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Top 10 Tracks of 1971

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A number of these songs land very high on just about every all-time song list (and with good reason): “What’s Going On,” “Imagine” and “Stairway to Heaven.” I heard the live version of “Maggot Brain” on the One Nation Under a Groove EP before the original album cut, and in some ways, I’m more fond of the former. Still, I thought it was only fair to allow a song from the album proper to make the 1978 list. Picking a song off of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory is a bit difficult because I feel the songs all go together so well, and the individual track don’t stand out in quite the same way. Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” would have been a lock on this list a few years back, and in fact it was my all-time number one for a while. Maybe I listened to it too much?

10. Marvin Gaye- What’s Going On (Listen)

9. Al Green- Tired of Being Alone (Listen)

8. John Lennon- Imagine (Listen)

7. Funkadelic- Maggot Brain (Listen)

6. David Bowie- Quicksand (Listen)

5. Rod Stewart- Every Picture Tells a Story (Listen)

4. Led Zeppelin- Stairway to Heaven (Listen)

3. Joni Mitchell- River (Listen)

2. The Who- Baba O’Riley (Listen)

1. The Rolling Stones- Wild Horses (Listen)

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30. R.E.M.- At My Most Beautiful

29. Arcade Fire- Rebellion (Lies)

28. Led Zeppelin- Stairway to Heaven

27. The Hold Steady- Stay Positive

26. The Stooges- Search and Destroy

25. Portishead- Glory Box

24. Joni Mitchell- River

23. Jackson Browne- Late for the Sky

22. Wilco- A Shot in the Arm

21. The Who- Baba O’Riley

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See Also: My 100 Favorite Songs of All Time (2 years ago), My 100 Favorite Songs of the Decade (2 years ago), Top 10 Songs Of Each Hall of Fame Inductee Class: 1986-Present (2 years ago)