After Johnny Cash covered Nine Inch Nails' version of "Hurt" in 2003, I remember Trent Reznor saying that (paraphrasing) after The Man In Black covers your song, it no longer belongs to you. Not that my opinion means anything, but I would have to put Eddie Vedder in the Exclusive List of Two who can take any popular original and make you forget that another version exists.
I've often stated that I first became a music fan at the age of 12 after listening to Nirvana. I have neglected Pearl Jam's contribution in my Musical Journey. I may have heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit" first, but "Alive" came maybe a week later. I still remember watching them on SNL in '92 and being blown away as Eddie Vedder "headbanged" right out of his cap. Anyway, "I Am a Patriot", written by Stephen Van Zandt and performed by Eddie Vedder is one of my all-time favorite songs.
Top5 Pearl Jam songs are:
4. Yellow Ledbetter
3. Here's to the State of Mississippi (live)
1. I Am a Patriot (live)
Shoutout to Who You Are and Better Man (live)