Pearl Jam covered 'Let It Go' at Eddie Vedder's daughter's request; 10 of Pearl Jam's best cover songs played live in concert

10 best Pearl Jam live cover songs
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Pearl Jam covered 'Let It Go' at Eddie Vedder's daughter's request; 10 of Pearl Jam's best cover songs played live in concert

10. 'Whip It' / Devo

During a 2009 Halloween show, Pearl Jam played the last public event at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, and in the middle of the show, the band members dressed up in full Devo regalia and covered 'Whip It.'

Click here for the original version.

9. 'I Believe In Miracles' / The Ramones

Pearl Jam performing the 1989 single from The Ramones' album 'Brain Drain.'

Click here for the original song.

8. 'Last Kiss' / Wayne Cochran

Pearl Jam performing the Wayne Cochran classic first recorded back in 1961, and then re-recorded by Cochran in 193.

Click here for the 1963 version, which sounds extremely different from Pearl Jam's interpretation.


7. 'I Won't Back Down' / Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Pearl Jam (really just Eddie Vedder here) plays the classic Petty tune at the request of Steve Gleason in Spokane, Washington, November 30th 2013.

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6. 'Love Reign O'er Me' / The Who

Pearl Jam performed it and 'The Real Me' at the VH1 Rock Honors show in 2008.

Click here for the original version.

5. 'Masters of War' / Bob Dylan

This cover of Dylan's famous anti-war ballad is from Pearl Jam's live performance at Benaroya Hall, in Seattle on October 22, 2003.

Click here for the original version.

4. 'Eruption' and 'Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love' / Van Halen

The two guitar-heavy tunes, in which Mike McCready channels Eddie Van Halen, were performed in Hartford, Conn. on October, 25 2013 during the band's 'Lightning Bolt' tour.

Click here for the original version of 'Eruption' and here for the original version of 'Ain't Talkin 'Bout Love.'

3. 'Keep On Rockin' In The Free World' / Neil Young

Pearl Jam performing 'Rockin' In The Free World' live at Duomo Square in Pistoia, Italy on September 20, 2006. The Neil Young song has basically morphed into a Pearl Jam song over the years, as its a staple of live shows.

Click here for the original version, and here for the famous MTV collaboration between Pearl Jam and the Godfather of Grunge in 1993.

2. 'Baba O'Riley' / The Who

Pearl Jam performing The Who's rock anthem 'Baba O'Riley'  live at Madison Square Garden with Steve Diggle of The Buzzcocks in New York City on July 8, 2003.

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1. Mother / Pink Floyd

Pearl Jam performing Pink Floyd's classic 'Mother,' from iconic 1979 album 'The Wall,' in Chicago at Wrigley Field July, 19, 2013.

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Earlier this week, a video clip of Pearl Jam breaking into 'Let It Go' from 'Frozen' during a concert in Italy went viral. But the footage of the performance also elicited polarized reactions. Many enjoyed the amusing cover of Idina Menzel's uber-catchy ballad. Meanwhile, some had an icy response and criticized the band for daring to play a song from a Disney movie, describing it as the moment Pearl Jam jumped the shark. Now, Consequence of Sound reports that Eddie Vedder has explained why Pearl Jam covered the Oscar-winning song from 'Frozen':

Because his 5-year-old daughter had requested it.

Consequence of Sound cites a series of messages posted to Twitter by Vedder's friend, cartoonist Tom Tomorrow, who talked to Vedder about the 'Let It Go' cover. Tomorrow noted on Twitter that Vedder wants everyone to know 'his daughter sings it better.'

That got us to thinking: Pearl Jam is famous for covering great songs during live shows -- they often play cover songs better than the artists who wrote and recorded the originals. Could we compile 10 cover songs by the Seattle rockers that everyone can agree are awesome? Above, behold the results: 10 live covers by Pearl Jam that, whether you liked the 'Let It Go' cover or not, undeniably came off better than the 'Frozen' tune.

Some great songs made our purely subjective list, beginning with Pearl Jam's version of Devo's 'Whip It' which took the No. 10 spot. It's from a memorable Halloween performance in Philadelphia in which Pearl Jam dressed up just like the famed new wave/punk band. Hits from The Ramones, The Who and Van Halen also populate the all-star lineup. Click through and see which song topped the list. Listen to them all, and let us know in the comments which cover song you think is best. And, if you missed it, watch the clip of Pearl Jam performing 'Let It Go' below.

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