"Piece of My Heart" is a song written by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns and originally recorded by Erma Franklin in 1967. The song came to mainstream attention when Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company performed the song in 1968 on their album Cheap Thrills. The song has been remade by a vast array of singers including Dusty Springfield, who included it on her 1968 album Dusty... Definitely, and also by Faith Hill and Beverley Knight.
In 2004, the Big Brother and the Holding Company version of this song was ranked #344 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The song became more popular, however, when recorded by Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1968, with lead singer Janis Joplin. The song was taken from the group's album Cheap Thrills, recorded in 1968 and released on Columbia Records.
Franklin said in an interview that when she first heard Joplin's version on the radio, she didn't recognize it because of the vocal arrangement