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Your Top 5?

As a Pearl Jam Blogger I'm often asked what my favorite Pearl Jam song is.  My unwavering answer has always been "Black."  A much more difficult question though is, "what are your top 5 PJ songs."  It's hard enough to look over the discography and limit it to just 5 but what I've found more interesting as I've blog posted nearly the entire collection is that my top 5 songs change as my life does.

Like most people, I was a casual fan of Pearl Jam for years.  I always liked the music despite the fact that I had to mumble A LOT of the lyrics (Yellow Ledbetter anyone?).  One day I read the words to "Given To Fly."  From there I really started digging into a lot of the other songs and started to realize that the music I'd been mumbling along to for years was pure poetry.

Today, my top 5 are as follows:



Black – This is the song that put the Pearl Jam hook in me.  “I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star in somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine.”  Those lyrics have deep meaning for me and will likely keep this song at the top of my list forever.




Present Tense – This is a recent addition to my list but only because I had never taken a close look at the lyrics.  Every line resonates with me and evokes a primal, philosophical, contemplative mood.




I Am Mine – “I know I was born and I know that I’ll die, the in between is mine… I Am Mine.”  These are great lyrics to live by.  I always enjoy the opening of the song which seems to denigrate church goers, in my interpretation.





Given To Fly – Eddie Vedder said he sees this song as a 20 page cardboard fable book for children.  The religious overtones of the last stanza always inspire me.






Immortality – Although the lyrics of this song are amazing, this one really grabbed me when I saw the “Imagine – Live in Cornice DVD.”  There’s a part where Ed goes on stage alone to do a sound check and the music coupled with the location in Italy is just pure magic.  Click here to see that scene.




There are about 20 other songs that work their way in and out of this list as my life changes but for now, these are mine… What are yours?

80 comments:

  1. Smile
    Force of Nature
    Garden
    Release
    Corduroy

    Hard to choose, could think about this for days!

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  2. Given to Fly
    Love Boat Captain
    In Hiding
    Off He Goes
    Smile.

    Ask me next week and it would probably be a whole new list

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  3. Elderly Woman
    Release
    Light Years
    Wishlist
    Long Road

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  4. 1. Oceans
    2. Dead Man
    3. Wishlist
    4. Hard to Imagine
    5. Red Mosquito

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  5. Release
    I Got ID
    Indifference
    Unthought Known
    Light Year

    Favorites definetly change with moods, time..

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  6. 1. Do the Evolution
    2. Better Man
    3. Rearviewmirror
    4. The End
    5. Wishlist

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    Replies
    1. 1. Yellow Ledbette
      2. Jeremy
      3. Daughter
      4. Alive
      5. Elderly woman behind....

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  7. 1. Yellow Ledbetter
    2. Black
    3. Given To Fly
    4. Better Man
    5. Alive

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  8. 1. Release
    2. Black
    3. Porch
    4. Hard to Imagine
    5. Corduroy
    It really depends on my mood. Never heard a PJ song I didn't like : )

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  9. 1. Immortality
    2. Why Go
    3. Blood
    4. In Hiding
    5. Long Road

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  10. 1. Black
    2. Dissident
    3. Indifference
    4. Crazy Mary
    5. All or None

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  11. 1. Yellow Ledbetter
    2. Crazy Mary
    3. Present Tense
    4. Of The Girl
    5. You Are

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  12. 1. Sad
    2. Given to fly
    3. Alive
    4. Long Road
    5. Yellow led better

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  13. ReaperMattatt 11:12am via Web
    @CometothePorch off the top of my head- 1. Alive 2. Grievance 3. Thumbing My Way 4. Come Back 5. Breath

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  14. Indifference
    Elderly Woman...
    Even Flow
    Rearviewmirror
    Wishlist

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  15. 1. Alive
    2. Gone
    3. Present Tense
    4. Love Boat Captain
    5. World Wide Suicide

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  16. Black
    Even flow
    Elderly woman
    Yellow ledbetter

    Christ....too hard to pick a 5th, too many songs that I love. Might have to go with dissident.

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  17. Given to Fly
    Hail Hail
    Alive
    I am Mine
    Dissident

    Easy to name 5 favourite songs, but now I want 5 more!!!

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  18. mysonsnameisAri 12:31pm via Twitter for iPhone
    @CometothePorch #top5pearljamsongs in no particular order: red mosquito release indifference inmytree just breathe

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  19. RealJuretsky 12:13pm via Twitter for iPhone
    @CometothePorch Release Present Tense Long Road Parting Ways Given To Fly guess I luv the softer stuff...

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  20. The_Vamp 11:18am via Twitter for iPad
    1. Jeremy 2. Better Man 3. Even Flow 4. Alive 5. Last Kiss “@CometothePorch: "Your Top 5 Pearl Jam Songs" page..

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  21. 1) Indifference
    2) Rearviewmirror
    3) I'm open
    4) Not For You
    5) Untitled (From Live on Two Legs)

    Wow, doing only 5 is hard!

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  22. 1.Black
    2.I got Id
    3.Better man
    4.Nothingman
    5.Not for you
    And that's all for today. For tomorrow I would put Parachutes, and the day next tomorrow, Porch and then.............

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  23. 5)In my tree
    2)Whipping
    4)Wash
    3)Blood
    1)Of The Girl

    Had to play with the numbers a little...tough one to call. But all that could change tomorrow....

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  24. 1)Black
    2)Jeremy
    3)Light Years
    4?Betterman
    5)Just Breathe

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  25. 1)State of Love and trust
    2)Black
    3)Oceans
    4)Fatal
    5)Do the Evolution

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  26. Man of the hour
    The long road
    Red mosquito
    Just breathe
    Alive

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  27. Marianna from Rome5/21/12, 2:14 PM

    Betterman
    Nothingman
    Come Back - Parachutes (..damn, I can't choose!)
    Down
    Yellow Ledbetter

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  28. Force of Nature
    Off He Goes
    Thumbing My Way
    Man of the Hour
    Black

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  29. Black, Present Tense, Amongst The Waves, Off He Goes, Rearviewmirror off the top of my head. No doubt missed something.

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  30. I have not heard every Pearl Jam tune released but this is my favourites from what I have heard
    1. Indifferance
    2. Release
    3. You Are
    4. Sometimes
    5. W.M.A.

    if i could pic an Eddie Vedder tune it would be
    Society

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  31. 1. I Am Mine
    2. Unthought Known
    3. Given To Fly
    4. Release
    5. - hard to pick just one more but today it is Gone

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  32. Today:
    Yellow Ledbetter
    Footsteps
    Given to Fly
    Better Man
    Jeremy

    Tomorrow:
    who knows?

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  33. Nick
    1)Black
    2)State of Love and Trust
    3)Garden
    4)Porch
    5)Off He goes
    ... so hard to do 5!!

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  34. Unthought Known
    Betterman
    Patriot, the Live cover (which I have never heard in person but LOVE from the many bootlegs)
    Jeremy
    Black
    ----
    Rearviewmirror, Corduroy, Do the Evolution are all right there as well...

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  35. Porch
    I am mine
    Immortality
    Indiference
    I got Id
    Cordury
    nooooooooo ;)

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  36. -Tremor Christ- story of my life(best lyrics ever)
    -Garden(the direction of the eye so misleading the defection of the soul nauseausly quick)= brilliant!!
    -Sometimes
    -Light Years
    -Marker in the Sand

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  37. Given to Fly
    Amongst the Waves
    Gone
    Wishlist
    Black

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  38. better man
    black
    corduroy
    yellow ledbetter
    porch

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  39. Puzzle & Games
    Given to fly
    Wishlist
    Do the evolution
    Light Years

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  40. Gone
    Sometimes
    Big Wave
    Faithful
    Release

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  41. 5.- deep
    4.- blood
    3.- nothig as it seems
    2.- indifference
    1.- black

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  42. 1. Black
    2. Given To Fly
    3. Yellow Ledbetter
    4. I Am Mine
    5. Daughter

    that was harder than i thought, so many songs i'd also like to include in there!!

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  43. dissident,got some,black,alive,daughter or maybe:yellow ledbetter,do the evolution,nothing as it seems,light years,better man... i can't chose only 5.

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  44. Black
    Alive
    Rear view mirror
    Better man
    Amongst the waves
    Unthought known
    Dissident
    Jeremy
    Wish list
    Just breathe
    State of love & trust
    Given to fly

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  45. I forgot about Crazy Mary

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  46. Alive
    State
    Given to Fly
    In Hiding
    Faithfull

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  47. 1. Black
    2. Just Breathe
    3. Wishlist
    4. Do the Evolution
    5. Daughter

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  48. Fun! But daunting. lemme just pick 5 awesome songs within the next 2 minutes...

    1. Go
    2. Glorified G
    3. Better Man
    4. Faithful
    5. Sonic Reducer (couldn't help it ;)

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  49. 1. Footsteps
    2. Man of the Hour
    3. State of Love and Trust
    4. Come Back
    5. In Hiding.

    Now that I'm done, I'll think of about 50 more that I should have put down! Oh there's one Down! Shit.

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  50. 1. Wishlist
    2. All those Yesterdays
    3. Just Breathe
    4. I am mine
    5. The End

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  51. No particular order and there are others that deserve the top 5 position but you know!

    1. Release - have been torn up to this countless occasions. And is a brilliant song.
    2. Even Flow - First PJ song I became addicted too. The unplugged version is perfect.
    3. Deep - A memory song and I also love covering it.
    4. Faithful- Just got into the album and love this song!
    5. Leash - Amazing song again, listened to it over and over again back in September and have covered it loads since.

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  52. 1. Inside Job
    2. Release
    3. Present Tense
    4. In Hiding
    6. Faithfull

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  53. Mine change from time to time but these 5 are my current favorites thou my no.1 is never out of my top 5
    5.Long Road
    4.Rearviewmirror
    3.Habit
    2.I am mine
    1.Release me

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  54. Can not possibly choose just five. However these are the five I played at my Sirius Wishlist show:
    GSMF
    WHO YOU ARE
    SMILE
    TREMOR CHRIST
    ALL OR NONE

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  55. Better Man
    Faithfull
    Light Years
    Nothingman
    Yellow Ledbetter

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  56. 1- Sleight of Hand
    2- Elderly Woman
    3- Immortality
    4- Release
    5- Comeback

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  57. 5! OMG! It is hard!
    1. Relese
    2. Comeback
    3. Corduroy
    4. Light Years
    5. Present Tense

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  58. Here I am!
    hard to imagine only 5 favs songs..but trying:
    1.presente tense
    2.sad
    3.I got shit
    4.Hard to imagine
    5. Why go

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  59. Corduroy
    Better man
    Daughter
    Alive
    Animal

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  60. 5. Go
    4. Breath and a scream
    3. I am Mine
    2. Sate of Love and Trust
    1. Jeremy

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  61. in no order:
    porch
    alive
    inside job
    given to fly
    indifference

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  62. 1. Unthought Known
    2. Given to Fly
    3. Present Tense
    4. Light Years
    5. Leavin' Here

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  63. Random Order:

    1.LET ME SLEEP/IT'S X~MAS TIME
    2.CORDUROY
    3.DISSIDENT
    4.SOMETIMES
    5.SANTA CRUZ

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  64. Amy kinlock6/2/13, 10:45 AM

    1. Garden
    2. Black
    3. I got Id
    4. No way
    5. Footsteps

    Depending on what emotion i am feeling or what is happening in my life depends on what songs and/or albums i will play on repeat. I never can never get sick of them. They have a perfect song for any emotion. But these would have to be my top 5.. but it is like choosing between children

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  65. 1. Release
    2. Alive
    3. Why Go
    4. Breath
    5. I am mine

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  66. 1. Unthought Known
    2. Porch
    3. Even Flow
    4. Corduroy
    5. State of Love and Trust

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  67. In Hiding
    Nothingman
    Blood
    Release
    Alone

    ...but it changes each and every day....

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  68. 1. Last Exit
    2. Oceans
    3. Long Road
    4. Given To Fly
    5. Come Back

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  69. Down
    Corduroy
    Off he goes
    You are
    Amongst the waves

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  70. Black
    Just Breathe
    Love Boat Captain
    Rear View Mirror
    Yellow Ledbetter

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  71. 1. Immortality (without question and just heard it live on SUnday!)
    2. Garden (they played it Saturday!)
    3. Wash
    4. RVM
    5. Thumbing My Way

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  72. Corduroy
    Present Tense
    Given to Fly
    Rearviewmirror
    Once

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  73. Black
    Sirens
    In Hiding
    I am mine
    Given to fly

    dam it man

    I got id
    Inside Job
    MFC
    Army Reserve
    Do the Evolution

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  74. I love Porch, awesome song!
    Go
    Animal
    Rearview Mirror
    Last Exit

    I also think Bugs is a pretty funny song haha!

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  75. Black
    State of love and trust
    Rearviewmirror
    Indifference
    Inside job

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  76. 5. Unemployable
    4. Last Exit
    3. State Of Love And Trust
    2. Oceans
    1. No Way

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  77. - given to fly
    - hold on
    - you are
    - footsteps
    - once

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  78. -Even Flow
    -Black
    -Yellow Ledbetter
    -State of Love and Trust
    -Why Go

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  79. Long Road
    Given to Fly
    Go
    Better man
    Porch

    ReplyDelete