Janis Joplin in the documentary "Festival Express"

Janis Joplin in the documentary "Festival Express"

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Today marks what would have been the 73rd birthday of legendary Texas-born rocker Janis Joplin. I like to imagine the possibilities of a take-no-b.s., 70-something Janis ranting on Twitter, dropping truth bombs on Stephen Colbert's show, having her own branded liquor and just being generally awesome.

That version of a modern-day Janis and all other potential versions -- good and bad -- will have to remain in our imaginations, as Joplin died of a heroin overdose on Oct. 4, 1970 in Hollywood. She was 27 years old. 

To commemorate what could have been, here's a playlist of 12 essential Janis Joplin songs. Find them all in a Spotify playlist at the bottom. 

Me and Bobby McGee


Women Is Losers


Piece of My Heart

Ball and Chain


Work Me, Lord

Move Over

Cry Baby

Mercedes Benz

Get it While You Can

Spotify playlist:

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