“Jeremy” was released as the third single from Pearl Jam’s Ten album. Since there wasn’t a commercial single released at the time this was being promoted, it was ineligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 due to the chart rules that existed at the time. However, the song did peak at number five on both the Mainstream and Modern Rock charts at Billboard.
According to lead singer Eddie Vedder, the song is primarily based on a newspaper article he read about a 15-year-old boy named Jeremy Wade Delle in Texas who shot himself in front of his English class on January 8, 1991. In an interview he gave in 2009, Vedder said he felt “the need to take that small article and make something of it-to give that action, to give it reaction, to give it more importance.”
I believe that Vedder really succeeded in his goal. “Jeremy” is a very intense song, and its intensity makes it a very poignant listen. The music video that was directed by Mark Pellington successfully captures the intensity of the song in its visuals. Once you watch the music video for “Jeremy,” you’ll never forget it. The music video went on to win four MTV Video Music Awards in 1993, including Best Video of the Year.