Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The 1971 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums: Total

1. The Who: Who's Next (Decca) 540
2. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones) 332
3. Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story (Mercury) 319
4. Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey (Warner Bros.) 315
5. John Lennon: Imagine (Apple) 225
6. Joy of Cooking: Joy of Cooking (Capitol) 194
7. Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead (Warner Bros.) 188
8. The Concert for Bangladesh: The Concert for Bangladesh (Apple) 176
9. Joni Mitchell: Blue (Reprise) 163
10. Carole King: Tapestry (Ode) 156
11. Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia) 152
12. The Beach Boys: Surf's Up (Brother) 145
13. Janis Joplin: Pearl (Columbia) 124
14. The Kinks: Muswell Hillbillies (RCA Victor) 120
15. Randy Newman: Live (Reprise) 110
16. The Allman Brothers: Live at the Fillmore East (Atlantic) 98
17. Sly and the Family Stone: There's a Riot Goin' On (Epic) 95
18. David Bowie: Hunky Dory (RCA Victor) 88
19. Procol Harum: Broken Barricades (A&M) 87
20. The Move: Message from the Country (Capitol) 87
21. Traffic: The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Island) 85
22. Jethro Tull: Aqualung (Reprise) 83
23. Jeff Beck Group: Rough and Ready (Epic) 83
24. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen: Lost in the Ozone (Paramount) 83
25. The Band: Cahoots (Capitol) 80
26. Alice Cooper: Killer (Warner Bros.) 74
27. Yes: The Yes Album (Atlantic) 65
28. Delaney & Bonnie: Motel Shot (Atco) 62
29. Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson (RCA Victor) 60
30. Led Zeppelin: IV (Atlantic) 56

Albums: Critics

1. The Who: Who's Next (Decca) 263
2. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones) 180
3. Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story (Mercury) 171
4. Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey (Warner Bros.) 140
5. John Lennon: Imagine (Apple) 131
6. Joy of Cooking: Joy of Cooking (Capitol) 98
7. Sly and the Family Stone: There's a Riot Goin' On (Epic) 88
8. The Kinks: Muswell Hillbillies (RCA Victor) 85
9. The Concert for Bangladesh: The Concert for Bangladesh (Apple) 78
10. David Bowie: Hunky Dory (RCA Victor) 70
11. The Beach Boys: Surf's Up (Brother) 62
12. Carole King: Tapestry (Ode) 60
Janis Joplin: Pearl (Columbia) 60
14. Joni Mitchell: Blue (Reprise) 56
15. Jeff Beck Group: Rough and Ready (Epic) 55
16. Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead (Warner Bros.) 54
17. Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia) 52
18. Randy Newman: Live (Reprise) 48
Procol Harum: Broken Barricades (A&M) 48
20. Jethro Tull: Aqualung (Reprise) 41

Albums: Readers

1. The Who: Who's Next (Decca) 277
2. Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey (Warner Bros.) 175
3. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones) 152
4. Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story (Mercury) 148
5. Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead (Warner Bros.) 134
6. Joni Mitchell: Blue (Reprise) 107
7. Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia) 100
8. The Concert for Bangladesh: The Concert for Bangladesh (Apple) 98
9. Carole King: Tapestry (Ode) 96
Joy of Cooking: Joy of Cooking (Capitol) 96
10. John Lennon: Imagine (Apple) 94
11. The Beach Boys: Surf's Up (Brother) 83
12. The Allman Brothers: Live at the Fillmore East (Atlantic) 78
13. Janis Joplin: Pearl (Columbia) 64
14. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen: Lost in the Ozone (Paramount) 63
15. Randy Newman: Live (Reprise) 62
16. The Band: Cahoots (Capitol) 60
Traffic: The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Island) 60
18. The Move: Message from the Country (Capitol) 57
19. Delaney & Bonnie: Motel Shot (Atco) 50

Village Voice, Feb. 10, 1972

Postscript Notes:

The 84 ballots were separated into two groups: one for recognized critics (39), the other for readers (55). The three tables were originally merged into one, with Total Points, Critics Points (Rank), Readers Points (Rank).


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