My Favorite Songs of 1971

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In 1971 it was the year of Stairway. The year of Imagine. The year for American Pie. A lot of great classic rock songs came out (at the time, they were just called “rock” I’m sure).

Unlike most rankings, I won’t be simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment.

So I group them:
Awesome
Great
Solid
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

Here are the best of the best songs from that year, with the full chart of my likable songs at the end.

9 Great Songs from 1971

Reason To Believe – Rod Stewart

 

Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey – Paul McCartney

 

Hey Tonight – Creedence Clearwater Revival

 

Signs – Five Man Electrical Band

 

Behind Blue Eyes – The Who

 

Fast Train – April Wine

 

Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon

 

Misty Mountain Hop – Led Zeppelin

 

Peace Train – Cat Stevens

 

10 Awesome Songs from 1971

Black Dog – Led Zeppelin

 

Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

I like this live version here, to get a feel for rock life in the early 70s…

 

Baba O’Reilly – The Who

 

When the Levee Breaks – Led Zeppelin

 

Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

 

Me And Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

 

Imagine – John Lennon

 

Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones

 

American Pie – Don McLean

 

Layla – Derek and the Dominos

 

I created a playlist of these great songs on YouTube here.

 

Here is the full list…

Awesome – 1 Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin
Awesome – 1 Me And Bobby McGee Janis Joplin
Awesome – 1 Imagine John Lennon
Awesome – 1 Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones
Awesome – 1 American Pie Don McLean
Awesome – 1 Layla Derek and the Dominos
Awesome – 7 Black Dog Led Zeppelin
Awesome – 7 Won’t Get Fooled Again The Who
Awesome – 7 Baba O’Reilly The Who
Awesome – 7 When the Levee Breaks Led Zeppelin
Great – 11 Reason To Believe Rod Stewart
Great – 11 Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey Paul McCartney
Great – 11 Hey Tonight Creedence Clearwater Revival
Great – 11 Signs Five Man Electrical Band
Great – 11 Behind Blue Eyes The Who
Great – 11 Fast Train April Wine
Great – 11 Happy Xmas (War is Over) John Lennon
Great – 11 Misty Mountain Hop Led Zeppelin
Great – 11 Peace Train Cat Stevens
Solid – 20 It Don’t Come Easy Ringo Starr
Solid – 20 Hang On To Your Life The Guess Who
Solid – 20 Going to California Led Zeppelin
Solid – 20 Wild World Cat Stevens
Solid – 20 Have You Ever Seen the Rain? Creedence Clearwater Revival
Solid – 20 Sweet Hitch-Hiker Creedence Clearwater Revival
Solid – 20 Take Me Home Country Roads John Denver
Solid – 20 Rock and Roll Led Zeppelin
Solid – 20 Oye Como Va Santana
Solid – 20 L.A. Woman The Doors
Solid – 20 Love Her Madly The Doors
Solid – 20 Riders on the Storm The Doors
Solid – 20 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony) The New Seekers
Solid – 20 Wild Horses The Rolling Stones
Solid – 20 Sweet City Woman The Stampeders
Solid – 20 Joy to the World Three Dog Night
Solid – 20 Four Sticks Led Zeppelin
Not Bad – 37 Rain Dance The Guess Who
Not Bad – 37 Oh What a Feeling Crowbar
Not Bad – 37 Albert Flasher The Guess Who
Not Bad – 37 I’m Eighteen Alice Cooper
Not Bad – 37 Tiny Dancer Elton John
Not Bad – 37 Maggie May Rod Stewart
Not Bad – 37 Life is a Carnival The Band
Not Bad – 37 Bang A Gong (Get It On) T.Rex
Not Bad – 37 It’s Too Late Carole King
Not Bad – 37 I Feel the Earth Move Carole King

1970  1971  1972  1973  1974  1975  1976  1977  1978  1979

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s

 

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