Pearl Jam Turns 20: Best American Rock Band of the 1990s?
"Alive," Pearl Jam's first single, still sounds fresh and relevant 20 years later.
Critics and fans alike consider "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the lead single from 1991's "Nevermind," the best, most defining and most seminal song of the '90s.
The Smashing Pumpkins
The 1993 album "Siamese Dream" was a hit with songs such as "Disarm," but the Pumpkins were criticized for being mainstream "grunge Monkees."
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The band achieved mainstream success with 1991's "Blood Sugar Sex Magik," which featured their highest-charting song, "Under the Bridge."
The band's 1994 major label debut, "Dookie," defined mainstream punk rock in the mid-'90s. We're pretty sure we had "Basket Case" stuck in our heads for three years.
Stone Temple Pilots
The band hit it big in 1992 with songs like "Plush," but they had to prove that they weren't just "grunge imitators."
The Seattle grunge band is best known for the 1994 album "Superunknown," which featured such hits as "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman."
The Seattle grunge band that along with Nirvana came to define '90s rock is celebrating a big birthday -- and they're marking the milestone with a double-disc set of archival recordings, an art book/written history and a new documentary/soundtrack, The Los Angeles Times reports.
The documentary, "Pearl Jam Twenty," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend, is a history of the group directed by Cameron Crowe (who also happened to direct one of the ultimate '90s movies, "Singles").
But amid all of this looking back, the band is still going strong in the present, too. They played a sold-out show Monday night at Toronto's 20,000-seat Air Canada Centre -- even though frontman Eddie Vedder is now 46 years old.
"We're in a kind of golden-years period. We have families now, and we're just really happy to be playing live," Vedder told the L.A. Times.
So even though it's been 20 years since we hoofed it over to our local record store to buy "Ten," Pearl Jam still rocks.
Which got us thinking ... from Pearl Jam to Nirvana to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, click through our slideshow and let us know: What was the best American rock band to come out of the 1990s?
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