The launch of the brand new 71 plate has got us all nostalgic and it’s safe to say 1971 was a huge year for music around the world. It has been described as the year that rock music made its way to the forefront and a year of musical innovation. We look back at some of those classic songs that made a name for themselves in the year 1971.
Maggie May – Rod Stewart
This Rod Stewart classic spent five weeks in the UK Singles Chart. Originally released as a B side to the single ‘Reason to Believe’ but Maggie May was quickly picked up by radio stations and ultimately became the more popular choice.
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
Regularly listed as one of the greatest rock songs of all time, Stairway to Heaven has made its mark on the music industry. Despite its release being in 1971, it took until 1973 for the songs popularity to really take off.
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
Is this potentially the greatest road trip song of all time? John Denver’s love letter to the state of West Virginia has become a worldwide classic to those hitting the road home. The song has been covered many times including renditions by Olivia Newton-John, Lynn Anderson and Dutch pop group Hermes House Band who had great success with the song across Europe in 2001.
Baba O’Riley – The Who
Another 1971 song considered one of the greatest of all time, Pete Townshend originally wrote the song for a rock opera intended to follow up The Who’s 1969 opera Tommy. The song has been used in a number of films and television shows as well as being the theme song for popular series CSI: NY.
Proud Mary – Ike and Tina Turner
A single word ‘Rollin’ is all we need to say for you to know exactly which song is up next. Originally released in 1969 by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Proud Mary by Ike and Tina Turner is an anthemic rock n roll song that is sure to get everybody hitting the dancefloor. Ike and Tina’s rendition soon became a fan favourite and still continues to be an essential part of Tina’s performances.