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Best Albums of 1971

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1971 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 22,000 greatest album charts.

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1971 year summaryThe best artists of 1971 were Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Can and Yes.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,862 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:84,850
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,299 votes)
Comments: 178 comments
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2.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,309 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:49,111
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,507 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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3.

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1971Appears in:925 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:29,290
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:53
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,185 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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4.

What's Going OnUnited States Marvin Gaye
Year of Release:1971Appears in:844 charts
Rank in 1971:4Rank Score:28,821
Rank in 1970s16Overall Rank:57
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,027 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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5.

Sticky FingersUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1971Appears in:821 charts
Rank in 1971:5Rank Score:25,159
Rank in 1970s19Overall Rank:70
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (997 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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6.

BlueCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1971Appears in:644 charts
Rank in 1971:6Rank Score:18,842
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:98
Average Rating:  84/100 (743 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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7.

L.A. WomanUnited States The Doors
Year of Release:1971Appears in:511 charts
Rank in 1971:7Rank Score:11,997
Rank in 1970s41Overall Rank:165
Average Rating:  83/100 (730 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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8.

MeddleUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1971Appears in:517 charts
Rank in 1971:8Rank Score:11,631
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:171
Average Rating:  84/100 (935 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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9.

Tago MagoGermany Can
Year of Release:1971Appears in:433 charts
Rank in 1971:9Rank Score:11,425
Rank in 1970s44Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  83/100 (502 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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10.

ImagineUnited Kingdom John Lennon
Year of Release:1971Appears in:454 charts
Rank in 1971:10Rank Score:8,866
Rank in 1970s59Overall Rank:234
Average Rating:  81/100 (651 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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Best Albums of 1971 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
Elvis Presley 4 1%
Melanie 4 1%
The Kinks 3 0%
Fleetwood Mac 3 0%
The Rolling Stones 3 0%
Elton John 3 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 287 40%
United Kingdom 208 29%
Germany 39 6%
Brazil 19 3%
Italy 16 2%
France 15 2%
Mixed Nationality 15 2%
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