9. Janis Joplin, “Ball ‘N’ Chain” (1968)
Originally recorded by blues belter Big Mama Thornton, this song became the signature tune for the freewheeling acid queen of the 1960’s Haight Ashbury music scene. In the song love is equated with bondage, specifically, the archaic practice of chaining prisoners to a heavy ball made of lead. Sadly, in life Joplin was chained to drug addiction leading to her untimely death in 1970.
10. The Temptations, “Ball Of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)” (1970)
One of Motown’s greatest vocal groups, The Temptations pioneered psychedelic soul on this 1970 hit. While the song itself talked about the turbulent world of the late 1960s the title could just as easily been about The Tempts themselves as singer after singer left the band to form off-shoot groups and launch solo careers.