Number One Song This lists songs that hit number one on the charts in the US during 1971. If a song spent nonconsecutive weeks at number one, the number of weeks for each occurrence at the top is shown in parenthesis.
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December 20 1970 – January 16 1971 George Harrison - My Sweet Lord 4
January 17 – February 6 1971 Tony Orlando and Dawn - Knock Three Times 3
February 7 – March 13 1971 Osmonds - One Bad Apple 5
March 14 – 27 1971 Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee 2
March 28 – April 10 1971 Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) 2
April 11 – May 22 1971 Three Dog Night - Joy to the World 6
May 23 – June 5 1971 Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar 2
June 6 – 12 1971 Honey Cone - Want Ads 1
June 13 – July 17 1971 Carole King - It's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move 5
July 18 – 24 1971 Raiders - Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) 1
July 25 – 31 1971 James Taylor - You've Got a Friend 1
August 1 – 28 1971 Bee Gees - How Can You Mend a Broken Heart 4
August 29 – September 4 1971 Paul McCartney - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 1
September 5 – 25 1971 Donny Osmond - Go Away Little Girl 3
September 26 – October 30 1971 Rod Stewart - Maggie May 5
October 31 – November 13 1971 Cher - Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves 2
November 14 – 27 1971 Issac Hayes - Theme From 'Shaft' 2
November 28 – December 18 1971 Sly and The Family Stone - Family Affair 3
December 19 1971 – January 8 1972 Melanie - Brand New Key 3
Source: Billboard Magazine

19 different songs hit number one in the US during 1971.

Top 5 Songs of 1971

Number One Song of 1971: Three Dog Night - Joy To The World
  1. Three Dog Night - Joy To The World
  2. Rod Stewart - Maggie May / (Find A) Reason To Believe
  3. Carole King - It's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move
  4. Osmonds - One Bad Apple
  5. Bee Gees - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
See the rest of the top 100 songs of 1971.