220px-Cheapthrills#13 – Big Brother & The Holding Company – “Piece of My Heart” – (1968)

While Janis Joplin might get all of the credit here oftentimes, this song was actually recorded by Big Brother and the Holding Company and it is a cover of a song originally recorded by Erma Franklin (Aretha’s sister). This version absolutely rocks and might be Janis’ best work. Big Brother is one of the most important bands of the late 60s psychedelic rock scene that came out of San Francisco – the epicenter of 1960s counterculture. Side note: if you’re familiar with “Smooth” by Santana and Rob Thomas, listen to this song at the 3:30 mark and then go listen to “Smooth.” See if you can spot the striking similarity.