* CoveredUp: Three of her biggest hits, "Piece of My Heart", "Cry Baby", and "Me and Bobby Mcgee", were covers. (As was her more modest hit, "Ball and Chain".)
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Her final recording was "Mercedes Benz" on October 1st, 1970, three days before she died, which means the last words she ever said on record were "That's it!"
* SignatureSong: ''Piece of My Heart'' or ''Me and Bobby [=McGee=]''
* {{Tearjerker}}: "The drinks are on Pearl"
* {{The Woobie}}: Janis had to deal with years of bullying over her looks and a fiance who cheated on her with her friend after their wake, facts that led to her overdosing not once, but several times before it became fatal.