16. “OH WHERE OH WHERE CAN MY BABY BE?”
For well over 20 years now, Pearl Jam has treated the members of its Ten fan club to an exclusive Christmas single as a way of giving thanks to their ride or die audience. In 1998, that Christmas single included a cover of Wayne Cochran’s 1961 song “Last Kiss,” one of the lesser known teen tragedy songs of that era (perhaps best embodied by “Leader Of The Pack” by the Shangri-Las). Much like their experience with “Yellow Ledbetter,” this song turned into a monster commerical smash, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, despite not ever being officially released as a single. It’s the most popular single in the band’s history.
17. AMERICA: A TRIBUTE TO HEROES
In the wake of the terrorist bombings of September 11, 2001, all of the major broadcast networks agreed to simultaneously air a benefit program called America: A Tribute To Heroes. On it, Eddie Vedder performed his solo song “The Long Road,” which he had written for the film Dead Man Walking, alongside Mike McCready and Neil Young. It was one of the most powerful moments in an evening chock full of them, and a performance that Pearl Jam aficionados will never forget.