8. Pearl Jam - 'Vs.'
Fame didn't sit well with most of the members of Pearl Jam. Their 1991 debut LP Ten sold more copies than they could have possibly imagined, and Eddie Vedder went from gas station attendant to international rock superstar and sex symbol practically overnight. It was a lot to take in, and there were serious concerns about overexposure. There was also enormous pressure to top the success of Ten. After an endless tour all through 1991 and 1992, the group holed up with new producer Brendan O'Brien in early 1993 and slowly crafted Vs. This time there would be no music videos, and they showed their range with ballads like "Daughter" and "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town." It was a huge success, though not quite on par with Ten. It was the beginning of a long process of pulling away from the spotlight, while still cultivating a rabid fanbase.