1971 in music

Specific locations

Specific genres


Bands formed

  • See Musical groups established in 1971

Bands reformed

Bands disbanded

Albums released


Day Album Artist Notes
2 Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)Elvis Presley-
3 McDonald and GilesIan McDonald and Michael Giles-
11 Chicago IIIChicago-
PearlJanis Joplin-
13 Deliverin'PocoLive
15 Hooker 'n HeatJohn Lee Hooker and Canned Heat-
16 ZZ Top's First AlbumZZ Top-
- ExtractionGary Wright-
Greatest HitsKenny Rogers and The First EditionCompilation
If You Saw Thro' My EyesIan Matthews-
Jerry Butler Sings Assorted SoundsJerry Butler-
Little FeatLittle Feat-
Melting PotBooker T & the MG's-
Nantucket SleighrideMountain-
The Point!Harry Nilsson-
SalisburyUriah HeepUS
Sister KateKate Taylor-
Straight LifeFreddie Hubbard-
There Must Be More to Love Than ThisJerry Lee Lewis-
You're Not AloneDion-


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Love's Lines, Angles and RhymesThe 5th Dimension-
3 Love StoryAndy Williams-
5 Once AgainBarclay James Harvest-
6 Little Fauss and Big HalsyJohnny CashSoundtrack
9 Carly SimonCarly Simon-
10 Church of AnthraxJohn Cale and Terry Riley-
TapestryCarole King-
15 Bridge Over Troubled WaterBuck Owens-
19 The Yes AlbumYes-
22 If I Could Only Remember My NameDavid Crosby-
24 One Way... or AnotherCactus-
26 Straight, Clean and SimpleAnne Murray-
28 FourthSoft Machine-
- Crazy HorseCrazy Horse-
Earth, Wind & FireEarth, Wind & Fire-
The HawkRonnie Hawkins-
Jack JohnsonMiles Davis-
Jack-Knife GypsyPaul Siebel-
James Taylor and the Original Flying MachineJames Taylor-
Live at the Sex MachineKool & the GangLive
Long PlayerFaces-
Love StoryJohnny Mathis-
MaryMary Travers-
The Polite ForceEgg-
Ring of HandsArgent-
Rita CoolidgeRita Coolidge-
Stoney EndBarbra Streisand-
Tago MagoCan-
The Taker/TulsaWaylon Jennings-


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Search and NearnessThe Rascals-
5 The Cry of LoveJimi HendrixCompilation
FriendsElton JohnSoundtrack
6 Stone AgeThe Rolling StonesCompilation
8 Love It to DeathAlice CooperStraight Records; re-issued on Warner Bros. Feb. '71
16 Mud Slide Slim and the Blue HorizonJames Taylor-
19 AqualungJethro Tull-
Songs of Love and HateLeonard Cohen-
22 You'll Never Walk AloneElvis PresleyCompilation
24 Histoire de Melody NelsonSerge Gainsbourg-
26 PercyThe KinksSoundtrack
- Back to the RootsJohn Mayall-
La BibliaVox Dei-
Black Oak ArkansasBlack Oak Arkansas-
Dave Mason & Cass ElliotDave Mason & Cass Elliot-
Electronically TestedMungo Jerry-
A Message to the PeopleBuddy Miles-
MomentsBoz Scaggs-
Motel ShotDelaney & Bonnie-
Please to See the KingSteeleye Span-
Present CompanyJanis Ian-
Rat On!Swamp Dogg-
Rock OnHumble Pie-
She Used to Wanna Be a BallerinaBuffy St. Marie-
Tanz der LemmingeAmon Düül II-
WildlifeMott the Hoople-
With Friends and NeighborsAlex Taylor-


Day Album Artist Notes
2 Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway-
6 Poems, Prayers & PromisesJohn Denver-
7 4 Way StreetCrosby, Stills, Nash & YoungLive
8 Givin' It BackThe Isley Brothers-
In the Land of Grey and PinkCaravan-
OverdogKeef Hartley-
9 17-11-70Elton JohnLive
12 Maybe TomorrowThe Jackson 5-
Where I'm Coming FromStevie Wonder-
19 L.A. WomanThe Doors-
22 HagMerle Haggard-
Sky's the LimitThe Temptations-
23 Sticky FingersThe Rolling Stones-
30 Smiling Men with Bad ReputationsMike Heron-
Thin LizzyThin Lizzy-
- Bloodrock 3Bloodrock-
Bring Me HomeMother Earth-
Broken BarricadesProcol Harum-
Cheapo Cheapo Productions Presents Real Live John SebastianJohn SebastianLive
City of GoldPearls Before Swine-
The Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers-
ElegyThe NiceLive
Good Taste Is TimelessThe Holy Modal Rounders-
How Much More Can She StandConway Twitty-
Mirror ManCaptain Beefheart & his Magic BandRecorded 1967
Oh! Pleasant HopeBlue Cheer-
SurvivalGrand Funk Railroad-
Survival of the Fittest LiveAmboy DukesLive
Teenage HeadFlamin' Groovies-
ThirdsJames Gang-
When You're Hot, You're HotJerry Reed-


Day Album Artist Notes
3 Leon Russell and the Shelter PeopleLeon Russell-
5 Peaceful WorldThe Rascals-
12 Weather ReportWeather Report-
14 CarpentersCarpenters-
RelicsPink FloydCompilation
17 RamPaul McCartney and Linda McCartneyUS; released in UK May 28
19 Aretha Live at Fillmore WestAretha FranklinLive
21 What's Going OnMarvin Gaye-
23 Rory GallagherRory Gallagher-
28 Songs for BeginnersGraham Nash-
Every Picture Tells a StoryRod Stewart-
- And So: OnJimmy Webb-
Another DimensionBo Diddley-
ContactFreda Payne-
Curtis/Live!Curtis MayfieldLive
Edgar Broughton BandEdgar Broughton Band-
5thLee Michaels-
Hamilton, Joe Frank & ReynoldsHamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds-
Joy to the WorldHoyt Axton-
Just as I AmBill Withers-
Live Johnny Winter AndJohnny WinterLive
Man in BlackJohnny Cash-
Smash Your Head Against the WallJohn Entwistle-
Something ElseShirley Bassey-
Summer Side of LifeGordon Lightfoot-
We Sure Can Love Each OtherTammy Wynette-
WinwoodSteve WinwoodCompilation


Day Album Artist Notes
14 TarkusEmerson, Lake & Palmer-
16 Golden BisquitsThree Dog NightCompilation
Love Letters from ElvisElvis Presley-
19 HomemadeThe Osmonds-
21 RubyBuck Owens-
22 BlueJoni Mitchell-
23 ByrdmaniaxThe Byrds-
24 Runt. The Ballad of Todd RundgrenTodd Rundgren-
25 Indelibly StampedSupertramp-
30 Stephen Stills 2Stephen Stills-
- Aerial Pandemonium BalletHarry Nilsson-
Angel DelightFairport Convention-
Blood, Sweat & Tears 4Blood, Sweat & Tears-
First Pull Up, Then Pull DownHot Tuna-
The Flying Burrito BrothersThe Flying Burrito Brothers-
Historic DeadGrateful DeadLive 1966
It Ain't EasyLong John Baldry-
Link WrayLink Wray-
Live at Carnegie Hall/What You Hear is What You GetIke & Tina TurnerLive
Mick AbrahamsMick Abrahams-
New York City (You're a Woman)Al Kooper-
One WorldRare Earth-
Randy Newman LiveRandy NewmanLive
San Francisco DuesChuck Berry-
Sing Children SingLesley Duncan-
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss SongMelvin Van PeeblesSoundtrack
TouchThe Supremes-
Touching HomeJerry Lee Lewis-


Day Album Artist Notes
1 C'mon EverybodyElvis PresleyCompilation
Push PushHerbie Mann-
6 At Fillmore EastThe Allman Brothers BandLive
High TimeMC5-
SurrenderDiana Ross-
7 Loose CapacitorPtolomy Pscycon-
12 Maggot BrainFunkadelic-
16 Acquiring the TasteGentle Giant-
21 Master of RealityBlack Sabbath-
23 Every Good Boy Deserves FavourThe Moody Blues-
- Armchair BoogieMichael Hurley & Pals-
Blessed Are...Joan Baez-
Booker T. & PriscillaBooker T & Priscilla Coolidge-
Charity BallFanny-
FireballDeep Purple-
Fool's MatePeter Hammill-
(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the PeopleThe Chi-Lites-
Happy Birthday, Ruthy BabyMcGuinness Flint-
Harmony RowJack Bruce-
How Come the SunTom Paxton-
I Don't Know How to Love HimHelen Reddy-
In the GardenGypsy-
The Last Time I Saw HerGlen Campbell-
LovejoyAlbert King-
Ride the WindThe Youngbloods-
ShaftIsaac HayesSoundtrack
So Long, BannatyneThe Guess Who-
Sha Na NaSha Na Na-


Day Album Artist Notes
2 Fillmore East – June 1971The Mothers of InventionLive
14 Al Green Gets Next to YouAl Green-
The Inner Mounting FlameMahavishnu Orchestra-
Who's NextThe Who-
27 One Dozen RosesSmokey Robinson & The Miracles-
30 Surf's UpThe Beach Boys-
31 The Sun, Moon & HerbsDr. John-
- Barbra Joan StreisandBarbra Streisand-
Freedom FlightShuggie Otis-
HimselfGilbert O'Sullivan-
I Wonder What She'll Think About Me LeavingConway Twitty-
If 3If-
In Hearing of Atomic RoosterAtomic Rooster-
The London Howlin' Wolf SessionsHowlin' Wolf-
My Baby Packed Up My Mind and Left MeDallas Frazier-
New Riders of the Purple SageNew Riders of the Purple Sage-
Nigel Olsson's Drum Orchestra and ChorusNigel Olsson-
Ronnie MilsapRonnie Milsap-
A Space in TimeTen Years After-
Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin'Butterfield Blues Band-
Van RonkDave Van Ronk-
White LightGene Clarkaka Gene Clark
You've Got a FriendJohnny Mathis-


Day Album Artist Notes
3 Future GamesFleetwood Mac-
5 From the InsidePoco-
8 LabelleLabelle-
9 Aretha's Greatest HitsAretha FranklinCompilation
ImagineJohn LennonUS; released in UK Oct 8
Second AlbumCurved Air-
15 CahootsThe Band-
Judee SillJudee Sill-
17 Colosseum LiveColosseumLive
20 FlyYoko Ono-
24 Electric WarriorT.Rex-
29 Goin' Back to IndianaThe Jackson 5-
30 HarmonyThree Dog Night-
- 20 Granite CreekMoby Grape-
Aereo-PlainJohn Hartford-
April WineApril Wine-
BarkJefferson Airplane-
Buddy Miles LiveBuddy MilesLive
Charlie DanielsCharlie Daniels-
Closer to the GroundJoy of Cooking-
The Four of UsJohn Sebastian-
Free Live!FreeLive
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2Johnny CashCompilation
Gypsys, Tramps & ThievesCher-
James Gang Live in ConcertJames GangLive
Ko-ko JoeJerry Reed-
Look at YourselfUriah HeepUS; released Oct. '71 in UK
The North Star Grassman and the RavensSandy Denny-
PilgrimageWishbone Ash-
Rock LoveSteve Miller Band-
SantanaSantanaaka Santana III
Seven TearsGolden Earring-
Street Corner TalkingSavoy Brown-
Talk It Over in the MorningAnne Murray-
The Time to Live is NowBuzzy Linhart-
TrafalgarBee Gees-
TransitionKenny Rogers and The First Edition-
Welcome to the CanteenTrafficLive


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Teaser and the FirecatCat Stevens-
Would You Take Another Chance On Me?Jerry Lee Lewis-
2 Coat of Many ColorsDolly Parton-
The Morning AfterThe J. Geils Band-
4 200 MotelsFrank ZappaSoundtrack
TwinsOrnette Coleman-
8 Distant LightThe HolliesUK
In Search of SpaceHawkwind-
Message from the CountryThe Move-
18 Other VoicesThe Doors-
20 Elvis sings The Wonderful World of ChristmasElvis PresleyChristmas
24 American PieDon McLean-
Grateful DeadGrateful DeadLive
25 Chicago at Carnegie HallChicagoLive
Rough and ReadyThe Jeff Beck Group-
29 FearlessFamily-
30 Meaty Beaty Big and BouncyThe WhoCompilation
31 MeddlePink Floyd-
- Bloodrock U.S.A.Bloodrock-
Country AnthemHoyt Axton-
Fog on the TyneLindisfarne-
Frisco Mabel JoyMickey Newbury-
Gather MeMelanie-
Greatest Hits, Volume TwoB.J. ThomasCompilation
Focus II (Moving Waves)Focus-
Jesse FrederickJesse Frederick-
The King of Rock and RollLittle Richard-
Liquid Acrobat as Regards the AirIncredible String Band-
Live at PJ'sKool & the Gang-
The Marblehead MessengerSeatrain-
MemoriesJohn Mayall-
No RosesShirley Collins and the Albion Country Band-
Pawn HeartsVan der Graaf Generator-
Rainbow BridgeJimi HendrixSoundtrack
R.E.O. SpeedwagonREO Speedwagon-
RootsCurtis Mayfield-
Rotten to the CoreCrabby Appleton-
Stoney & MeatloafStoney & Meat Loaf-
To You, With LoveDonny Osmond-
Tupelo HoneyVan Morrison-
UFO 2: FlyingUFO-
War War WarCountry Joe McDonald-


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Cold Spring HarborBilly Joel-
Hooteroll?Howard Wales and Jerry Garcia-
Rock MessiahDavid Axelrod-
5 Barclay James Harvest and Other Short StoriesBarclay James Harvest-
Madman Across the WaterElton John-
6 The StylisticsThe Stylistics-
8 I Wrote a Simple SongBilly Preston-
Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelinaka Led Zeppelin IV
12 Nursery CrymeGenesis-
15 Asylum Choir IILeon Russell and Marc Benno-
17 Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. IIBob DylanCompilation + new and unreleased material
Farther AlongThe Byrds-
Gonna Take a MiracleLaura Nyro-
Live-EvilMiles Davis-
A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind HorseFaces-
20 Kazemachi RomanHappy End-
There's a Riot Goin' OnSly & the Family Stone-
24 Muswell HillbilliesThe Kinks-
26 FragileYes-
27 Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can BeSweet-
KillerAlice Cooper-
28 DeuceRory Gallagher-
AerieJohn Denver-
All Day MusicWar-
Anne Murray / Glen CampbellAnne Murray and Glen Campbell-
AnticipationCarly Simon-
"Babbacombe" LeeFairport Convention-
Beautiful Lies You Could Live InPearls Before Swine-
Black MosesIsaac Hayes-
Bless the WeatherJohn Martyn-
Bonnie RaittBonnie Raitt-
Brain CapersMott the Hoople-
Choice Quality Stuff/AnytimeIt's a Beautiful Day-
Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In?Man-
Dog of Two HeadStatus Quo-
E Pluribus FunkGrand Funk Railroad-
Flowers of EvilMountain-
For Ladies OnlySteppenwolf-
Good and DustyThe Youngbloods-
If Not for YouOlivia Newton-John-
Jonathan EdwardsJonathan Edwards-
Lay it All OutBarry Mann-
LivLivingston Taylor-
LivingJudy Collins-
The Lonesome Picker Rides AgainJohn Stewart-
Lost in the OzoneCommander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen-
The Low Spark of High Heeled BoysTraffic-
The Need of LoveEarth, Wind & Fire-
Nice Feelin'Rita Coolidge-
Nilsson SchmilssonHarry Nilsson-
'Nuff SaidIke & Tina Turner-
People Like UsThe Mamas & the Papas-
Performance Rockin' the FillmoreHumble PieLive
Pictures at an ExhibitionEmerson, Lake & Palmer-
QuicksilverQuicksilver Messenger Service-
Quiet FireRoberta Flack-
Rudy the FifthRicky Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band-
Shake Off the DemonBrewer & Shipley-
SunfighterPaul Kantner and Grace Slick-
There's Gotta Be a ChangeAlbert Collins-
WhatevershebringswesingKevin Ayers-
Year of SundaySeals and Crofts-


Day Album Artist Notes
3 IslandsKing Crimson-
7 Wild LifeWings-
13 Straight UpBadfinger-
17 Hunky DoryDavid Bowie-
20 The Concert for BangladeshGeorge Harrison and FriendsLive
Hot Rocks 1964–1971The Rolling StonesCompilation
27 Greatest HitsThe Jackson 5Compilation
29 AmericaAmerica-
- The Best of Top of the Pops '71Top of the PoppersCompilation
Boz Scaggs & BandBoz Scaggs-
Don't Knock My LoveWilson Pickett-
Dynamite!The Supremes and The Four Tops-
The Electric Light OrchestraElectric Light Orchestra-
Guilty!Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon-
Message from a DrumRedbone-
MusicCarole King-
Papa John CreachPapa John Creach-
Ten Man Mop, or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides AgainSteeleye Span-

Release date unknown

Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1971.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1George HarrisonMy Sweet Lord1971UK 1 – Jan 1971, US BB 1 – Dec 1970, Canada 1 – Nov 1970, Netherlands 1 – Dec 1970, France 1 – Mar 1971, Switzerland 1 – Jan 1971, Norway 1 – Feb 1971, Germany 1 – Jan 1971, Éire 1 – Jan 1971, Australia 1 for 8 weeks Jul 1971, Australia Goset 1 – Jan 1971, Australia 2 of 1971, RYM 3 of 1970, Italy 4 of 1971, Virgin 5, Poland 7 – Feb 2002, DDD 11 of 1970, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1970, Germany 40 of the 1970s, US CashBox 70 of 1971, Europe 93 of the 1970s, OzNet 170, WXPN 339, Rolling Stone 454, TheQ 484, Acclaimed 604
2John LennonImagine1971UK 1 – Dec 1980, Éire 1 – Dec 1975, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Jul 1972, Australia Goset 1 – Dec 1971, Virgin 1, OzNet 1, Switzerland 2 – Nov 1971, DDD 2 of 1971, WXPN 2, US BB 3 – Oct 1971, Canada 3 – Sep 1971, Norway 3 – Feb 1972, Italy 3 of 1972, Rolling Stone 3, RYM 4 of 1971, Netherlands 5 – Nov 1971, France 5 – Nov 1971, South Africa 5 of 1972, POP 5 of 1971, Austria 6 – Mar 1981, Europe 8 of the 1970s, TheQ 9, US BB 10 of 1971, Belgium 11 of all time, Germany 12 – Jan 1981, TOTP 16, Poland 17 of all time, Sweden (alt) 19 – Dec 1975, Australia 19 of 1972, Acclaimed 21, RIAA 30, Scrobulate 33 of classic rock, 86 in 2FM list
3Rod StewartMaggie May1971UK 1 – Sep 1971, US BB 1 – Aug 1971, Canada 1 – Aug 1971, Australia 1 for 4 weeks May 1972, Australia Goset 1 – Oct 1971, Peel list 1 of 1970, Netherlands 3 – Oct 1971, RYM 3 of 1971, Switzerland 5 – Dec 1971, DDD 5 of 1971, US BB 6 of 1971, France 10 – Nov 1971, POP 10 of 1971, Australia 13 of 1971, Germany 17 – Jan 1972, US CashBox 23 of 1971, TheQ 37, Virgin 53, Acclaimed 80, Rolling Stone 130, OzNet 149, RIAA 194, WXPN 218
4Lynn AndersonRose Garden1971Canada 1 – Dec 1970, Switzerland 1 – Mar 1971, Norway 1 – Mar 1971, Germany 1 – Mar 1971, Éire 1 – Mar 1971, Australia 1 for 4 weeks Oct 1971, Netherlands 2 – Jan 1971, France 2 – Apr 1971, Australia Goset 2 – Feb 1971, UK 3 – Feb 1971, US BB 3 – Dec 1970, US CashBox 6 of 1971, Germany 50 of the 1970s, DDD 57 of 1970, RYM 75 of 1970, Acclaimed 1217
5The Rolling StonesBrown Sugar1971US BB 1 – May 1971, Canada 1 – May 1971, Netherlands 1 – May 1971, Switzerland 1 – May 1971, UK 2 – Apr 1971, US BB 3 of 1971, POP 3 of 1971, Norway 4 – May 1971, Germany 5 – May 1971, Australia Goset 5 – Jun 1971, DDD 8 of 1971, France 9 – Apr 1971, RYM 11 of 1971, Virgin 21, US CashBox 38 of 1971, TheQ 82, Scrobulate 89 of classic rock, Acclaimed 137, Germany 249 of the 1970s, WXPN 274, OzNet 412, Rolling Stone 490

Other hit singles

Classical music


Sortable table
Ligeti, GyörgyConcert românescAugust 21, 1971 Fish CreekPeninsula Music Festival OrchestraJohnson[2]
Stockhausen, KarlheinzSternklangJune 5, 1971 Tiergarten, BerlinCollegium Vocale Köln, Gentle Fire, Smalley, Souster, VetterStockhausen[3]
Stockhausen, KarlheinzTransOctober 16, 1971 DonaueschingenSWF Sinfonie-OrchesterBour[4]




Musical theater

Musical films




Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest


  1. "Music Man for the Met". Time. June 21, 1971.
  2. "Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 15, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  3. Michael Kurtz, Stockhausen: A Biography, translated by Richard Toop (London and Boston: Faber and Faber, 1992): 185. ISBN 0-571-14323-7 (cloth) ISBN 0-571-17146-X (pbk).
  4. Karlheinz Stockhausen, "Trans für Orchester (1971)", in his Texte zur Musik 4, edited by Christoph von Blumröder (Cologne: DuMont Buchverlag, 1978): 181. ISBN 3-7701-1078-1.
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