Songs The Best Songs Released Posthumously  

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This list contains information about the best songs released posthumously, ranked by your votes. Several famous rock stars, rappers and singer-songwriters have released fantastic music after their deaths. Some of these famous people died just months before their songs were released while others have had hit songs released decades after their deaths.

What are some of the best songs that were released after the artist's death? Tupac Shakur's “Hail Mary” is a great song. It was released Feb. 11, 1997 and Shakur died Sept. 13, 1996. Shakur has had several posthumous hits including “Changes,” "To Live & Die in L.A." and "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)." Shakur was gunned down after leaving a boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. His murder still remains unsolved to this day.

Another great posthumous release is “Me and Bobby McGee” by singer Janis Joplin. The track appeared on the album “Pearl” which was released on Jan. 11, 1971. Joplin died of an alcohol and drug overdose on Oct. 4, 1970. Other great posthumous releases include “You Got It” by Roy Orbison, “(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding and “Nobody Told Me” by John Lennon.

Which posthumously released song is your favorite? These songs are part of some of the best albums released posthumously as well. Vote on this list to make sure that the best song ends up on top and share your thoughts in the comments section.
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Otis Redding - Released Jan. 8, 1968: Redding died December 10, 1967

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Bob Marley & The Wailers - Released May 23, 1983: Marley died May 11, 1981

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Janis Joplin, Full Tilt Boogie Band - Released on January 11, 1971: Joplin died on October 4, 1970

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Sam Cooke - Released Dec. 22, 1964: Cooke died Dec. 11, 1964

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Jim Croce - Released March 1974: Croce died Sept. 20, 1973

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Patsy Cline - Released 1965: Cline died March 5, 1963

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Roy Orbison - Released Feb. 7, 1989: Orbison died Dec. 6, 1988

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Jimi Hendrix - Released March 5, 2013: Hendrix died Sept. 18, 1970

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Nirvana - Released Oct. 8, 2002: Kurt Cobain died on April 5, 1994

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John Lennon - Released January 12, 1981: Lennon died Dec. 8, 1980

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Queen - Released Nov. 6, 1995: Freddie Mercury died Nov. 24, 1991

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Sublime - Released on July 30, 1996: Bradley Nowell died on May 25, 1996

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Notorious B.I.G. - Released March 25, 1997: Biggie died March 9, 1997

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Little Less Conversation by El... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs Released Posthumously

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Tupac Shakur - Released Oct. 13, 1998: Shakur died Sept. 13, 1996

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Led Zeppelin - Released Nov. 19, 1982: John Bonham died Sept. 25, 1980

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The Beatles - Released Oct. 10 1988: John Lennon died Dec. 8, 1980

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Tupac Shakur - Released Feb. 11, 1997: Shakur died Sept. 13, 1996

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thomas-hermans added Queen - Released 1995: Freddie Mercury died November 24, 1991

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Released July 1959: Holiday died July 17, 1959

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John Lennon

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IanHarvey added Elvis Presley - Released October 3, 1977. Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977.

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Joey Ramone - Released Feb. 19, 2002: Ramone died April 15, 2001

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John Lennon, Yoko Ono - Released Jan. 27, 1984: Lennon died Dec. 8, 1980

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DontTreadOnMeFL added Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune released March 9, 2010. Jimi Hendrix died September 18, 1970.

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Selena - Released June 26, 1995: Selena died March 31, 1995

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Hank Williams - Released 1954: Williams died Jan.1, 1953

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Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs Released Posthumously
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Tupac Shakur

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Stephen Foster - Released March 1864: Foster died 1864

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Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Released Oct. 21 2003: Strummer died Dec. 22, 2002

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XXXTentacion, Lil Pump, Swae Lee -

Released October 2018: XXXTentacion died June 18, 2018.

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Marvin Gaye: - Released 1985: Gaye died April 1, 1984

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Chris Cornell

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Mark Ronson, Michael Jackson -

Released August 2018: Jackson died June 2014

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Aaliyah - Released Dec. 10, 2002: Aaliyah died Aug. 25, 2001

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Amy Winehouse & Tony Bennett - Released: Sept. 14, 2011: Winehouse died July 23, 2011

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Joy Division - Released July 18, 1980: Ian Curtis died May 18, 1980

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Travelling Alone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs Released Posthumously
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Eva Cassidy - Released May 19, 1998: Cassidy died Nov. 2, 1996

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The Carpenters - Released 1984: Karen Carpenter died Feb. 4, 1983

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Gram Parsons - Released January 1974: Parsons died Sept. 19, 1973