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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:
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



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


Riders On the Storm 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
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 & The 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:
*
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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