1. PEARL JAM COMES “ALIVE”
“Alive” was Pearl Jam’s introduction to the world, and an immediate testament to the power of the band. The track was their first single off of their 13-times-platinum debut LP, Ten, and although it never charted very well (its peak was #16 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks), it was ubiquitous on MTV and in college dormitories. With the notable exception of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” it is the track that probably best embodies the “grunge” sound.