Top Albums of 1971





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
7
Marvin Gaye What's Going On Soul
2
28
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV Hard Rock
3
32
The Who Who's Next Hard Rock
4
48
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Blues Rock
5
52
Joni Mitchell Blue Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
6
56
Sly and the Family Stone There's a Riot Goin' On Funk, Soul
7
70
David Bowie Hunky Dory Art Rock, Glam Rock, Pop Rock
8
72
Carole King Tapestry Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock
9
95
John Lennon Imagine Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
10
143
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East Blues Rock, Jam Band, Southern Rock
11
161
T. Rex Electric Warrior Glam Rock
12
200
Janis Joplin Pearl Blues Rock
13
202
Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story Pop Rock
14
234
The Doors L.A. Woman Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
15
243
Can Tago Mago Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
16
264
Nick Drake Bryter Layter Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
17
318
Serge Gainsbourg Histoire de Melody Nelson Art Pop, French Pop
18
448
Jethro Tull Aqualung Progressive Rock
19
472
Leonard Cohen Songs of Love and Hate Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
20
506
Funkadelic Maggot Brain Funk, Funk Rock
21
699
The Beach Boys Surf's Up Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop
22
706
The Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
23
771
Black Sabbath Master of Reality Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
24
790
David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
25
823
Alice Cooper Killer Glam Rock, Hard Rock
26
881
Yes Fragile Progressive Rock
27
884
Flamin' Groovies Teenage Head Blues Rock, Garage Rock, Rock & Roll
28
907
John Prine John Prine Contemporary Folk, Country, Singer/Songwriter
29
1002
Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
30
1043
Isaac Hayes Shaft Film Score, Funk, Soul
31
1168
Bob Marley and The Wailers Soul Revolution/African Herbsman Roots Reggae
32
1236
Alice Cooper Love It to Death Glam Rock, Hard Rock
33
1245
Pink Floyd Meddle Progressive Rock
34
1253
Paul and Linda McCartney Ram Pop Rock
35
1261
Faces A Nod Is As Good As a Wink...to a Blind Horse Hard Rock
36
1264
Carla Bley & Paul Haines Escalator Over the Hill Experimental Big Band
37
1308
Yes The Yes Album Progressive Rock
38
1351
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 4 Way Street Folk Rock
39
1375
Gil Scott-Heron Pieces of a Man Soul
40
1498
Dolly Parton Coat of Many Colors Country
41
1502
The Kinks Muswell Hillbillies Country Rock, Pop Rock
42
1519
Van der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts Progressive Rock
43
1568
Michel Polnareff Polnareff's Baroque Pop, French Pop
44
1571
Various Artists The Concert for Bangla Desh Folk Rock
45
1595
Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink Canterbury Scene
46
1636
Roy Harper Stormcock Progressive Folk, Singer/Songwriter
47
1669
Anthony Braxton For Alto Free Jazz
48
1682
Miles Davis A Tribute to Jack Johnson Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
49
1770
Van Morrison Tupelo Honey Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
50
1794
Faust Faust Krautrock
51
1858
Cat Stevens Teaser and the Firecat Folk Pop, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
52
1874
Joan Manuel Serrat Mediterráneo Nueva canción española
53
1993
Curtis Mayfield Curtis/Live! Chicago Soul
54
2010
Bill Withers Just As I Am Soul
55
2023
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tarkus Symphonic Prog
56
2033
Chico Buarque Construção MPB, Singer/Songwriter
57
2051
Popol Vuh In den Gärten Pharaos Ambient, Krautrock
58
2122
Miles Davis Live Evil Jazz Fusion
59
2136
Traffic The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys Progressive Rock
60
2149
Comus First Utterance Freak Folk, Progressive Folk
61
2247
Herbie Hancock Mwandishi Jazz Fusion
62
2383
B.B. King Live in Cook County Jail Electric Blues
63
2417
The Last Poets This Is Madness Poetry
64
2453
Judee Sill Judee Sill Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
65
2526
Aretha Franklin Aretha Live at Fillmore West Deep Soul
66
2555
Elton John Madman Across the Water Piano Rock
67
2668
Al Green Al Green Gets Next to You Southern Soul
68
2693
Master Musicians of Jajouka Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Joujouka Arabic Folk Music
69
2710
Don McLean American Pie Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
70
2782
Shirley Collins and The Albion Country Band No Roses British Folk Rock
71
2783
Laura Nyro and Labelle Gonna Take a Miracle Pop Soul, Rhythm & Blues
72
2828
Santana Santana III Latin Rock
73
2847
Gal Costa Fa-Tal - Gal a Todo Vapor Blues Rock, Tropicália
74
2863
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Pictures at an Exhibition Symphonic Prog
75
2933
Colin Blunstone One Year Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter
76
2984
Elvis Presley Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) Nashville Sound

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