Little Ditties: 20 Short But Sweet Classic Rock Songs That Leave Us Wanting More

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14. Janis Joplin “Mercedes Benz” (1:47)


The a cappella song was written by Joplin, poet Michael McClure and singer-songwriter Bob Neuwirth. Singer Bobby Womack has said that Joplin was inspired to write the lyrics after taking a ride with him in his Mercedes. It was recorded in one take and is one of the last tracks Joplin recorded as she died three days later. The song was released posthumously on 1971’s Pearl.
13. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Ain’t No Telling” (1:46)


The song was released on the band’s second studio album – 1967’s Axis: Bold as Love and is actually pretty complex in structure with various different parts, despite being under 2 minutes long.

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