1971 Top R&B Song List

Rank Artist Title
1 Al Green Let’s Stay Together
2 Sly & the Family Stone Family Affair
3 King Floyd Groove Me
4 The Temptations Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
5 Jean Knight Mr. Big Stuff
6 Marvin Gaye What’s Going On
7 Aretha Franklin Spanish Harlem
8 The Honey Cone Want Ads
9 Rufus Thomas (Do The) Push And Pull Part I
10 The Chi-Lites Have You Seen Her
11 Isaac Hayes Theme from Shaft
12 Marvin Gaye Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
13 Aretha Franklin Bridge Over Troubled Water
14 Gladys Knight & The Pips If I Were Your Woman
15 The Undisputed Truth Smiling Faces Sometimes
16 The Honey Cone Stick-Up
17 Jackson 5 Mama’s Pearl
18 Marvin Gaye Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
19 Betty Wright Clean Up Woman
20 The Persuaders Thin Line Between Love & Hate
21 James Brown Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants) (Pt. 1)
22 Michael Jackson Got to Be There
23 Aretha Franklin Rock Steady
24 Denise LaSalle Trapped by a Thing Called Love
25 Wilson Pickett Don’t Knock My Love – Pt. 1
26 The Stylistics You Are Everything
27 Joe Simon Your Time To Cry
28 Stevie Wonder We Can Work It Out
29 The Osmonds One Bad Apple
30 The Staple Singers Respect Yourself
31 Jackson 5 Never Can Say Goodbye
32 Stevie Wonder If You Really Love Me
33 Curtis Mayfield (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Going To Go
34 James Brown Make It Funky (Part 1)
35 Gladys Knight & the Pips I Don’t Want to Do Wrong
36 The Dramatics Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
37 Ike & Tina Turner Proud Mary
38 Bill Withers Ain’t No Sunshine
39 Jackson 5 Sugar Daddy
40 Johnnie Taylor Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone
41 Wilson Pickett Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You
42 Al Green Tired of Being Alone
43 The 8th Day She’s Not Just Another Woman
44 Joe Simon Drowning in the Sea of Love
45 Donnie Elbert Where Did Our Love Go
46 Freda Payne Bring the Boys Home
47 The 5th Dimension One Less Bell To Answer
48 The Isley Brothers Love the One You’re with
49 Four Tops A Simple Game
50 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles I Don’t Blame You At All
51 The Chi-Lites (For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People
52 Jackson 5 Maybe Tomorrow
53 Edwin Starr Stop The War Now
54 Aretha Franklin You’re All I Need to Get By
55 Rufus Thomas The Breakdown (Part 1)
56 Aretha Franklin Border Song (Holy Moses)
57 The Beginning of the End Funky Nassau (Part 1)
58 James Brown Soul Power (Part 1)
59 The 8th Day You’ve Got to Crawl (Before You Walk)
60 Dennis Coffey Scorpio
61 The Supremes Nathan Jones
62 Edwin Starr Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On
63 The Honey Cone One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Part I)
64 Jerry Butler Ain’t Understanding Mellow
65 King Floyd Baby Let Me Kiss You
66 The Temptations Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)
67 James Brown Get Up, Get into It, Get Involved (Part 1)
68 The Stylistics You’re A Big Girl Now
69 Wilson Pickett Fire and Water
70 The Main Ingredient Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love)
71 The Staple Singers Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)
72 The Supremes With The Four Tops River Deep, Mountain High
73 Bobby Womack That’s the Way I Feel About ‘Cha
74 The Chi-Lites Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)
75 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway You’ve Got a Friend
76 The Stylistics Stop, Look, Listen (to Your Heart)
77 Jerry Butler If It’s Real What I Feel
78 James Brown Escape-ism (Part 1)
79 Little Sister Somebody’s Watching You
80 The Dells The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)
81 James Brown I’m A Greedy Man (Part 1)
82 Gladys Knight & the Pips Make Me the Woman That You Go Home To
83 Candi Staton He Called Me Baby
84 Rare Earth Hey Big Brother
85 The Detroit Emeralds Do Me Right
86 The Fuzz I Love You for All Seasons
87 Brenda & the Tabulations Right on the Tip of My Tongue
88 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Band Your Love (Means Everything To Me)
89 The Delfonics Over And Over
90 Jackie Wilson (I Can Feel Those Vibrations) This Love Is Real
91 Four Tops Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life)
92 Tyrone Davis Could I Forget You
93 The People’s Choice I Likes to Do It
94 The Ebonys You’re The Reason Why
95 Johnnie Taylor Hijackin’ Love
96 Diana Ross Remember Me
97 Chairmen of the Board Chairman of the Board
98 Freddie North She’s All I Got
99 Wilson Pickett Call My Name, I’ll Be There
100 Laura Lee Women’s Love Rights