* CoveredUp: Three of her biggest hits, "Piece of My Heart" (originally by Erma Franklin[[note]]Music/ArethaFranklin's sister[[/note]]), "Cry Baby" (Garnet Mimms), and "Me and Bobby [=McGee=]" (Kris Kristofferson, first recorded by Roger Miller), were covers. (As was her more modest hit, "Ball and Chain" [Big Mama Thornton].)
* 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!"
* HarsherInHindsight: When she heard about the death of Music/JimiHendrix, Joplin said "He beat me to it." Two weeks later she was dead.
* SignatureSong: ''Piece of My Heart'' or ''Me and Bobby [=McGee=]''
* {{Tearjerker}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX8hOw31wCQ Little Girl Blue.]] Even more so when you know her story. You can really hear the hurt in her voice, especially when she peforms the song as a guest on the Tom Jones' tv show.
** "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.