1971 in Music

Disney World opened, Apollo 14 mission to the moon was launched and the war in Vietnam raged on. The year in music followed the same path. Some songs were lighthearted, some were adventurous, while others were statements of opposition. Here are the top twenty songs of the year.

1 “Joy to the World” Three Dog Night
2 “Maggie May”/”Reason to Believe” Rod Stewart
3 “It’s Too Late”/”I Feel the Earth Move” Carole King
4 “One Bad Apple” The Osmonds
5 “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” Bee Gees
6 “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” Paul Revere & the Raiders
7 “Go Away Little Girl” Donny Osmond
8 “Take Me Home, Country Roads” John Denver
9 “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” The Temptations
10 “Knock Three Times” Tony Orlando and Dawn
11 “Me and Bobby McGee” Janis Joplin
12 “Tired of Being Alone” Al Green
13 “Want Ads” Honey Cone
14 “Smiling Faces Sometimes” The Undisputed Truth
15 “Treat Her Like a Lady” Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
16 “You’ve Got a Friend” James Taylor
17 “Mr. Big Stuff” Jean Knight
18 “Brown Sugar” The Rolling Stones
19 “Do You Know What I Mean” Lee Michaels
20 “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” Joan Baez

2 Comments on “1971 in Music

  1. I feel SO fortunate to have grown up to such GREAT music!

    • Nia Markos

      Agree!! It’s hard to find in today’s music world

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