid tribute to Iggy Pop's proto-punk band The Stooges in concert. In 2011 concert, they offered fans a special treat by inviting fellow grunge alumnus Mud Honey onstage to sing a raw rendition of "Search and Destroy." 

"We practiced this right before the show, but that was two bottles of wine ago," Vedder cautioned fans before launching into the thrashing track.

3. Kick Out the Jams

The Stooges aren't the only Michigan-based rockers covered by Pearl Jam. The band has also blasted their fans' eardrums with a screeching version of MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" - including the song's iconic intro. "It's time to kick out the jams, mother fucker," Vedder screams before the song kicks in.

Check out this performance from a 2010 concert where Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters jumped onstage to rock the tambourine.

4. Whip It

Grunge bands are known for being depressed and apathetic. But Pearl Jam often breaks that stereotype by covering pop songs onstage, including Devo's 1980 hit "Whip It." In 2009, the band even dressed in Devo's signature plastic hats and jumpsuits. And Vedder gleefully cracked a whip during the song.

5. Comfortably Numb

To slow things down a bit during concerts, Pearl Jam sometimes plays mellow covers like this version of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb."

While playing an open-air gig, Vedder once said, "It just seems like a nice song for the outdoors...and for anybody tripping balls."

6. Little Wing

Another mellow groove that Vedder likes to croon is "Little Wing" by fellow Seattle rocker Jimi Hendrix.

7. I've Got a Feeling

Pearl Jam also takes requests from fans on occasion. While playing Fenway Park last summer, Vedder read a touching letter asking them to play a song in honor of the fan's deceased father. 

"We didn't agree on everything - and certainly not musically," the letter read. But there was one song that brought them together.

8. Gimme Some Truth

Pearl Jam has also covered solo Beatles' hits like John Lennon's plea for sanity in the 1971 song "Gimme Some Truth."

9. Baba O'Riley

Some bands get burned by covering iconic songs and embarrassing themselves by falling short of the original. But Pearl Jam arguably outdoes The Who with their cover of the anthemic hit "Baba O'Riley."

10. Rockin' in the Free World

For Pearl Jam, one of the highlights in their 25+ year career has to be that time in 1993 when they got to sing Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" alongside the Godfather of Grunge himself.

h/t Setlist.


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