Top Albums of 1971





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
6
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
47
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Blues Rock
5
50
Joni Mitchell Blue Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
6
57
Sly and the Family Stone There's a Riot Goin' On Funk, Soul
7
68
David Bowie Hunky Dory Art Rock, Glam Rock, Pop Rock
8
72
Carole King Tapestry Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock
9
97
John Lennon Imagine Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
10
144
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East Blues Rock, Jam Band, Southern Rock
11
161
T. Rex Electric Warrior Glam Rock
12
192
Janis Joplin Pearl Blues Rock
13
203
Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story Pop Rock
14
235
The Doors L.A. Woman Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
15
240
Can Tago Mago Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
16
263
Nick Drake Bryter Layter Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
17
308
Serge Gainsbourg Histoire de Melody Nelson Art Pop, French Pop
18
448
Jethro Tull Aqualung Progressive Rock
19
457
Leonard Cohen Songs of Love and Hate Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
20
508
Funkadelic Maggot Brain Funk, Funk Rock
21
698
The Beach Boys Surf's Up Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop
22
717
The Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
23
771
Black Sabbath Master of Reality Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
24
793
David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
25
817
Alice Cooper Killer Glam Rock, Hard Rock
26
882
Yes Fragile Progressive Rock
27
891
Flamin' Groovies Teenage Head Blues Rock, Garage Rock, Rock & Roll
28
912
John Prine John Prine Contemporary Folk, Country, Singer/Songwriter
29
1000
Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
30
1049
Isaac Hayes Shaft Film Score, Funk, Soul
31
1172
Bob Marley and The Wailers Soul Revolution/African Herbsman Roots Reggae
32
1232
Alice Cooper Love It to Death Glam Rock, Hard Rock
33
1239
Paul and Linda McCartney Ram Pop Rock
34
1247
Pink Floyd Meddle Progressive Rock
35
1258
Faces A Nod Is As Good As a Wink...to a Blind Horse Hard Rock
36
1310
Yes The Yes Album Progressive Rock
37
1342
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 4 Way Street Folk Rock
38
1356
Carla Bley & Paul Haines Escalator Over the Hill Experimental Big Band
39
1480
The Kinks Muswell Hillbillies Country Rock, Pop Rock
40
1502
Dolly Parton Coat of Many Colors Country
41
1519
Van der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts Progressive Rock
42
1550
Various Artists The Concert for Bangla Desh Folk Rock
43
1580
Michel Polnareff Polnareff's Baroque Pop, French Pop
44
1591
Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink Canterbury Scene
45
1620
Gil Scott-Heron Pieces of a Man Soul
46
1648
Roy Harper Stormcock Progressive Folk, Singer/Songwriter
47
1666
Anthony Braxton For Alto Free Jazz
48
1686
Miles Davis A Tribute to Jack Johnson Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
49
1724
Van Morrison Tupelo Honey Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
50
1792
Faust Faust Krautrock
51
1864
Cat Stevens Teaser and the Firecat Folk Pop, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
52
1868
Joan Manuel Serrat Mediterráneo Nueva canción española
53
1941
Curtis Mayfield Curtis/Live! Chicago Soul
54
2020
Bill Withers Just As I Am Soul
55
2036
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tarkus Symphonic Prog
56
2041
Chico Buarque Construção MPB, Singer/Songwriter
57
2067
Popol Vuh In den Gärten Pharaos Ambient, Krautrock
58
2124
Miles Davis Live Evil Jazz Fusion
59
2148
Traffic The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys Progressive Rock
60
2161
Comus First Utterance Freak Folk, Progressive Folk
61
2251
Herbie Hancock Mwandishi Jazz Fusion
62
2367
B.B. King Live in Cook County Jail Electric Blues
63
2424
The Last Poets This Is Madness Poetry
64
2465
Judee Sill Judee Sill Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
65
2510
Aretha Franklin Aretha Live at Fillmore West Deep Soul
66
2542
Elton John Madman Across the Water Piano Rock
67
2669
Al Green Al Green Gets Next to You Southern Soul
68
2696
Master Musicians of Jajouka Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Joujouka Arabic Folk Music
69
2727
Don McLean American Pie Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
70
2775
Laura Nyro and Labelle Gonna Take a Miracle Pop Soul, Rhythm & Blues
71
2785
Shirley Collins and The Albion Country Band No Roses British Folk Rock
72
2824
Santana Santana III Latin Rock
73
2837
Gal Costa Fa-Tal - Gal a Todo Vapor Blues Rock, Tropicália
74
2888
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Pictures at an Exhibition Symphonic Prog
75
2939
Colin Blunstone One Year Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter
76
2981
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
John McLaughlin My Goal's Beyond Jazz Fusion
Todd Rundgren Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren Power Pop
Crazy Horse Crazy Horse Roots Rock
Rory Gallagher Deuce Blues Rock
James Brown Revolution of the Mind (Live at the Apollo, Vol. 3) Funk, Soul
Ann Peebles Straight from the Heart Southern Soul
John Fahey America American Primitivism
The Chi-Lites (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People Chicago Soul, Smooth Soul
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
John Coltrane Sun Ship Avant-Garde Jazz
Osibisa Woyaya Highlife, Jazz-Rock
The Move Message from the Country Psychedelic Rock
The Stylistics The Stylistics Philly Soul, Smooth Soul
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