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Readers Poll: The Best Pearl Jam Songs of All Time

Selections include 'Alive,' 'Given To Fly' and 'Better Man'

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4. 'Jeremy'

Eddie Vedder wrote "Jeremy" about Jeremy Wade Delle, a 15-year-old Texas high school student who committed suicide in front of his classmates during English class in 1991. Vedder read about it in a newspaper and felt compelled to turn his story into a song. That's not the obvious topic for a hit single, but Pearl Jam shot a video for the song in the summer of 1992 and it quickly went into heavy rotation on MTV. It played a huge role in introducing Pearl Jam to a mass audience, though they wouldn't appear in a music video for another 14 years. 

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