Pearl Jam is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, and is considered one of the most influential bands of the 1990s. Founded in 1990, Pearl Jam was one of the "Big Four" bands of the grunge movement, alongside Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden and sold, as of December 2006, over 31 million records in the U.S. alone. They are one of the few bands to lead the breakthrough of alternative rock in the early 1990s that remain active today.
In a 2005 USA Today readers poll, Pearl Jam was voted the greatest American rock band of all time. In April 2006, Pearl Jam was awarded an Esky for best live act in Esquire's Esky Music Awards. The blurb called Pearl Jam "the rare superstars who still play as though each show could be their last."