The Ultimate List of the Best Cover Songs Ever (Ranked)

48. Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

“You know feelin’ good was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.”

Me and Bobby McGee was written by Kris Kristofferson and originally performed by Roger Miller in 1969. The single peaked at the number 12 spot on the U.S. country chart, but this version didn’t come close to Janis Joplin’s.


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Joplin recorded the track for her Pearl album in October 1970, only a few days before her untimely death. In fact, Kristofferson didn’t know that Joplin recorded a version of his song. He only heard it for the first time the day after she died. The track topped the U.S. singles chart in ’71, making it her only number-one single.