500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Janis Joplin, 'Pearl'
376/500

376. Janis Joplin, 'Pearl'

Columbia, 1971

On Pearl, Joplin made a solo album worthy of her Texas blues-mama wail. Whether singing hippie gospel or country soul, she never sounded more intimate and assured. "Me and Bobby McGee" was a Number One single, but Joplin didn’t get to enjoy her triumph. She died of a drug overdose before the album was finished.

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