500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Pearl Jam, 'Ten'

209. Pearl Jam, 'Ten'

Epic, 1991

When their debut came out, Pearl Jam were competing with Nirvana in a grunge popularity contest they were bound to lose. Yet Ten was just as key in reshaping hard rock: Eddie Vedder's shaky, agonized growl and Mike McCready's wailing guitar solos on "Alive" and "Jeremy" push both songs to the brink and back again.

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