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
Songwriter(s) Eddie Vedder
Producer(s) Brendan O'Brien
Pearl Jam singles chronology
"The Fixer"
"Got Some" / "Just Breathe"
"Amongst the Waves"
"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 Kodachrome, Castle, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters, Life as We Know It, The Blacklist, Grey's Anatomy, The Night Shift and iZombie in addition to 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


Weekly charts[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 1,000,000^

*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. Jennifer Warnes released her version of the song on the 2018 album Another Time, Another Place.


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