List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1971

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These are the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1971.

That year, 13 acts hit number one for the first time, such as Dawn, The Osmonds, Janis Joplin, Honey Cone, Carole King, The Raiders, James Taylor, The Bee Gees, Linda McCartney, Donny Osmond, Rod Stewart, Isaac Hayes, and Melanie. Janis Joplin was the second artist to earn a number one song posthumously after her death in October 1970. Paul McCartney, Cher, and Donny Osmond, having already hit number one with The Beatles, Sonny & Cher, and The Osmonds, respectively, also earn their first number one songs as solo acts.

Key
The yellow background indicates the #1 song on Billboard's 1971 Year-End Chart of Pop Singles.
No. Issue Date Song Artist(s) Reference
247 January 2 "My Sweet Lord" / "Isn't It a Pity" George Harrison
January 9
January 16
248 January 23 "Knock Three Times" Dawn
January 30
February 6
249 February 13 "One Bad Apple" The Osmonds
February 20
February 27
March 6
March 13
250 March 20 "Me and Bobby McGee" Janis Joplin
March 27
251 April 3 "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" The Temptations
April 10
252 April 17 "Joy to the World" Three Dog Night
April 24
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22
253 May 29 "Brown Sugar" The Rolling Stones
June 5
254 June 12 "Want Ads" Honey Cone
255 June 19 "It's Too Late" / "I Feel the Earth Move" Carole King
June 26
July 3
July 10
July 17
256 July 24 "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)" The Raiders
257 July 31 "You've Got a Friend" James Taylor
258 August 7 "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" Bee Gees
August 14
August 21
August 28
259 September 4 "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" Paul & Linda McCartney
260 September 11 "Go Away Little Girl" Donny Osmond
September 18
September 25
261 October 2 "Maggie May" / "Reason to Believe" Rod Stewart
October 9
October 16
October 23
October 30
262 November 6 "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" Cher
November 13
263 November 20 "Theme from Shaft" Isaac Hayes
November 27
264 December 4 "Family Affair" Sly and the Family Stone
December 11
December 18
265 December 25 "Brand New Key" Melanie

Sources[edit]

  • Fred Bronson's Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, 5th Edition (ISBN 0-8230-7677-6)
  • Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2008, 12 Edition (ISBN 0-89820-180-2)
  • Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Seventies (ISBN 0-89820-076-8)
  • Additional information obtained can be verified within Billboard's online archive services and print editions of the magazine.

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