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.

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

#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.

star 7.97
38 votes
Changes

#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.

star 7.72
54 votes
Our Time Is Now

#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.

star 7.67
49 votes
Starman

#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.

star 7.66
32 votes
End of the Acid Dream

#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.

star 7.62
60 votes
Respect

#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.

star 7.56
34 votes
What's Happening?

#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.

star 7.55
80 votes
Exile

#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.

star 7.28
39 votes