Albums The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked  

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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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1
332 596
The Slim Shady LP is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

2
775 512
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Led Zeppelin

3
224 364
The Chronic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Matt1345 added Dr. Dre

4
126 335
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Matt1345 added 50 Cent

5
444 458
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Black Sabbath

6
618 349
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Doors

7
610 538
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Guns N' Roses

8
566 499
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

9
467 345
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

10
575 353
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Van Halen

11
386 351
Please Please Me is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

12
518 344
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Cars

13
137 208
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Monkees

14
260 442
Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

15
634 340
Boston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Boston

16
349 273
My Generation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Who

17
275 325
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

18
428 520
Ten is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Pearl Jam

19
331 414
The Velvet Underground & Nico is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Nico, The Velvet Underground

20
187 192
Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
The Pretenders

21
273 378
In the Court of the Crimson Ki... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

22
212 196
Fresh Cream is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Cream

23
236 399
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Ramones

24
274 111
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
chris-dagosta added Bad Company

25
243 181
Crosby, Stills & Nash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young