Yield Songs Ranked

Yield is the fifth studio album by American alternative rock band Pearl Jam, released on February 3, 1998. Following a short promotional tour for its previous album, No Code (1996), Pearl Jam recorded Yield throughout 1997 at Studio Litho and Studio X in Seattle, Washington. The album was hailed as a return to the band’s early, straightforward rock sound, and marked a more collaborative effort from the band as opposed to relying heavily on frontman Eddie Vedder to compose the song lyrics. The lyrics deal with contemplative themes, albeit seen in a more positive manner compared to the band’s earlier work. The record has been certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States. The album is Pearl Jam’s last release with drummer Jack Irons, who left the band during the album’s promotional tour. He was replaced with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron. Here are all of Yield’s songs ranked.

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13. Untitled

“A kind of semi-drum solo weird thing done by then-drummer Jack Irons. It’s pretty cool, although it’s just a filler. What would a recent Pearl Jam album be without a short, crazy track? Here we go… thanks, Jack!”

12. Push Me, Pull Me

“Push Me, Pull Me is an experimental spoken word piece that really works. It’s not even a song, it’s Eddie talking with a bad musical background.”

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11. Pilate

“This is another one of my favorite PJ songs. The song was written by Jeff Ament and is such a simple song but it’s really good. “Like Pilate, I have a dog.” Pilate is a strange song, it took me some listens to like it, but now I love it, it’s a slow song until the chorus kicks in, do the evolution it’s a cool rock song.”

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10. Low Light

“It’s mellow, but you probably knew that before reading this. Could be another motivation tune… about continuing to push forward, even with the weight of the world on one’s shoulders. Not performed very often by the band in concert, but it’s beautiful.”

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9. All Those Yesterdays

“The PERFECT way to close the album (excluding the secret track); a soothing sing-along… it sounds like the guys from Pearl Jam sitting together drunk singing along (even if it’s only Eddie’s vocals, that feeling’s there). More motivation… going forward… no wallowing in personal misery. If there ever was a Pearl Jam song that said “We’re not just a ‘grunge’ band”, this is it.”

8. MFC

“Like many other songs on the album… has a pleasant, pop feel to it. The lyrics float, one at a time… but they come together and form brilliance. Supposedly often coupled with a song called Untitled during Pearl Jam concerts.”

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7. No Way

“Much like Faithfull, in its mellow, sarcastic style… “I just need someone to be there for… me.”… “I’ll stop trying to make a difference… no way”. Brilliance in just a couple lines.”

6. In Hiding

“Guess what? … Yeah, you know: it’s mellow! Soul searching… philosophy… sweet, sweet guitars. It’s a shame that so many have missed out on this track. “In Hiding” is a very haunting track, one of their best ever. “

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5. Faithful

“Perhaps sarcastically questioning blind faith, Faithful follows the Vs.-style opener with something that could ALMOST fit onto Vitalogy or No Code… but the angst isn’t there… it’s soothing, somehow.”

4. Wishlist

“A flat-out pop song… but still creative. “I wish I was…” again and again, softly describing love for another with undescribable sincerity, when the vocals and instruments are added to the lyrics. Also succeeded on the radio.”

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3. Brain of J.

“A “grunge”-esque opener, in the fashion of Once and Go… proving to many doubters that Pearl Jam still could rock out with the best of them. The song has a punk riff in it that’s both fast and catchy.

2. Given to Fly

“Still soft, but with forceful vocals… Eddie narrates the lyrics in an old-fashioned Native American tale sort of way. Sounds like a folk legend… and once again proves Pearl Jam’s unpredictability. Stunning.”

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1. Do the Evolution

“A huge hit, and the first video by Pearl Jam since Ten (Like Jeremy, dramatic and devastating but… as horrible as it is to say this… a little bit comical). Like a rawer version of Vs.’s rockers… political, and against racism and feeling superior to others. It received the success it deserve(s,d).”