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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.
Edited By: Brian
1971
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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
Greatest Songs '70s
Greatest Artists '70s
Greatest Albums '70s


Led Zeppelin



Imagine



What's Going On



Let's Stay Together



Maggie May


American Pie


Won't Get Fooled Again



Brown Sugar



Family Affair



Theme from Shaft



Riders On the Storm
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 Clean Up Woman Betty Wright
38 You've Got A Friend James Taylor
39 Slipping into Darkness War
40 Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves Cher
41 You Are Everything Stylistics
42 It Don't Come Easy Ringo Starr
43 Thin Line Between Love and Hate Persuaders
44 Hot Pants James Brown
45 I Feel the Earth Move Carole King
46 Love Her Madly Doors
47 Wild Horses Rolling Stones
48 Life on Mars? David Bowie
49 Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver
50 Betcha By Golly Wow Stylistics
51 Stay with Me Faces
52 Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get Dramatics
53 Spanish Harlem Aretha Franklin
54 I've Seen All Good People Yes
55 Jealous Guy John Lennon
56 Superstar Carpenters
57 Indian Reservation Raiders
58 Rock Steady Aretha Franklin
59 Want Ads Honey Cone
60 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John & Yoko & Plastic Ono Band
61 If You Really Love Me Stevie Wonder
62 Day After Day Badfinger
63 Wild Night Van Morrison
64 Treat Her Like a Lady Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
65 Do You Know What I Mean Lee Michaels
66 Don't Pull Your Love Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
67 I'd Love to Change the World Ten Years After
68 The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys Traffic
69 Going to California Led Zeppelin
70 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey Paul & Linda McCartney
71 Never Can Say Goodbye Jackson 5
72 Peace Train Cat Stevens
73 Got To Be There Michael Jackson
74 Levon Elton John
75 Drowning in the Sea of Love Joe Simon
76 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart Bee Gees
77 I Am, I Said Neil Diamond
78 Hocus Pocus Focus
79 All Day Music War
80 She's a Lady Tom Jones
81 Baby I'm-a Want You Bread
82 I Gotcha Joe Tex
83 Coat of Many Colors Dolly Parton
84 Precious And Few Climax
85 Bargain The Who
86 Case of You Joni Mitchell
87 Maggot Brain Funkadelic
88 Morning Has Broken Cat Stevens
89 Rainy Days and Mondays Carpenters
90 So Far Away Carole King
91 Brand New Key Melanie
92 Can't You Hear Me Knocking Rolling Stones
93 If Bread
94 Reason To Believe Rod Stewart
95 Vincent Don McLean
96 Funky Nassau Beginning Of The End
97 Sylvia's Mother Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
98 An Old Fashioned Love Song Three Dog Night
99 Sweet City Woman Stampeders
100 Make It Funky James Brown
20 more worth mentioning.
101 When the Levee Breaks Led Zeppelin
102 Never Been To Spain Three Dog Night
103 Another Day Paul McCartney
104 Statesboro Blues Allman Brothers Band
105 Hot Rod Lincoln Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
106 Famous Blue Raincoat Leonard Cohen
107 Outa-Space Billy Preston
108 The Story In Your Eyes Moody Blues
109 Sunshine Jonathan Edwards
110 Sooner Or Later Grass Roots
111 Sam Stone John Prine
112 Bitch Rolling Stones
113 Jeepster T. Rex
114 No One to Depend On Santana
115 I Just Want To Celebrate Rare Earth
116 Scorpio Dennis Coffey & the Detroit Guitar Band
117 She's Not Just Another Woman Eighth Day
118 Long Distance Runaround Yes
119 Don't Knock My Love Wilson Pickett
120 Sweet Seasons Carole King
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1971
Brian's choice - An unheralded great record from 1971
* Oh Me Oh My Aretha Franklin
Lew's choice - An unheralded great record from 1971
* Change Partners Stephen Stills
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great record from 1971
* Girls In The City Esquires
Adam's choice - An unheralded great record from 1971
* Oak Fire Lee Michaels
Brett's choice - An unheralded great record from 1971
* Bubble Gum The Blues/I'm A Cruiser Emitt Rhodes




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