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 released instant-classic albums; and Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, and Bill Withers all issued debut albums. Yeah, 1971 was a pretty good year for music — and even 50 years later, it's gone but not forgotten. Taylor Swift recently broke Don McLean's record for longest song to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, sending the iconic singer flowers and a note telling him how important his music has been to her. Here are 50 of the best albums of 1971, according to critics, fans, and sales charts.
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