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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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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Doors The Doors

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

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Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

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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

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

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

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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Van Halen Van Halen

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My Generation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
My Generation The Who

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

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Please Please Me is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Please Please Me The Beatles

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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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The Velvet Underground & Nico is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Velvet Underground & Nico Nico, The Velvet Underground

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Ten is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ten Pearl Jam

The Best Songs on The Doors' Self-Titled Debut Album

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

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In the Court of the Crimson Ki... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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Talking Heads: 77 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Talking Heads: 77 Talking Heads

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

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Blizzard of Ozz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne

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

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Queen Queen

The Best Luggage Brands

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Music From Big Pink is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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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

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

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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

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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Aerosmith Aerosmith

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

All Queen Albums Ranked Best To Worst

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
chris-dagosta added Bad Company Bad Company

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Horses is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Horses Patti Smith

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Boy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boy U2

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Clash The Clash

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Get the Knack is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Twiggsy added Get the Knack The Knack

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

21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

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Cuts Like a Knife is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Twiggsy added Cuts Like a Knife Bryan Adams

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

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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

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

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Out of the Cellar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Tomorrow Is Yesterday

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

Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

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Marquee Moon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Marquee Moon Television

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Dire Straits Dire Straits

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Shades of Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Shades of Deep Purple Deep Purple

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Outlandos d'Amour is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Outlandos d'Amour The Police

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Too Fast for Love is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Too Fast for Love Mötley Crüe

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

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Surrealistic Pillow is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Surrealistic Pillow Jefferson Airplane

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Mr. Tambourine Man is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Mr. Tambourine Man