Can you think of a better year for music than 1971?

I mean…look at all these absolute gems:

Blue - Joni Mitchell
Sly & the Family Stone - There’s a Riot Goin’ On
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Who’s Next - The Who
Marvin Gaye - What’s Goin’ On
Carole King - Tapestry
L.A Woman - The Doors
Pink Floyd - Meddle
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Paul McCartney - Ram
Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces of Man
Led Zep - IV

I could go on and on. so many seminal albums. what a time to be alive!

I’m not saying 1971 is the correct answer, btw - just chucking shit out there

There was an interesting article on the BBC the other day that posited the idea that 25 years ago was the best ever month for album releases. This was just about the time that I started to get into alternative music, and it certainly felt like a new favourite album was being released every couple of weeks…

yeah 1991

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nice article, but not sure BSSM and Stars can be considered in the mix with the incredibly innovative and groundbreaking albums from 1971. imho, obvs

Stay tuned to DiS…

You forgot Tago Mago, Electric Warrior and Imagine.

But yeah, first really good year in music in my book.

My favourite years are 1979 and 1980 for these reasons (ignoring some of the metal in there):

Former Smash Hits editor David Hepworth has recently written a book about music released in 1971.
Not read it myself, but it has had rave reviews -


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show yer workings, bozo

Jawbox – For Your Own Special Sweetheart
Soundgarden – Superunknown
Nas – Illmatic
Mobb Deep – The Infamous
Weezer – Blue album
Jawbreaker – 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
Prodigy – Jilted Generation
Biggie – Ready To Die
Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep
Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Helmet – Betty
Nine Inch Nails – Downward Spiral
Blur – Parklife
Gangstarr – Hard To Earn
Portishead – Dummy

it was a pretty big year for me, at least


actually, Mobb Deep was '95

fuck man. some real gems right there, for sure!

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yeah 1979

Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman
Global Communication - 76:14
Aphex Twin - SAW II
Suede - Dog Man Star
Autechre - Amber
Orbital - Snivilisation
Sharkboy - Matinee
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Let Love In

…to add to yours.


VU & Nico
The Doors s/t + Strange Days
Hendrix: Are You Experienced + Axis
Pink Floyd: Pipers
The Best of the Beatles
Captain Beefheart: Safe as Milk

Sex Pistols: Nevermind the Bollocks
Suicide s/t
Television: Marquee Moon
Eno: Before & After Science
Bowie: Low + Heroes
Wire: Pink Flag

Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation
MBV: Isn’t Anything + EPs
Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation…
NWA: Straight Outta Compton
Jane’s Addiction: Nothing’s Shocking
Pixies: Surfer Rosa

shit tons more for each, especially 1967

Those 1977 albums are the strongest argument for me Clive

I would like to add First Utterance by Comus to your 1971 list pls


1979 is pretty hard to beat:

Boys Next Door - Door Door
The Clash - London Calling
David Bowie - Lodger
Gang of Four - Entertainment!

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1979 is pretty hard to beat:

Boys Next Door - Door Door
The Clash - London Calling
The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys
David Bowie - Lodger
Gang of Four - Entertainment!
Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps
Public Image ltd - Metal Box
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Prince - Prince
Talking Heads - Fear of Music
Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats
Wire - 154
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
XTC - Drums and Wires

That’s just the stuff I can think off from the top of my head (or own). I’m missing out loads.
Hell of a year.