Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Albums Released in 1971

The Top Ten

1 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin

Hands down no contest. This indestructible album called Led Zeppelin IV, ZOSO, The Runes Album, The Four Symbols Album and The No Name Album... Is arguably the greatest Rock Album Ever Recorded. Power of Zeppelin? It sold 23 million copies in the States alone with absolutely no print on the cover jacket. None.

The one truly fantastic Led Zeppelin album in my opinion. - Metarock

Best album of the decade - not just 1971!

Best album of all time.

2 Master of Reality - Black Sabbath

I'm pretty sure "Children of the Grave" is the first Metallica song. And it wasn't even by Metallica, it was by the greatest metal band to grace the earth Black Sabbath!

Children of The Grave

The most influential metal album in history.

Hard rock at it's best

3 Fireball - Deep Purple

The Mule has one of the most complex and unique drum beats of the 70s. - Metal_Treasure

Fireball 10/5
No no no 5/5
Strange kind of women 10/5
Demons eye 5/5
Anyone's daughter 5/5
The mule 4.5/5
Fools 100/5
No one came 3.5/5
Best album of 71 along with zeppelin 4 master of reality love it to death and killer

4 Salisbury - Uriah Heep
5 Thin Lizzy - Thin Lizzy
6 Love It to Death - Alice Cooper

THIS HAS TO BE NUMBER...2 I'm ONLY 7 years old. and I have seen alice cooper in concert in the 10th row. and I have this album in my room! - sparkle

7 UFO 2: Flying - UFO

No Schenker. This album sucks.

Great space rock album

8 Look at Yourself - Uriah Heep
9 Killer - Alice Cooper
10 Nazareth - Nazareth

The Contenders

11 For Ladies Only - Steppenwolf
12 Who's Next - The Who

Should be #2 behind Zeppelin. Won’t Get Fooled Again, Baba O’Riley, Behind Blue Eyes, Bargain and Going Mobile. It’s like a Who’s greatest hits.

My top 5.
1. "Led Zeppelin IV" - Led Zeppelin
2. "Who's Next" - The Who
3. "Killer" - Alice Cooper
4. "L.A. Woman" - The Doors
5. "Master of Reality" - Black Sabbath

13 Budgie - Budgie

So underrated it's unbelievable, infact I only found these guys because they showed up in iron maiden trivia. But wow these guys are at the top of their era! - JbOeHrNo

14 L.A. Woman - The Doors
15 Aqualung - Jethro Tull

#4 behind Zeppelin, The Who and Black Sabbath. Yes, 1971 was a great year for rock.

16 Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones
17 Nursery Cryme - Genesis
18 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
19 Madman Across the Water - Elton John

The first truly great Elton John album. Levon, Tiny Dancer and Madman Across the Water. One of the best album sides in music.

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