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100 Greatest Songs From 1971

Criteria: Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.
Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist

Led Zeppelin band photo

Imagine single cover

What's Going On single cover

Let's Stay Together single cover

Maggie May single cover

American Pie single cover

Won't Get Fooled Again single cover

Brown Sugar single cover

Family Affair single cover

Theme from Shaft single cover
1
Stairway To Heaven
Led Zeppelin
2
Imagine
John Lennon
3
What's Going On
Marvin Gaye
4
Let's Stay Together
Al Green
5
Maggie May
Rod Stewart
6
American Pie
Don McLean
7
Won't Get Fooled Again
The Who
8
Brown Sugar
Rolling Stones
9
Just My Imagination
Temptations
10
Family Affair
Sly and the Family Stone
11
Theme From "Shaft"
Isaac Hayes
12
Me And Bobby McGee
Janis Joplin
13
Baba O'Riley
The Who
14
It's Too Late
Carole King
15
Riders On The Storm
Doors
16
Ain't No Sunshine
Bill Withers
17
Rock And Roll
Led Zeppelin
18
Changes
David Bowie
19
Black Dog
Led Zeppelin
20
Tired Of Being Alone
Al Green
21
Mercy Mercy Me
Marvin Gaye
22
Bang A Gong (Get It On)
T. Rex
23
Roundabout
Yes
24
Aqualung
Jethro Tull
25
Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)
Hollies
26
Have You Seen Her
Chi-Lites
27
Tiny Dancer
Elton John
28
Respect Yourself
Staple Singers
29
Without You
Nilsson
30
Smiling Faces Sometimes
Undisputed Truth
31
Behind Blue Eyes
The Who
32
LA Woman
Doors
33
Mr. Big Stuff
Jean Knight
34
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Marvin Gaye
35
A Horse With No Name
America
36
Locomotive Breath
Jethro Tull
37
Rock Steady
Aretha Franklin
38
Wild Horses
Rolling Stones
39
Life On Mars?
David Bowie
40
Take Me Home, Country Roads
John Denver
41
Vincent
Don McLean
42
You've Got A Friend
James Taylor
43
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band
44
Slipping into Darkness
War
45
Superstar
Carpenters
46
Clean Up Woman
Betty Wright
47
Betcha By Golly Wow
Stylistics
48
Hocus Pocus
Focus
49
Morning Has Broken
Cat Stevens
50
I Feel The Earth Move
Carole King
51
You Are Everything
Stylistics
52
Love Her Madly
Doors
53
It Don't Come Easy
Ringo Starr
54
Stay With Me
Faces
55
Jealous Guy
John Lennon
56
Never Can Say Goodbye
Jackson 5
57
Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
Dramatics
58
When The Levee Breaks
Led Zeppelin
59
If
Bread
60
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Paul & Linda McCartney
61
Maggot Brain
Funkadelic
62
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
Bee Gees
63
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Rolling Stones
64
Sylvia's Mother
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
65
Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves
Cher
66
Thin Line Between Love And Hate
Persuaders
67
I've Seen All Good People
Yes
68
I Am, I Said
Neil Diamond
69
Got To Be There
Michael Jackson
70
Rainy Days and Mondays
Carpenters
71
Peace Train
Cat Stevens
72
Case Of You
Joni Mitchell
73
I Gotcha
Joe Tex
74
Spanish Harlem
Aretha Franklin
75
Mercedes Benz
Janis Joplin
76
Day After Day
Badfinger
77
Wild Night
Van Morrison
78
Hot Pants
James Brown
79
Jeepster
T. Rex
80
If You Really Love Me
Stevie Wonder
81
Another Day
Paul McCartney
82
In the Rain
Dramatics
83
Brand New Key
Melanie
84
Indian Reservation
Raiders
85
Want Ads
Honey Cone
86
Coat Of Many Colors
Dolly Parton
87
I'd Love To Change The World
Ten Years After
88
She's A Lady
Tom Jones
89
Treat Her Like A Lady
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
90
So Far Away
Carole King
91
Grandma's Hands
Bill Withers
92
Baby I'm-a Want You
Bread
93
Echoes
Pink Floyd
94
Baby Blue
Badfinger
95
Drowning In The Sea Of Love
Joe Simon
96
Hold Your Head Up
Argent
97
Famous Blue Raincoat
Leonard Cohen
98
Sweet City Woman
Stampeders
99
The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
Traffic
100
Levon
Elton John
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Going To California
Led Zeppelin
102
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Aretha Franklin
103
Never Been To Spain
Three Dog Night
104
All Day Music
War
105
Don't Pull Your Love
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
106
Bitch
Rolling Stones
107
Statesboro Blues
Allman Brothers Band
108
Bargain
The Who
109
Make It Funky
James Brown
110
Hot Rod Lincoln
Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
111
An Old Fashioned Love Song
Three Dog Night
112
Do You Know What I Mean
Lee Michaels
113
The Story In Your Eyes
Moody Blues
114
Funky Nassau
Beginning Of The End
115
Reason To Believe
Rod Stewart
116
I Just Want To Celebrate
Rare Earth
117
No One To Depend On
Santana
118
Don't Knock My Love
Wilson Pickett
119
Scorpio
Dennis Coffey & the Detroit Guitar Band
120
She's Not Just Another Woman
Eighth Day
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1971
Brian's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1971
*
Oh Me Oh My
Aretha Franklin
Lew's Choice:
*
Change Partners
Stephen Stills
Bruce's Choice:
*
Girls In The City
Esquires
Adam's Choice:
*
Oak Fire
Lee Michaels
Brett's Choice:
*
Bubble Gum The Blues/I'm A Cruiser
Emitt Rhodes


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