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