Top Albums of 1971

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 7 Marvin Gaye What's Going On Soul
2 28 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV Hard Rock
3 35 The Who Who's Next Hard Rock
4 45 The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Blues Rock
5 51 Joni Mitchell Blue Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
6 57 Sly and the Family Stone There's a Riot Goin' On Funk, Soul
7 66 David Bowie Hunky Dory Art Rock, Glam Rock, Pop Rock
8 71 Carole King Tapestry Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock
9 94 John Lennon Imagine Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
10 140 The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East Blues Rock, Jam Band, Southern Rock
11 151 T. Rex Electric Warrior Glam Rock
12 179 Janis Joplin Pearl Blues Rock
13 198 Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story Pop Rock
14 222 The Doors L.A. Woman Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
15 224 Can Tago Mago Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
16 337 Serge Gainsbourg Histoire de Melody Nelson Art Pop, French Pop
17 458 Jethro Tull Aqualung Progressive Rock
18 461 Leonard Cohen Songs of Love and Hate Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
19 462 Funkadelic Maggot Brain Funk, Funk Rock
20 667 The Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
21 687 Black Sabbath Master of Reality Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
22 701 The Beach Boys Surf's Up Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop
23 760 David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
24 841 Flamin' Groovies Teenage Head Blues Rock, Garage Rock, Rock & Roll
25 846 Alice Cooper Killer Glam Rock, Hard Rock
26 876 Yes Fragile Progressive Rock
27 886 John Prine John Prine Contemporary Folk, Country, Singer/Songwriter
28 938 Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
29 1022 Isaac Hayes Shaft Film Score, Funk, Soul
30 1128 Bob Marley and The Wailers Soul Revolution/African Herbsman Roots Reggae
31 1160 Yes The Yes Album Progressive Rock
32 1176 Faces A Nod Is As Good As a a Blind Horse Hard Rock
33 1201 Paul and Linda McCartney Ram Pop Rock
34 1236 Pink Floyd Meddle Progressive Rock
35 1239 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 4 Way Street Folk Rock
36 1241 Alice Cooper Love It to Death Glam Rock, Hard Rock
37 1358 The Kinks Muswell Hillbillies Country Rock, Pop Rock
38 1359 Van der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts Progressive Rock
39 1378 Carla Bley & Paul Haines Escalator Over the Hill Experimental Big Band
40 1417 Dolly Parton Coat of Many Colors Country
41 1507 Miles Davis A Tribute to Jack Johnson Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
42 1552 Van Morrison Tupelo Honey Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
43 1572 Various Artists The Concert for Bangla Desh Folk Rock
44 1578 Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink Canterbury Scene
45 1605 Roy Harper Stormcock Progressive Folk, Singer/Songwriter
46 1625 Faust Faust Krautrock
47 1639 Gil Scott-Heron Pieces of a Man Soul
48 1741 Cat Stevens Teaser and the Firecat Folk Pop, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
49 1851 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tarkus Symphonic Prog
50 1866 Michel Polnareff Polnareff's Baroque Pop, French Pop
51 1867 Anthony Braxton For Alto Free Jazz
52 1908 Popol Vuh In den Gärten Pharaos Ambient, Krautrock
53 1912 Chico Buarque Construção MPB, Singer/Songwriter
54 1923 Bill Withers Just As I Am Soul
55 2009 Miles Davis Live Evil Jazz Fusion
56 2014 Curtis Mayfield Curtis/Live! Chicago Soul
57 2182 Joan Manuel Serrat Mediterráneo Nueva canción española     
58 2284 Traffic The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys Progressive Rock
59 2366 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi Jazz Fusion
60 2383 Aretha Franklin Aretha Live at Fillmore West Deep Soul
61 2399 B.B. King Live in Cook County Jail Electric Blues
62 2488 Comus First Utterance Freak Folk, Progressive Folk
63 2511 Gal Costa Fa-Tal - Gal a Todo Vapor Blues Rock, Tropicália     
64 2547 Don McLean American Pie Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
65 2596 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Pictures at an Exhibition Symphonic Prog
66 2652 The Last Poets This Is Madness Poetry
67 2678 Elton John Madman Across the Water Piano Rock
68 2701 Al Green Al Green Gets Next to You Southern Soul
69 2706 Laura Nyro and Labelle Gonna Take a Miracle Pop Soul, Rhythm & Blues
70 2712 Shirley Collins and The Albion Country Band No Roses British Folk Rock
71 2817 Faces Long Player Rock
72 2833 Elvis Presley Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) Nashville Sound
73 2850 Master Musicians of Jajouka Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Joujouka Arabic Folk Music

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Alice Coltrane Universal Consciousness Free Jazz, Spiritual Jazz
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Mirror Man Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Santana Santana III Latin Rock
King Crimson Islands Progressive Rock
Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers Electric Blues
Judee Sill Judee Sill Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Chick Corea Piano Improvisations, Vol. 1 Jazz
Gene Clark Gene Clark/White Light Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Deep Purple Fireball Hard Rock
Tom T. Hall In Search of a Song Country, Progressive Rock
Colin Blunstone One Year Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter     
Rory Gallagher Deuce Blues Rock
Jimi Hendrix The Cry of Love Psychedelic Rock
War All Day Music Funk, Soul
James Taylor Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
James Brown Revolution of the Mind (Live at the Apollo, Vol. 3) Funk, Soul     
Hawkwind In Search of Space Space Rock
Crazy Horse Crazy Horse Roots Rock     
John McLaughlin My Goal's Beyond Jazz Fusion     
Ann Peebles Straight from the Heart Southern Soul
Curtis Mayfield Roots Chicago Soul, Funk     
Badfinger Straight Up Power Pop
MC5 High Time Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Proto-Punk     
The Chi-Lites (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People Chicago Soul, Smooth Soul
John Fahey America American Primitivism     
Todd Rundgren Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren Power Pop     
Barbra Streisand Stoney End Soft Rock
Amon Düül II Tanz der Lemminge Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock     
Duke Ellington New Orleans Suite Big Band
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 Open & Close Afrobeat
Bridget St John Songs for the Gentle Man British Folk Rock, Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Chick Corea Piano Improvisations, Vol. 2 Jazz
Steeleye Span Please to See the King British Folk Rock, English Folk Music
Isaac Hayes Black Moses Smooth Soul     
Ash Ra Tempel Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock     
Earl Hines Earl Hines Plays Duke Ellington Jazz
John Coltrane Sun Ship Avant-Garde Jazz     
Genesis Nursery Cryme Progressive Rock     
The Move Message from the Country Psychedelic Rock
Stevie Wonder Where I'm Coming From Soul
Françoise Hardy La Question Chanson, French Pop     
John Martyn Bless the Weather British Folk Rock, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter     
Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath Brotherhood of Breath Jazz     
Osibisa Woyaya Highlife, Jazz-Rock
The Stylistics The Stylistics Philly Soul, Smooth Soul
Link Wray Link Wray Americana, Country Rock, Roots Rock          
Focus Focus II/Moving Waves Symphonic Prog
The Mothers Fillmore East - June 1971 Jazz-Rock
Waylon Jennings The Taker/Tulsa Outlaw Country