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Joni Mitchell has been long-regarded as one of the greatest singer/songwriters in American music. Emerging as one of the cornerstone artists of 1960s folk music, Mitchell touched audiences worldwide with songs like “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Help Me,” and “Free Man in Paris.”

Well, turns out that Mitchell has made a big impact on R&B and Hip-Hop too. From Janet Jackson and Kelly Rowland to Mac Dre and Lil Kim, Mitchell’s art stretches across multiple genres more than you think.

In honor of Joni Mitchell’s 80th birthday (Nov. 7, 2023), let’s take a look at some of the impact that she has had on the culture.

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1. Janet Jackson ft. Q-Tip & Joni Mitchell – “Got Til It’s Gone”

Samples “Big Yellow Taxi” (1970)

2. Mac Dre – “Song 4 U”

Samples “Blue” (1971)

3. Prince – “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”

Samples “Help Me” (1974)

4. Lil Kim – “Don’t Mess With Me”

Samples “Big Yellow Taxi” (1970)

5. El Michels Affair & Black Thought – “I’m Still Somehow”

Samples “Both Sides Now” (1969)

6. Kelly Rowland ft. Wiz Khalifa – “Gone”

Samples “Big Yellow Taxi” (1970)

7. P.M. Dawn – “The Ways of The Wind”

Samples “I Had a King” (1968)

8. Kanye West & Clipse – “Crazy”

Samples “River” (1971)