500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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

Janis Joplin, 'Pearl'

125. 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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