The Surprising Facts Of Janis Joplin’s 3 Career Defining Songs


Although she had a short life, Janis Joplin made good use of it.

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

As she herself said, “Man, I’d rather have ten years of superhypermost than live to be seventy sitting in some Godd**n chair watching TV,” she said.

And that’s what she did, creating the music to match. Despite this, she didn’t ever win a Grammy, and the organization has yet to recognize her in the way she deserves.

So, to remind the Grammys of the unique X factor she possessed, here are her top three songs ever.

3“Mercedes Benz”

“Mercedes Benz” is one of the few Joplin hits that she actually wrote. And in it, she begs God to prove His love to her by buying her nice things, like a Mercedes-Benz.

“It’s the want of something that gives you the blues,” she said of the song. “It’s not what isn’t, it’s what you wish was that makes unhappiness.”

She actually took the first line from a poem/song by Michael McClure called “O Lord, Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz” and crafted her own tune.

The next song, however, she did not write.

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Caleb Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence Of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He blogs about music at
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