It Was a Very Good Year
Was 1971 the best year for rock ’n’ roll ever? That’s what some critics and fans argue — and with good reason. Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and The Who were at their creative and commercial peaks; Joni Mitchell, Marvin Gaye, and Harry Nillsson all released instant-classic albums; Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, and Bill Withers all issued debut albums (though not all of them hit it big at first); and three of the four recently broken-up Beatles released records that year as well. Yeah, 1971 was a pretty good year for music. Here are 50 of the best albums of 1971, according to critics, fans, and sales charts.
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