The BEST Episodes of 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021
Network: Apple TV+
An immersive, deep-dive docuseries rich with archival footage and interviews that explores the musicians and soundtracks that shaped the culture and politics of 1971.
#1 - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 21, 2021
America is convulsed by deep racial unrest. Curtis Mayfield, The Last Poets, and Gil Scott-Heron write about a revolution that feels imminent.
#2 - Changes
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 21, 2021
New sounds and styles emerge following The Beatles’ breakup, with Marc Bolan and Alice Cooper bringing glam to the world.
#3 - Our Time Is Now
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 21, 2021
Carole King and Joni Mitchell smash sexist boundaries and record iconic albums. Elton John and Lou Reed explore queer music and culture.
#4 - Starman
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 21, 2021
Series finale. With reggae and synthesizers on the rise, a range of artists—from Iggy Pop and Lou Reed to Alice Cooper—inspire a creative triumph.
#5 - End of the Acid Dream
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 21, 2021
Sly Stone, The Rolling Stones, and Jim Morrison retreat from the world—but there’s no escape from the growing epidemic of hard drugs.
#6 - Respect
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 21, 2021
James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, and the artists at Stax Records make music on their own terms despite working in an industry rife with racism.
#7 - What's Happening?
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired May 21, 2021
As the unrest of the ’60s evolves into a new decade, musicians like Marvin Gaye and John Lennon become the conscience of the culture.
#8 - Exile
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 21, 2021
Drugs, drink, and debauchery reach a devastating peak—yet Sly Stone, The Rolling Stones, and Jim Morrison produce some of their best music.