Known In The '70s For: Being the singer/songwriter behind the acclaimed albums Blue (1971), For the Roses (1972), and Court and Spark (1974)
The slender Canadian girl who wrote "Chelsea Morning" and "Both Sides Now" was the most desired folkie on the scene, and she wasn't afraid to date within the industry. Her boyfriends included Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and 2/3 of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Not only was she more exotic than her folk predecessors Joan Baez and Judy Collins, she was also far more musically adventurous, venturing further and further into jazz as the '70s wore on. Mitchell had survived polio as a kid and gave a baby up for adoption when she was 21—there was a certain badassery to her that kids today might never comprehend. Listen to "Carey," off her album Blue, and you might just get it, though.