Janis Joplin

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Janis' first two albums Big Brother & the Holding Company and Cheap Thrills can be found under Big Brother & the Holding Company.

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Legal name: Janis Lyn Joplin


Janis Lyn Joplin (/ˈɒplɪn/; January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer considered the premier female blues vocalist of the Sixties; her raw, powerful and uninhibited singing style, combined with her turbulent and emotional lifestyle, made her one of the biggest female stars in her lifetime. She died of a drug overdose in 1970, aged 27, after releasing three albums. A fourth album, Pearl, was released a little more than three months after her death, reaching number 1 on the charts.

Joplin rose to fame in 1967 during an appearance at Monterey Pop Festival, as the lead singer of the then little-known San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. After releasing two albums with the band, she left Big Brother to continue as a solo artist with her own backing groups, first the Kozmic Blues Band and then the Full Tilt Boogie Band. She appeared at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Five singles by Joplin went into the Billboard Top 100, including "Me and Bobby McGee", which reached number 1 in March 1971. Her most popular songs include: "Piece of My Heart"; "Cry Baby"; "Down on Me"; "Ball 'n' Chain"; "Summertime"; and "Mercedes Benz", the final song she recorded.

Joplin, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, was well known for her performing ability. Audiences and critics alike referred to her stage presence as "electric". Rolling Stone ranked Joplin number 46 on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with Recording Industry Association of America certifications of 15.5 million albums sold in the USA.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! Janis Joplin 9
1971 Pearl Janis Joplin 4 20

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Greatest Hits Janis Joplin 2
1973 Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits Janis Joplin 2 12
1975 Early Performances Janis Joplin 1
1980 Anthology Janis Joplin 4
1982 Farewell Song Janis Joplin 2
1988 Highlights Janis Joplin 1
1988 The Very Best Of Janis Joplin 2
1993 Janis Janis Joplin 5 2
1994 The Legend Janis Joplin 1
1995 18 Essential Songs Janis Joplin 2
1997 Absolute Janis Janis Joplin 1
1998 The Ultimate Collection Janis Joplin 5 2
1998 10 grandes éxitos en versión original Janis Joplin 5 1
1999 Best Of... Janis Joplin 1
2000 Super Hits Janis Joplin 4
2000 Simply the Best Janis Joplin 1
2001 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin 1
2001 Love, Janis: The Songs, The Letters, The Soul of Janis Joplin Janis Joplin 1
2002 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin 1
2003 The Essential Janis Joplin Janis Joplin 3
2005 Collections Janis Joplin 1
2007 Hit Collection Janis Joplin 1
2008 Janis Janis Joplin 2
2009 The Woodstock Experience Janis Joplin 1
2009 Cry Baby Janis Joplin 1
2009 Cry Baby (The Ultimate Collection) Janis Joplin 1
2012 The Pearl Sessions Janis Joplin 1
Ball and Chain Janis Joplin 1
Best Janis Joplin 1
Best of Janis Joplin Janis Joplin 1
Birdland Janis Joplin 1
Full Tilt Boogie Janis Joplin 1
Greatest Hits Janis Joplin 1
Greatest Hits of Janis Joplin 1
MTV Music History: Greatest Hits Janis Joplin 1
Pearl / I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (2 CD set) Janis Joplin 1
The Best Of Janis Joplin 1
The Best Of Janis Joplin 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 In Concert Janis Joplin 5 3
1993 At Woodstock Janis Joplin 2
1993 Flower in the Sun Janis Joplin 1
1998 Live at Winterland '68 Janis Joplin 1
2012 Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 Big Brother & the Holding Company feat. Janis Joplin 4 1
1969-02-12: Fillmore East, New York, NY, USA Janis Joplin 1
Summertime: Live in Amsterdam Janis Joplin 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Rare Pearls Janis Joplin 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Janis Joplin Janis Joplin 1
Rare Pearls Janis Joplin 1
Six Sides of Janis Janis Joplin 1
The Typewriter Tape Janis Joplin 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Box of Pearls: The Janis Joplin Collection Janis Joplin 5
2015 Playlist: The Best of Janis Joplin Janis Joplin 2

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