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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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231 293
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

2
159 234
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

3
176 158
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Doors The Doors

4
146 126
My Generation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
My Generation The Who

5
179 236
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
124 136
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

7
192 191
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Van Halen Van Halen

8
134 139
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Cars The Cars

9
201 317
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

10
79 35
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Tomorrow Is Yesterday

11
180 180
Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boston Boston

12
92 102
In the Court of the Crimson Ki... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

13
123 182
Please Please Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Please Please Me The Beatles

14
102 152
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

All Queen Albums Ranked Best To Worst

15
105 140
The Velvet Underground & Nico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Velvet Underground & Nico Nico, The Velvet Underground

16
55 55
Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Pretenders The Pretenders

17
71 48
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Foreigner Foreigner

18
108 86
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

19
73 50
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Blondie Blondie

20
61 38
Talking Heads: 77 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Talking Heads: 77 Talking Heads

21
49 51
Emerson, Lake and Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer

The Best Frozen Food Brands

22
99 80
Queen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Queen Queen

23
86 68
Crosby, Stills & Nash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Crosby, Stills & Nash Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

24
79 79
Fresh Cream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Fresh Cream Cream

25
60 47
Music From Big Pink is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

26
65 54
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Aerosmith Aerosmith

27
95 132
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

28
153 219
Ten is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ten Pearl Jam

Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

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46 45
Horses is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Horses Patti Smith

30
82 48
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival

31
86 149
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ramones Ramones

32
59 49
Boy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boy U2

33
42 35
The B-52’s is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The B-52’s The B-52's

34
92 146
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Clash The Clash

35
65 82
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Smiths The Smiths

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

36
22 23
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Monkees The Monkees

37
53 84
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Stooges The Stooges

38
77 54
Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition) is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

39
68 73
Too Fast for Love is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Too Fast for Love Mötley Crüe

40
59 80
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Dire Straits Dire Straits

41
73 81
Outlandos d'Amour is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Outlandos d'Amour The Police

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

History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

43
70 79
Definitely Maybe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

44
30 9
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
chris-dagosta added Bad Company Bad Company

45
50 89
Marquee Moon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Marquee Moon Television

46
28 26
Yes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Yes Yes

47
101 131
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

48
51 35
Out of the Cellar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

49
29 11
Get the Knack is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Twiggsy added Get the Knack The Knack

50
28 35
The Runaways is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Runaways The Runaways