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The Best Songs of 1971

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In 1971, Jim Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment by his girlfriend Pamela Courson. Although the official cause of death was heart failure, it is widely believed that he overdosed on a large amount of heroin that he snorted because he thought it was cocaine. He was just 27 years old. 

The world also lost the great Louis Armstrong just 3 days later. 

Two weeks after we lost Satchmo, the World Trade Center in New York City was completed. 

In other 1971 news, Walt Disney World opened in Florida, Led Zeppelin released one of the best selling albums of all time, Led Zeppelin IV (not in this list as it is not available in YMU), Intel released the world's first microprocessor, Ray Tomlinson sent the first e-mail, the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution lowered the voting age to 18, and Johnny Cash wrote "The Man In Black."

As these events took place, the music in this playlist was pouring over the airwaves of America. The list includes almost 5 hours of the very best songs that were released in 1971 and are available for streaming in Yahoo Music Jukebox.

From the classic soul of Marvin Gaye to the blues of B.B. King, to the classic rock of The Rolling Stones and David Bowie, to the soft rock styling of Bread and Chicago, to the old-school country of Charlie Pride to the funk of Sly & The Family Stone.

1971 is here, experience it all over again.


The Best of 1971:

1. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

2. Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones

3. L.A. Woman - The Doors

4. Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers Band

5. Stay With Me - The Faces

6. The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King

7. Tiny Dancer - Elton John

8. Me And Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin

9. Jump Into The Fire - Harry Nilsson

10. I Just Want To Celebrate - Rare Earth

11. Angel From Montgomery - John Prine

12. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - The Temptations

13. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

14. Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone

15. American Pie - Don McLean

16. Superstar - The Carpenters

17. The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie

18. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Santana

19. I've Seen All Good People: Your Move / All Good People - Yes

20. Every Picture Tells A Story - Rod Stewart

21. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers

22. California - Joni Mitchell

23. Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby) - Aretha Franklin

24. Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

25. Natural Man - Lou Rawls

26. Old Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night

27. Grand Ennui - Michael Nesmith

28. Baby I'm-A Want You - Bread

29. Wild World - Cat Stevens

30. Sooner Or Later - The Grass Roots

31. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival

32. The Musical Box - Genesis

33. Right Off - Miles Davis

34. Bang A Gong (Get It On) - T. Rex

35. Colour My World - Chicago

36. I Don't Blame You At All - Smokey Robinson


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