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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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Janis Joplin, Full Tilt Boogie Band
Released on January 11, 1971: Joplin died on October 4, 1970
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Bob Marley & The Wailers
Released May 23, 1983: Marley died May 11, 1981
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Patsy Cline
Released 1965: Cline died March 5, 1963
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Jim Croce
Released March 1974: Croce died Sept. 20, 1973
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Roy Orbison
Released Feb. 7, 1989: Orbison died Dec. 6, 1988
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Sam Cooke
Released Dec. 22, 1964: Cooke died Dec. 11, 1964
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John Lennon
Released January 12, 1981: Lennon died Dec. 8, 1980
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Jimi Hendrix
Released March 5, 2013: Hendrix died Sept. 18, 1970
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Tupac Shakur
Released Oct. 13, 1998: Shakur died Sept. 13, 1996
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Queen
Released Nov. 6, 1995: Freddie Mercury died Nov. 24, 1991
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Nirvana
Released Oct. 8, 2002: Kurt Cobain died on April 5, 1994
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Notorious B.I.G.
Released March 25, 1997: Biggie died March 9, 1997
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Sublime
Released on July 30, 1996: Bradley Nowell died on May 25, 1996
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Released July 1959: Holiday died July 17, 1959
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The Beatles
Released Oct. 10 1988: John Lennon died Dec. 8, 1980
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Led Zeppelin
Released Nov. 19, 1982: John Bonham died Sept. 25, 1980
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thomas-hermans added Queen
Released 1995: Freddie Mercury died November 24, 1991
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Tupac Shakur
Released Feb. 11, 1997: Shakur died Sept. 13, 1996
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Lil Peep, XXXTentacion
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Selena
Released June 26, 1995: Selena died March 31, 1995
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dazter added Sean Combs, The Notorious B.I.G., Mase
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IanHarvey added Elvis Presley
Released October 3, 1977. Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977.
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Hank Williams
Released 1954: Williams died Jan.1, 1953