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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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231 291
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

2
158 233
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

3
174 158
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Doors The Doors

4
146 124
My Generation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
My Generation The Who

5
179 234
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
123 135
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

7
192 189
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Van Halen Van Halen

8
131 138
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Cars The Cars

9
200 316
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
78 34
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Tomorrow Is Yesterday

11
178 179
Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boston Boston

12
92 101
In the Court of the Crimson Ki... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

13
122 182
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
101 152
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
71 48
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Foreigner Foreigner

17
108 86
Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

18
54 55
Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Pretenders The Pretenders

19
49 51
Emerson, Lake and Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer

20
99 79
Queen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Queen Queen

21
60 38
Talking Heads: 77 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Talking Heads: 77 Talking Heads

The Best Frozen Food Brands

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70 50
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Blondie Blondie

23
79 79
Fresh Cream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Fresh Cream Cream

24
84 68
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
65 54
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Aerosmith Aerosmith

26
59 47
Music From Big Pink is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

27
152 219
Ten is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ten Pearl Jam

28
93 132
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

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

30
86 149
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ramones Ramones

31
81 48
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival

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

33
91 146
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Clash The Clash

34
41 35
The B-52’s is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The B-52’s The B-52's

35
64 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
77 54
Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition) is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

38
52 84
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Stooges The Stooges

39
67 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
73 81
Outlandos d'Amour is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Outlandos d'Amour The Police

41
58 80
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Dire Straits Dire Straits

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
69 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
100 131
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
27 35
The Runaways is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Runaways The Runaways