100 Greatest Albums of 1971

Criteria: These albums were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. What's Going On
Marvin Gaye
2. Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin
3. Who's Next
The Who
4. Blue
Joni Mitchell
5. There's A Riot Goin' On
Sly And The Family Stone
6. Tapestry
Carole King
7. Sticky Fingers
The Rolling Stones
8. L.A. Woman
The Doors
9. At Fillmore East
The Allman Brothers Band
10. Imagine
John Lennon
11. Hunky Dory
David Bowie
12. Aqualung
Jethro Tull
13. Fragile
14. Electric Warrior
15. Pearl
Janis Joplin
16. Every Picture Tells A Story
Rod Stewart
17. Maggot Brain
18. Master Of Reality
Black Sabbath
19. Ram
Paul and Linda McCartney
20. Meddle
Pink Floyd
21. Teaser and the Firecat
Cat Stevens
22. Surf's Up
The Beach Boys
23. The Yes Album
24. Al Green Gets Next to You
Al Green
25. Pieces of a Man
Gil Scott-Heron
26. Just as I Am
Bill Withers
27. Curtis/Live!
Curtis Mayfield
28. Killer
Alice Cooper
29. Tago Mago
30. Nilsson Schmilsson
31. Soul Revolution
Bob Marley and The Wailers
32. The Stylistics
The Stylistics
33. Shaft
Isaac Hayes
34. If I Could Only Remember My Name
David Crosby
35. A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...to a Blind Horse
36. Santana III
37. Love It to Death
Alice Cooper
38. Pawn Hearts
Van der Graaf Generator
39. Nursery Cryme
40. Roots
Curtis Mayfield
41. The Concert for Bangla Desh
Various Artists
42. Tupelo Honey
Van Morrison
43. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
44. 4 Way Street
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
45. Madman Across the Water
Elton John
46. Muswell Hillbillies
The Kinks
47. Teenage Head
The Flamin' Groovies
48. In the Land of Grey and Pink
49. Stormcock
Roy Harper
50. Aretha Live at Fillmore West
Aretha Franklin

51. Faust
52. Tarkus
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
53. Gonna Take a Miracle
Laura Nyro and Labelle
54. American Pie
Don McLean
55. Fireball
Deep Purple
56. White Light
Gene Clark
57. Revolution of the Mind (Live at the Apollo, Vol. 3)
James Brown
58. The Cry of Love
Jimi Hendrix
59. Focus II / Moving Waves
60. All Day Music
61. Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse
62. Islands
King Crimson
63. Straight Up
64. Mirror Man
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
65. First Utterance
66. Straight from the Heart
Ann Peebles
67. Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren
68. Deuce
Rory Gallagher
69. Black Moses
Isaac Hayes
70. In Search of Space
71. (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People
The Chi-Lites
72. Where I'm Coming From
Stevie Wonder
73. The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend
Baby Huey
74. Nantucket Sleighride
75. Sky's the Limit
The Temptations
76. Hot Pants
James Brown
77. Melting Pot
Booker T. & The MG's
78. Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
The Moody Blues
79. John Prine
John Prine
80. Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)
Elvis Presley
81. Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon
James Taylor
82. A Nickel and a Nail and Ace of Spades
O.V. Wright
83. Givin' It Back
The Isley Brothers
84. Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse
Eugene McDaniels
85. Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher
86. Look at Yourself
Uriah Heep
87. Acquiring the Taste
Gentle Giant
88. Message from the Country
The Move
89. Don't Knock My Love
Wilson Pickett
90. Link Wray
Link Wray
91. Satori
The Flower Travellin' Band
92. America
93. Salisbury
Uriah Heep
94. One Year
Colin Blunstone
95. High Time
The MC5
96. Split
The Groundhogs
97. Harmony
Three Dog Night
98. Songs For Beginners
Graham Nash
99. The Staple Swingers
The Staple Singers
100. Time and Place
Lee Moses
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1971
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great album from 1971
* Soulful Tapestry
The Honey Cone

Adam's choice:
* Rat On!
Swamp Dogg

Brett's choice:
* Gettin' Over The Hump
Simtec & Wylie

Lew's choice:
* Watcha Gonna Do
Denny Doherty
1970   |   1972