The Best Janis Joplin Albums of All Time 

Updated June 14, 2019 461 votes 199 voters 11.1k views 10 items

List Rules List includes all Joplin live and studio albums, including her work with Big Brother and the Holding Company.

There's no question that Janis Joplin is one of the best female rock singers of all time, but what are her greatest albums? Here's our list of the best Janis Joplin albums, including her solo albums as well as her work with Big Brother and the Holding Company. Other bands that have backed Janis include the Kozmic Blues Band on her 1969 album I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, and Full Tilt Boogie Band on her final album PearlThis Janis Joplin discography has been voted on by classic rock junkies like you, making the list a reliable guide to Joplin 101.

If you think the greatest Janis Joplin album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Janis Joplin album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know the best Janis Joplin album of all time, or the top Janis Joplin albums, this list will answer your questions. List features albums like Cheap ThrillsPearl, and Big Brother & The Holding Company. This list of popular Janis Joplin CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. 

Pearl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Janis Joplin Albums of All Time
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1. Move Over
2. Cry Baby
3. A Woman Left Lonely
4. Half Moon
5. Buried Alive in the Blues
6. My Baby
7. Me and Bobby McGee
8. Mercedes Benz
9. Trust Me
10. Get It While You Can

Release Date: 1971

Artist: Janis Joplin

Producer: Paul A. Rothchild

Tracks: Me and Bobby McGee, Move Over, Half Moon, + more

Length (mins): 00:34:30

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Soul music, + more

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Cheap Thrills is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Janis Joplin Albums of All Time
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1. Combination of the Two
2. I Need a Man to Love
3. Summertime
4. Piece of My Heart
5. Turtle Blues
6. Oh, Sweet Mary
7. Ball and Chain

Release Date: 1968

Artist: Big Brother and the Holding Company, Janis Joplin

Producer: John Simon

Tracks: Turtle Blues, I Need a Man to Love, Ball and Chain, + more

Length (mins): 00:37:14

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Acid rock

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I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blu... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Janis Joplin Albums of All Time
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1. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
2. Maybe
3. One Good Man
4. As Good As You've Been to This World
5. To Love Somebody
6. Kozmic Blues
7. Little Girl Blue
8. Work Me, Lord

Release Date: 1969

Artist: Janis Joplin

Tracks: Maybe, Work Me, Lord, + more

Length (mins): 00:37:31

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Blues-rock, Blues

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In Concert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Janis Joplin Albums of All Time
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1. Down on Me
2. Bye, Bye Baby
3. All Is Loneliness
4. Piece of My Heart
5. Road Block
6. Flower in the Sun
7. Summertime
8. Ego Rock
9. Half Moon
10. Kozmic Blues
11. Move Over
12. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
13. Get It While You Can
14. Ball and Chain

Release Date: 1972

Artist: Janis Joplin

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