Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time

The fiercest albums that female musicians have given the world

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Janis Joplin, 'Pearl'

12. Janis Joplin, 'Pearl'

Columbia, 1971

The blues-belting mama’s last stand, released posthumously. Joplin helped invent modern country rock with songs such as the poignant a cappella "Mercedes Benz" and her definitive take on Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee."

Essential moment: Joplin scat-screaming "Hey, hey, hey, Bobby McGee!" as the band cascades behind her.

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