SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 1971

SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 1971

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50.

Janis Joplin - Pearl
January 11, 1971
Critic Score
93
2 reviews

49.

Comus - First Utterance
January 1, 1971
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

48.

Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
March 24, 1971
Critic Score
96
5 reviews

47.

Carly Simon - Anticipation
November 0, 1971
Critic Score
70
1 review

45.

Bonnie Raitt - Bonnie Raitt
November 1, 1971
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

44.

War - All Day Music
November 23, 1971
Critic Score
90
1 review

43.

Booker T. & The M.G.'s - Melting Pot
April 24, 1971
Critic Score
90
1 review

42.

Fleetwood Mac - Future Games
September 3, 1971
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

41.

Focus - Focus II
October 0, 1971

40.

The Stylistics - The Stylistics
November 6, 1971
Critic Score
90
1 review

39.

Van der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts
October 0, 1971
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

38.

Elton John - Madman Across the Water
November 5, 1971
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

37.

Curtis Mayfield - Roots
October 1, 1971
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

36.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
June 14, 1971
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

35.

Gong - Camembert Électrique
October 1, 1971
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

34.

Santana - Santana III
September 1, 1971
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

33.

Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson
November 1, 1971
Critic Score
89
4 reviews

32.

Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda
February 0, 1971
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

31.

The Beach Boys - Surf's Up
August 30, 1971
Critic Score
71
5 reviews

30.

Al Green - Gets Next to You
August 14, 1971
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

29.

Flower Travellin' Band - Satori
April 25, 1971
Critic Score
93
2 reviews

28.

Cat Stevens - Teaser and the Firecat
October 1, 1971
Critic Score
100
1 review

27.

Gentle Giant - Acquiring the Taste
July 16, 1971
Critic Score
90
1 review

26.

Stevie Wonder - Where I'm Coming From
April 12, 1971
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

25.

T. Rex - Electric Warrior
September 24, 1971
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

24.

Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink
April 8, 1971
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

23.

The Doors - L.A. Woman
April 19, 1971
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

22.

Traffic - The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
November 10, 1971
Critic Score
90
1 review

21.

Pink Floyd - Meddle
November 5, 1971
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

20.

Bill Withers - Just As I Am
May 1, 1971
Critic Score
97
3 reviews

19.

Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame
August 14, 1971
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

18.

John Lennon - Imagine
September 9, 1971
Critic Score
95
4 reviews

17.

Can - Tago Mago
August 0, 1971
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

16.

Genesis - Nursery Cryme
November 12, 1971
Critic Score
55
2 reviews

15.

Yes - The Yes Album
February 19, 1971
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

14.

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
July 1, 1971
Critic Score
94
5 reviews

13.

Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney - Ram
May 17, 1971
Critic Score
97
3 reviews

12.

Jethro Tull - Aqualung
March 19, 1971
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

11.

The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
April 23, 1971
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

10.

Sly & The Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On
November 1, 1971
Critic Score
90
6 reviews

9.

Carole King - Tapestry
February 10, 1971
Critic Score
98
5 reviews

8.

Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
July 21, 1971
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

7.

Yes - Fragile
November 26, 1971
Critic Score
94
2 reviews

6.

David Bowie - Hunky Dory
December 17, 1971
Critic Score
100
4 reviews
Glam is born: pissy rockers ("Queen Bitch"), letters to American Idols ("Andy Warhol"), and an ode to his peeps ("Oh! You Pretty Things").

5.

The Who - Who's Next
August 14, 1971
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

4.

Joni Mitchell - Blue
June 22, 1971
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

3.

The Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East
July 1, 1971
Critic Score
97
3 reviews

2.

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
May 21, 1971
Critic Score
97
6 reviews

1.

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
November 8, 1971
Critic Score
100
4 reviews
Original Source: https://www.spin.com/2021/01/50-best-albums-of-1971/
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