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List Rules Only debut studio albums allowed. No sophomore albums, EPs, mix tapes, or compilations.

It’s no coincidence that great bands and artists have some of the best debut albums of all time. You can tell a lot about a music artist from their first album, for better or worse. A debut album sets the stage for what audiences can expect, including genre, style, inventiveness, and many more details. For some talented artists, a debut album can be genre changing and influence pop culture. But what are the greatest debut albums of all time? See what music lovers have to say in the ranking below.

For some bands, a debut album may be their best work or even their only work. More than a few break up after their first effort. For many others, it may be their best work and they may end up being one-hit wonders. Not many artists continue to find more success after initial efforts.

For the purpose of this list however, we only care about that first seminal album. So vote for the artists that you think have the very best debut albums of all time. No sophomore albums allowed. If you don’t see a particularly great debut album listed, add it so that others may vote on it. All genres welcome.

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

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122 90
My Generation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
My Generation The Who

3
140 160
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Van Halen Van Halen

4
124 141
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Doors The Doors

5
140 192
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience

6
127 203
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

7
84 119
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Cars The Cars

8
160 265
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

9
84 109
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

10
104 163
Please Please Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Please Please Me The Beatles

11
129 161
Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boston Boston

12
37 26
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Foreigner Foreigner

13
83 129
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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61 64
In the Court of the Crimson Ki... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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Ten is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ten Pearl Jam

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78 109
The Velvet Underground & Nico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Velvet Underground & Nico Nico, The Velvet Underground

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34 44
Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Pretenders The Pretenders

18
71 99
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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70 61
Queen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Queen Queen

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90 97
Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Kill 'Em All Metallica

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62 64
Fresh Cream is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Fresh Cream Cream

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71 119
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Clash The Clash

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47 55
Outlandos d'Amour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Outlandos d'Amour The Police

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66 59
Crosby, Stills & Nash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Crosby, Stills & Nash Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

25
69 117
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ramones Ramones

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85 59
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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37 26
Talking Heads: 77 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Talking Heads: 77 Talking Heads

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62 37
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival

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43 33
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Blondie Blondie

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57 62
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden

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44 38
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Aerosmith Aerosmith

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76 104
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

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63 42
Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition) is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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43 37
Music From Big Pink is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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37 40
Emerson, Lake and Palmer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer

36
47 65
Pretty Hate Machine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Pretty Hate Machine Nine Inch Nails

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41 55
Marquee Moon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Marquee Moon Television

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67 97
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Bleach Nirvana

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46 54
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Smiths The Smiths

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27 28
Horses is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Horses Patti Smith

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8 0
Get the Knack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Guest_e54dcf5f-c0e3-4d46-ae14-3a16678d4932 added Get the Knack The Knack

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41 48
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Stooges The Stooges

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55 67
Facelift is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Facelift Alice in Chains

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53 54
Too Fast for Love is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Too Fast for Love Mötley Crüe

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61 89
Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

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67 99
Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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44 53
My Aim Is True is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
My Aim Is True Elvis Costello

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56 70
Core is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Core Stone Temple Pilots

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26 23
Legend: The Best of Toto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Toto Toto

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10 9
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Monkees The Monkees