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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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272 323
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

2
182 269
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

3
222 180
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Doors The Doors

4
234 347
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

5
217 286
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
162 165
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

7
191 166
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Cars The Cars

8
232 212
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Van Halen Van Halen

9
160 151
My Generation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
My Generation The Who

10
248 200
Boston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boston Boston

11
152 204
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
124 175
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

13
119 64
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Foreigner Foreigner

14
190 263
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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139 192
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
112 163
In the Court of the Crimson Ki... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

17
131 101
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
66 74
Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Pretenders The Pretenders

19
88 62
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Blondie Blondie

20
75 49
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
120 100
Queen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Queen Queen

The Best Living English Actresses

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89 93
Fresh Cream is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Fresh Cream Cream

23
80 59
Music From Big Pink is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

24
53 67
Emerson, Lake and Palmer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer

25
98 82
Crosby, Stills & Nash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Crosby, Stills & Nash Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

26
81 65
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Aerosmith Aerosmith

27
60 62
Horses is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Horses Patti Smith

28
102 199
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ramones Ramones

All Queen Albums Ranked Best To Worst

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57 14
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

30
116 184
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

31
76 65
Boy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boy U2

32
69 27
Get the Knack is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Twiggsy added Get the Knack The Knack

33
95 58
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

34
55 47
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
89 95
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Tomorrow Is Yesterday

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

36
65 28
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

37
106 196
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Clash The Clash

38
31 37
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Monkees The Monkees

39
86 53
Out of the Cellar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

40
118 177
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

41
90 64
Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition) is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

42
67 131
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Stooges The Stooges

Best Fall Out Boy Albums, Ranked

43
75 92
Too Fast for Love is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Too Fast for Love Mötley Crüe

44
47 52
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
77 126
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Dire Straits Dire Straits

46
86 115
Outlandos d'Amour is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Outlandos d'Amour The Police

47
60 133
Marquee Moon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Marquee Moon Television

48
30 32
Mr. Tambourine Man is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Mr. Tambourine Man

49
74 135
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Smiths The Smiths

50
52 36
Surrealistic Pillow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Surrealistic Pillow Jefferson Airplane