Pearl Jam was founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1990 by former Mother Love Bone bandmates rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament. The duo brought guitarist Mike McCready, vocalist Eddie Vedder, and drummer Dave Krusen on board to complete the band, and initially called themselves Mookie Blaylock. The band released their first album, Ten, in 1991 and officially changed their name to Pearl Jam during the recording process. The album gradually gained popularity, and by 1992 it became a smash breakthrough for the band. Ten has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling rock records ever. Some of the hit singles on the album included "Alive," "Even Flow," and "Jeremy"; the latter two found a place in the top ten on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Track chart.
Pearl Jam quickly found themselves at the forefront of the grunge explosion, along with bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden. The band toured extensively in support of the album. Pearl Jam released its next album, Vs., in late 1993 to astonishing success. Beginning a three-album streak, it reached number one in the first week. Vs. contained singles like "Daughter," "Dissident," "Animal," and "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town," and sold nearly one million copies in its first week alone. During the subsequent tour, the group attempted to cap ticket prices at $20 to make their tickets more accessible to fans. However, Ticketmaster began tacking service fees on top of the cheap ticket prices, so Pearl Jam canceled their tour in protest of the ticketing industry giant.
Over the course of the next decade, Pearl Jam went on to produce a string of highly popular albums, including 1994's Vitalogy, 1996's No Code, 1998's Yield, 2000's Binaural, 2002's Riot Act, and 2006's Pearl Jam. Some of the most memorable songs from these albums included "Better Man" (Vitalogy), "Who You Are" (No Code), "Given to Fly" (Yield), and "World Wide Suicide" (Pearl Jam), as well as the additional singles "I Got Id" (1995) and "Last Kiss" (1999), a song for which the band collaborated with Neil Young. Pearl Jam has remained a favorite of rock fans through the years, and as such has been decorated with a number of awards including AMAs, VMAs, Grammys, and Eskys. Currently consisting of Stone Gossard and Mike McCready on guitar, Eddie Vedder on vocals, Jeff Ament on bass, and Matt Cameron on drums, Pearl Jam is considered one of the greatest American rock bands of the 1990's.