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The Best Janis Joplin Albums of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 588 votes 219 voters 12.4k views10 items

List RulesList 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. 

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  • Pearl
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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
    • Length (mins): 00:34:30
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Soul music
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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
    • 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 Blues Again Mama!
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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
    • Length (mins): 00:37:31
    • Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Blues-rock, Blues
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  • In Concert
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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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