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.

10 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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