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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 30,000 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, Pink Floyd, Yes, Can and The Doors.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,219 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:97,151
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,849 votes)
Comments: 216 comments
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2.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,562 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:54,639
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,851 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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3.

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,203 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:37,055
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,603 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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4.

What's Going OnUnited States Marvin Gaye
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,041 charts
Rank in 1971:4Rank Score:33,065
Rank in 1970s16Overall Rank:59
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,293 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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5.

Sticky FingersUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,033 charts
Rank in 1971:5Rank Score:30,170
Rank in 1970s19Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,282 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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6.

BlueCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1971Appears in:841 charts
Rank in 1971:6Rank Score:22,715
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:101
Average Rating:  84/100 (945 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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7.

MeddleUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1971Appears in:693 charts
Rank in 1971:7Rank Score:14,693
Rank in 1970s40Overall Rank:163
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,251 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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8.

Tago MagoGermany Can
Year of Release:1971Appears in:579 charts
Rank in 1971:8Rank Score:14,376
Rank in 1970s41Overall Rank:170
Average Rating:  84/100 (674 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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9.

L.A. WomanUnited States The Doors
Year of Release:1971Appears in:647 charts
Rank in 1971:9Rank Score:13,128
Rank in 1970s47Overall Rank:189
Average Rating:  83/100 (937 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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10.

FragileUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:487 charts
Rank in 1971:10Rank Score:9,880
Rank in 1970s64Overall Rank:253
Average Rating:  83/100 (660 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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Best Albums of 1971 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
Melanie 4 0%
Elvis Presley 4 0%
The Kinks 3 0%
Harry Nilsson 3 0%
Isaac Hayes 3 0%
Ennio Morricone 3 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 337 41%
United Kingdom 222 27%
Germany 46 6%
Brazil 23 3%
Italy 21 3%
France 20 2%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
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