Musicians The Best Self-Titled Albums  

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Naming an album has got to be hard. This list of the best self-titled albums shows that at least a band or musician can use their name with an eponymous album if they can't think of anything else.

An eponymous debut album or EP is also a common way to introduce the world to a band, but not all of the eponymous albums on this list are self-titled EPs. Some were quite a way into their discography before releasing an eponymous studio album. Cher's self-titled album, Cher, was her 18th studio album. The band that waited for the longest to release an eponymous album might be The Beach Boys, who didn't make The Beach Boys until they'd already released 24 other albums.

None of the albums on this list are compilations or "best-of" albums, even though it is common practice to name compilation albums after the band. And although some albums, like Madonna: The First Album, were later renamed to make the musician's back catalog easier to follow, they were originally self-titled releases. Others, like what is commonly called The White Album, are actually eponymous albums that are referred to in a different way to make conversation easier. Weezer has several self-titled albums and, although they aren't the only ones to have multiple eponymous albums, they are also commonly differentiated by the color of the cover, like The Blue Album and The Green Album.

Which of these self-titled albums are the best? Be sure to add any self-titled album we missed, but be sure it is actually an eponymous studio album or EP and not a compilation.

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The White Album is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1968 The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group the Beatles, released on 22 November 1968. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or ...more

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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1978 Van Halen is the debut studio album by American rock band Van Halen. Released on February 10, 1978, the album peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album became widely recognized as ...more

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1967 The Doors is the debut album by American rock band the Doors, recorded in August 1966 and released on January 4, 1967. It was originally released in different stereo and mono mixes, and features ...more

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1976 Boston is the debut studio album by Boston-based American rock band Boston. Produced by Tom Scholz and John Boylan, the album was released on August 25, 1976 in the United States by Epic ...more

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1973 Queen is the eponymous debut album by British rock band Queen. Released in July 1973. It was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre, London, with production by Roy Thomas ...more

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1969 Led Zeppelin is the debut studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was recorded in October 1968 at Olympic Studios in London and released on Atlantic Records on 12 January 1969 in ...more

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1978 The Cars is the eponymous debut studio album by the American new wave rock band the Cars. It was released on June 6, 1978 on Elektra Records. The album, which featured the three charting singles ...more

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1991 Metallica is the eponymously titled fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on August 12, 1991, through Elektra Records, received widespread critical acclaim ...more

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1975 Fleetwood Mac is the tenth album by the British-American band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1975. It was the band's second self-titled album; the first was their 1968 album. Among Fleetwood Mac ...more

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ABBA: Deluxe Edition is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1975 ABBA is the eponymously titled third studio album by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It was originally released on 21 April 1975 through Polar Music and featured the hits "Mamma Mia" and

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Heart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1985 Heart is the self-titled eighth studio album, released by the American rock band Heart. Released in 1985, the album continued the band's transition into mainstream rock, a genre that yielded the ...more

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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1977 Foreigner is the self-titled debut studio album by British-American rock band Foreigner, released in 1977. It spun off a barrage of hit singles, including "Feels Like the First Time", ...more

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1974 Bad Company is the debut studio album by British hard rock supergroup Bad Company. The album was recorded at Headley Grange with Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio in November 1973, and the first ...more

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1970 Black Sabbath is the eponymous debut studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath. Released on 13 February 1970 in the United Kingdom and on 1 June 1970 in the United States, the album ...more

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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1977 Cheap Trick is the first studio album released in 1977 by the American rock band Cheap Trick. It was their debut album for Epic Records, produced by Jack Douglas.

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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1974 Kiss is the debut album by American rock band Kiss, released on February 18, 1974. Much of the material on the album was written by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, as members of their pre-Kiss ...more

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1976 Blondie is the eponymous debut album by American rock band Blondie, released in December 1976 on Private Stock Records.

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1972 Eagles is the debut studio album by the rock band of the same name, released in 1972. The album was recorded at London's Olympic Studios with producer Glyn Johns. The album was an immediate ...more

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1968 Creedence Clearwater Revival is the debut studio album by the American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released in 1968. The reissue liner notes state that while "Susie Q" ...more

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Cheap Trick '97 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1997 Cheap Trick, commonly referred to as Cheap Trick '97, is the second eponymous album by the American rock band Cheap Trick, produced by the band and Ian Taylor and released on Red Ant Records and ...more

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1968 Fleetwood Mac, sometimes known as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, is the debut album by the band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1968. The album is a mixture of blues covers and originals penned by ...more

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The B-52’s is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1979 Play Loud is a 1979 album by The B-52's.

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Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1956 Elvis Presley is the debut studio album by Elvis Presley. It was released on RCA Victor, in mono, catalogue number LPM 1254, in March 1956. The recording sessions took place on January 10 and ...more

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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1974 Kansas is the self-titled debut album by American progressive rock band Kansas, released in 1974. The album was reissued in remastered format on CD in 2004. A remastered version of the album ...more

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Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1979 Pretenders is the debut studio album by the British-American band The Pretenders, released on 19 January 1980 under Real Records. A combination of rock, punk and pop music, this album made the ...more