10. "The Long Road"
Twenty years ago, Pearl Jam got the amazing opportunity to work as Neil Young's backing band on a new album called Mirror Ball that they recorded in just a couple of weeks. Eddie Vedder's involvement was very minimal as he was dealing with a major stalking problem, and with Young handling all the lead vocals and songwriting he didn't have much of a role to play anyway. Months after Mirror Ball hit shelves, Pearl Jam followed it up with a two-song EP called Merkin Ball that did feature two Vedder tracks. The haunting "Long Road," which features organ by Young, was an opportunity for the Pearl Jam frontman to vent some of his sorrow over recent events. The most memorable live version was on September 21st, 2001 at the America: A Tribute to Heroes 9/11 telethon, where it took on a whole new meaning.