Top 10 Janis Joplin songs

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Top 10 Janis Joplin songs

To celebrate her life and timeless contribution to music, we’ve put together a Top 10 of  some of the Best Janis Joplin songs including the one she did with Big Brother & The Holding Company

 

1 -“Piece of My Heart”, 1968  from the album “Cheap Thrills”  Big Brother & The Holding Company

Our choice to lead the list is undoubtedly “Piece Of My Heart”, though performed as a member of Big Brother & The Holding Company, it remains till this day one of her biggest hits and signature songs.

2 -“Summertime”, 1968  from the album “Cheap Thrills”  Big Brother & The Holding Company

This version of “Summertime” it’s possibly one of the best ever made. Janis’ voice it’s at her very best in here.

3 – “Cry Baby”, 1970 from the album “Pearl”

Her best well known solo song, “Cry Baby” it’s a major Rock classic that remains fresh to this day.

4 – “Me and Bobby McGee”, 1970 from the album “Pearl”

The Kris Kristoferson penned country-bluesy ballad it’s another one of Janis best well known songs and a rare mild ballad with mild vocals from her

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5 – “Ball and Chain”, 1968  from the album “Cheap Thrills”  Big Brother & The Holding Company

A brilliant vocal exercise of Janis Joplin, the live performances of this song are pretty much all flawless, this is the song that made Big Brother & The Holding Company a famous band when they performed it on Monterey Pop Festival in 1967

6 -“Down on Me”,1967 from the album Big Brother & the Holding Company

A groovy song from Big Brother & the Holding Company’s debut album, “Down On Me” sounds fresh to this day

7 – “Kozmic Blues”, 1969, from the album “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!”

This blues song featuring brass orchestration lets us hear Janis voice at her maximum power

8 – “Get It While You Can”, 1970 from the album “Pearl”

One of the best tracks on “Pearl”, reminiscent sometimes of songs such as “Ball And Chain”

9- “Maybe” ,1969 from the album “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!”

This hard soul song it’s one of the strongest on Janis debut album “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!”

10 – “Bye, Bye Baby”,  1967 from the album Big Brother & the Holding Company

A mild soft song that gets into a vocal crescendo in the end like only Janis could do it

Listen to all 10 songs compiled by Pop Expresso on Spotify

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