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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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254 310
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

2
172 255
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

3
202 170
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Doors The Doors

4
200 262
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience

5
148 149
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

6
168 149
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Cars The Cars

7
213 200
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Van Halen Van Halen

8
155 140
My Generation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
My Generation The Who

9
222 329
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
216 187
Boston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boston Boston

11
137 196
Please Please Me is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Please Please Me The Beatles

12
110 164
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

13
97 53
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Foreigner Foreigner

14
104 137
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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15
120 168
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
63 63
Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Pretenders The Pretenders

17
119 93
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
69 41
Talking Heads: 77 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Talking Heads: 77 Talking Heads

19
51 55
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
81 54
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Blondie Blondie

21
88 68
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Tomorrow Is Yesterday

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22
84 84
Fresh Cream is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Fresh Cream Cream

23
93 73
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
109 91
Queen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Queen Queen

25
169 244
Ten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ten Pearl Jam

26
71 51
Music From Big Pink is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

27
73 57
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Aerosmith Aerosmith

28
95 174
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ramones Ramones

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29
107 158
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

30
52 53
Horses is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Horses Patti Smith

31
54 15
Get the Knack is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Twiggsy added Get the Knack The Knack

32
68 59
Boy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boy U2

33
47 10
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
chris-dagosta added Bad Company Bad Company

34
102 171
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Clash The Clash

35
28 27
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Monkees The Monkees

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36
88 52
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival

37
47 39
The B-52’s is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The B-52’s The B-52's

38
73 41
Out of the Cellar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

39
49 17
Cuts Like a Knife is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Twiggsy added Cuts Like a Knife Bryan Adams

40
74 80
Too Fast for Love is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Too Fast for Love Mötley Crüe

41
86 57
Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition) is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

42
59 108
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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43
67 102
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Dire Straits Dire Straits

44
43 45
Shades of Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Shades of Deep Purple Deep Purple

45
79 95
Outlandos d'Amour is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Outlandos d'Amour The Police

46
70 111
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Smiths The Smiths

47
53 112
Marquee Moon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Marquee Moon Television

48
29 31
Yes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Yes Yes

49
26 27
Mr. Tambourine Man is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Mr. Tambourine Man

50
79 109
Definitely Maybe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked