Billboard #1 Albums Of 1971

Billboard #1 Albums Of 1971
Authored By John Nicholson

January 2 All Things Must Pass - George Harrison

February 20 Jesus Christ Superstar - Various Artists

February 27 Pearl - Janis Joplin

May 1  Jesus Christ Superstar -  Various Artists

May 15  4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

May 22  Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones

June 19 Tapestry - Carole King

October 2 Every Picture Tells a Story - Rod Stewart

October 30 Imagine - John Lennon

November 6 Shaft - Isaac Hayes / Soundtrack

November 13 Santana III - Santana

December 18 There's a Riot Goin' On - Sly & the Family Stone

All classic albums and all an important part of rock history. A few things are especially notable. All Things Must Pass being at the top for 7 weeks was unheard of for a triple box set. 

JCS being top twice for a total of 3 weeks reflects just how important that production was, being a place where popular culture and counterculture could meet and get on well with each other.

Santana being top for 5 weeks with the epic and now fusion-tinged III was a sign of the increasing diversity to record sales. 

But it is Carole King’s seminal, epoch-defining album Tapestry that is the standout. While Lennon and the Stones could muster 6 weeks at the top between them, Caroloe (and let’s not forget Telemachus, the cat) rode the top of the charts for 15 long weeks, all through the summer and into the early fall. If you were growing up that summer, it must’ve been a defining record and heard absolutely everywhere. It must still evoke those days very powerfully because it is a very moving record. The sort that can shape a young person’s outlook, I think.

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