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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

2
175 255
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

3
205 171
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Doors The Doors

4
150 150
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

5
201 263
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
169 150
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Cars The Cars

7
215 200
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Van Halen Van Halen

8
156 141
My Generation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
My Generation The Who

9
223 331
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
218 188
Boston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boston Boston

11
138 198
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
110 166
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

13
98 54
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Foreigner Foreigner

14
105 139
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
122 169
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 65
Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Pretenders The Pretenders

17
122 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
70 42
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
82 55
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Blondie Blondie

20
51 57
Emerson, Lake and Palmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer

21
172 244
Ten is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ten Pearl Jam

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84 86
Fresh Cream is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Fresh Cream Cream

23
88 70
Tomorrow Is Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Tomorrow Is Yesterday

24
93 75
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
109 93
Queen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Queen Queen

26
71 53
Music From Big Pink is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

27
95 176
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ramones Ramones

28
74 59
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Aerosmith Aerosmith

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29
108 160
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

30
53 55
Horses is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Horses Patti Smith

31
49 10
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
chris-dagosta added Bad Company Bad Company

32
29 28
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Monkees The Monkees

33
68 61
Boy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boy U2

34
102 173
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Clash The Clash

35
54 17
Get the Knack is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
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36
89 53
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
49 40
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
75 42
Out of the Cellar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

39
61 109
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Stooges The Stooges

40
50 18
Cuts Like a Knife is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Twiggsy added Cuts Like a Knife Bryan Adams

41
74 82
Too Fast for Love is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Too Fast for Love Mötley Crüe

42
86 59
Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition) is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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43
68 104
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Dire Straits Dire Straits

44
80 97
Outlandos d'Amour is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Outlandos d'Amour The Police

45
71 113
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Smiths The Smiths

46
43 47
Shades of Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Shades of Deep Purple Deep Purple

47
54 114
Marquee Moon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Marquee Moon Television

48
110 158
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

49
79 111
Definitely Maybe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

50
29 33
Yes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Yes Yes