Just Breathe (song)

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"Just Breathe"
Single by Pearl Jam
from the album Backspacer
A-side "Got Some"
Released October 31, 2009
Format CD single, Vinyl, Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Folk rock
Length 3:34
Label Monkeywrench
Writer(s) Eddie Vedder
Producer(s) Brendan O'Brien
Pearl Jam singles chronology
"The Fixer"
"Got Some"/"Just Breathe"
"Amongst the Waves"
Backspacer track listing
"Johnny Guitar"
(Track 4)
"Just Breathe"
(Track 5)
"Amongst the Waves"
(Track 6)
Music video
"Just Breathe" on YouTube

"Just Breathe" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. "Just Breathe" was released on October 31, 2009 as the second single from the band's ninth studio album, Backspacer (2009).[1] The single was released as a double A-side along with the song "Got Some". The song was triggered by a chord from "Tuolumne", an instrumental from Eddie Vedder's soundtrack for the 2007 film Into the Wild.[2] It peaked at number five on the Billboard Rock chart and number six on the Billboard Alternative chart, which makes it the band's highest-charting follow-up single since "Wishlist" in 1998.

On January 22, 2014, "Just Breathe" was certified platinum in digital sales by the RIAA.[3] It is the band's first platinum-certified song.

The song has been featured in several TV shows and movies including Castle, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters, Life as We Know It, The Blacklist, Grey's Anatomy, The Night Shift, and the documentaries Buck and Gleason.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Eddie Vedder

CD (UK), 7" vinyl single, and digital download (UK)
  1. "Got Some" (music: Jeff Ament) – 3:01
  2. "Just Breathe" (music: Vedder) – 3:34
Digital download (Australia)
  1. "Got Some" – 3:03
  2. "Just Breathe" – 3:36
  3. "Just Breathe" (Live at Austin City Limits video) – 3:52

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009/2010) Peak
Canadian Hot 100[4] 30
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 78
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 5
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 36
U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs 20
U.S. Billboard Adult Alternative Songs[5] 1
Dutch Top 40[6] 14
Croatia (ARC Top 100)[7] 80
Polish Singles Chart[8] 1
Portugal Top 50 Singles[9] 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
Canadian Hot 100[10] 95


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[11] Gold 15,000*
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 0^

*sales figures based on certification alone


Willie Nelson released his version of the song on the 2012 album Heroes, as well as a promotional single.


  1. ^ Got Some / Just Breathe – Pearl Jam – Listen and discover music at Last.fm
  2. ^ Just Breathe Songfacts
  3. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Database Search
  4. ^ "Pearl Jam "Just Breathe" Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  5. ^ Chart Beat Thursday: 'Hope' Helps Haiti
  6. ^ "Dutch Top 40 Singles". 
  7. ^ "Croatian Airplay Radio Chart Top 100". Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  8. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  9. ^ "Portugal Top 50 Singles". 
  10. ^ "Charts Year End: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  11. ^ "Italian single certifications – Pearl Jam – Just Breathe" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved January 10, 2015.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Pearl Jam in the field Filtra. The certification will load automatically
  12. ^ "American single certifications – Pearl Jam – Just Breathe". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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