Music 101: Albums Released in 1971

When it comes to album releases, 1971 was an extraordinary year for music. Not only did the Rolling Stones release Sticky Fingers, but other seminal releases came out that year including Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, and Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain.

Related: Funkadelic’s ‘Maggot Brain’ at 50 

It was also the year David Bowie released Hunky Dory and started crafting his rock personas in earnest. And John Prine and Bill Withers released their debut albums, too.


Margot celebrates the year 1971 in a brand-new episode of Music 101, featuring songs from some of these amazing albums. 

Music 101 Playlist: Albums Released in 1971

Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On”

Dolly Parton – “Coat Of Many Colors”

David Bowie – “Changes”

Alice Cooper – “I’m Eighteen”

Joni Mitchell – “A Case Of You”

John Prine – “Angel From Montgomery”

Bill Withers – “Ain’t No Sunshine”

ZZ Top – “(Somebody Else) Been Shaking Your Tree”

Funkadelic – “You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks”

Rolling Stones – “Wild Horses”

Isaac Hayes – “Theme From Shaft”


In each episode of Music 101, your host Margot highlights a different chapter in music history, bringing you songs you love and the stories behind them.

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