"Joni Mitchell never lies." The lyric delivered by A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip on Janet Jackson's 1997 hit single, "Got 'Til It's Gone," underscored the track's deep ties to the legendary folk singer. Mitchell herself is credited on the track, thanks to a thick sample from her 1970 hit, "Big Yellow Taxi." It's just one of countless examples of Mitchell's vast influence across popular music. From her 1968 debut, Song to a Seagull, through 2017 full-length, Shine, Mitchell has exemplified the term "artist." While her music and influence wasn't always reflected on the Billboard charts, the Mitchell's artistry has endured well beyond fleeting sensations and trends. Here's a rundown of Joni Mitchell's biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
1. "Help Me"
The second single from her classic Court and Spark LP stands as Mitchell's biggest hit, peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 over the week of June 8, 1974.
2. "Big Yellow Taxi"
One of Mitchell's most recognizable singles (thanks in part to Janet Jackson), this Ladies of the Canyon tune hit #24 in February 1975.
3. "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio"
Taken from her fifth studio album, For the Roses, this strong acoustic tune
peaked at #25 in February 1973.
4. "Free Man in Paris"
This Court and Spark tune just missed the top 20, climbing as high as #22 in September '74.
5. "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care"
Jumping over to Geffen Records in 1982, Mitchell scored some spins with this single from the Wild Thing Run Fast album, which she said was heavily influenced by the like of the Police, Steely Dan and Talking Heads.
6. "Raised on Robbery"
Another Court and Spark classic, this song about a lady of the night accosting a man in a hotel lobby was subversive enough to generate AM radio spins en route to a #65 peak on the Hot 100 in February 1974.
7. "In France They Kiss on Main Street"
The opening track to Mitchell's brilliant The Hissing of Summer Lawns album crept into the Hot 100 to reach #66 in February 1976.
8. "Good Friends"
Mitchell's Dog Eat Dog album was another pop-influenced release on Geffen Records, squeaking out a #85 showing on the Hot 100 in January 1986.
This song from Mitchell's acclaimed Blue LP slid into the Hot 100 to peak at #93 over the week of September 4, 1971.
10. BONUS TRACK: "Woodstock"
The song known by many for its Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young version, this second-hand account of the legendary festival was written by Mitchell after her then-boyfriend Graham Nash told her about it. The track originally appeared as a Ladies of the Canyon album cut.