"Last Kiss" is a song that was written by Wayne Cochran in 1962 and originally performed by Wayne Cochran & the C.C. Riders, although their version of the song had little success. Cochran based the song on an accident he had witnessed in which three teenage couples were killed when their car struck a flatbed logging truck. The song was then covered in 1999 by Pearl Jam, becoming the band's biggest hit to date. The idea to cover the song came about after lead singer Eddie Vedder found an old record of the song at an antiques store in Seattle. He convinced the rest of the band to try out the song and it was performed throughout their 1998 tour. The band eventually recorded the song at a soundcheck and released it as a 1998 Fan Club Christmas single.
In the following year the cover began being played by radio stations and was ultimately put into heavy rotation across the country. By popular demand the cover was released to the general public as a single, with all of the proceeds going to the aid of refugees of the Kosovo War. The cover was also featured on the compilation No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees.