Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Pearl Jam Song of All Time?

Cast your vote in our weekly readers' poll

September 9, 2011 3:25 PM ET
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Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
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Last week, we asked Rolling Stone readers toname their favorite song of summer 2011 – and we compiled the votes into atop 10 list.

Pearl Jam have been celebrating their 20th anniversary this week with a two-day festival, a new book and a documentary by Cameron Crowe. In honor of their achievement, our question for you is: What is the best Pearl Jam song ever? Hits, deep cuts, rarities – it's all fair game!

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.

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