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The Best Self-Titled Albums

Updated November 9, 2018 35.3k votes 1.3k voters 12.0k views212 items

List RulesVote up the best albums with the same name as the bands or artists that made them, no compilations or "best of" albums.

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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  • 1
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    ArtistAaliyah

    TracksU Got Nerve, I Refuse, What If

    Genres (Music)Progressive metal, Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Hard rock

    Aaliyah is the third and final studio album by American R&B recording artist Aaliyah, released on July 7, 2001, by Blackground Records and Virgin Records. After raising her profile with hit...  more
  • 2
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    ArtistThe Beatles

    TracksPiggies, Back in the U.S.S.R., Rocky Raccoon

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Country, Pop music, Blues-rock, Hard rock

    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 text...  more
  • 3
    333
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    ArtistLed Zeppelin

    TracksBabe I’m Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Heavy metal, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Folk rock

    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 the...  more
  • 4
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    ArtistWhitney Houston

    TracksSomeone for Me, You Give Good Love, Thinking About You

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Dance music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B

    Whitney Houston is the eponymous debut album of American R&B and pop singer Whitney Houston, released February 14, 1985 on Arista Records. The album initially had a slow commercial response but began...  more
  • 5
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    ArtistThe Doors

    TracksThe End, Take It As It Comes, The Crystal Ship

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Blues-rock, Hard rock

    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 the...  more
  • 6

    ArtistChristina Aguilera

    TracksBlessed, So Emotional, Genie in a Bottle

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop rock, Dance music, Contemporary R&B

    Christina Aguilera is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer Christina Aguilera. It was released on August 24, 1999, by RCA Records. After recording "Reflection", the theme song for...  more
  • 7
    236
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    ArtistThe Cars

    TracksGood Times Roll, You're All I've Got Tonight, Moving in Stereo

    Genres (Music)Rock music, New Wave, Hard rock, Power pop

    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
  • 8
    248
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    ArtistVan Halen

    TracksJamie's Cryin', Atomic Punk, Runnin' With the Devil

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Hard rock, Glam metal

    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 the...  more
  • 9
    243
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    Boston

    1976

    ArtistBoston

    TracksRock & Roll Band, Something About You, More Than a Feeling

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Rock music, Hard rock, Pop rock, Classic rock

    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 Records....  more
  • 10
    142
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    ArtistMadonna

    TracksHoliday, Borderline, Physical Attraction (extended version)

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Dance music, Disco

    Madonna is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer Madonna, released on July 27, 1983 by Sire Records. It was renamed Madonna: The First Album for the 1985 international re-release of the...  more
  • 11
    210
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    ArtistBlack Sabbath

    TracksEvil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me, N.I.B.

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Blues-rock, Hard rock

    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 reached...  more
  • 12
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    ArtistMariah Carey

    TracksYou Need Me, Sent From Up Above, Vanishing

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Dance music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B

    Mariah Carey is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey, released on June 12, 1990 by Columbia Records. Its music incorporates a range of contemporary genres...  more
  • 13
    126
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    Cher

    1987

    ArtistCher

    TracksWe All Sleep Alone, Working Girl, Dangerous Times

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Rock music, Pop music, Adult contemporary music, Soft rock

    Cher is the 18th studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on November 10, 1987 by Geffen Records....  more
  • 14
    208
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    ArtistMetallica

    TracksOf Wolf and Man, Nothing Else Matters, The Unforgiven

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Hard rock

    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 and...  more
  • 15
    101
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    ArtistSavage Garden

    TracksTruly Madly Deeply, A Thousand Words, Mine

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Pop rock, Contemporary R&B

    Savage Garden is the eponymous debut album released by Australian pop duo Savage Garden. It was released on 4 March 1997 in Australia. The album sold more than 12 million copies worldwide,according...  more
  • 16
    204
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    Queen

    1973

    ArtistQueen

    TracksSeven Seas of Rhye…, Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll, Doing All Right

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Heavy metal, Rock music, Hard rock, Art rock

    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 Baker,...  more
  • 17
    82
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    ArtistSheryl Crow

    TracksThe Book, Love Is a Good Thing, Redemption Day

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Country, Pop music, Folk rock, Country rock

    Sheryl Crow is the second album by American singer Sheryl Crow, released on September 1, 1996 in the United Kingdom and September 24, 1996 in the United States. Reaching #6 on the Billboard 200,...  more
  • 18
    107
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    ArtistRicky Martin

    TracksI'm on My Way, The Cup of Life (Spanglish radio edit), Livin' la Vida Loca (Spanish version)

    Genres (Music)Electronica, Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Latin pop

    Ricky Martin is the fifth album by the Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin released on Columbia Records on May 11, 1999. The album is one of the best selling albums of all time and has sold 22 million...  more
  • 19

    ArtistThe Allman Brothers Band

    TracksWhipping Post, Every Hungry Woman, Dreams

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Southern rock

    The Allman Brothers Band is the debut studio album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band. It was released in the United States by Atco Records and Capricorn Records on November 4, 1969 and...  more
  • 20
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    ArtistBackstreet Boys

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Dance music, Contemporary R&B, Dance-pop, Teen pop

    Backstreet Boys is the self-titled international debut studio album by American boy band Backstreet Boys. The album was released around Europe, Asia, Canada and in a few other markets. It was a...  more
  • 21
    108
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    Artist98 Degrees

    TracksI Wasn't Over You, Take My Breath Away, Come And Get It

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Soul music

    98 Degrees is the self-titled debut album by American male vocal group 98 Degrees. The album debuted and peaked at number 145 and number 88 on the US Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums...  more
  • 22
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    ArtistFleetwood Mac

    TracksWorld Turning, I'm So Afraid, Rhiannon

    Genres (Music)Rock music

    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 fans,...  more
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    ArtistChris Brown

    TracksWhat's My Name, Yo (Excuse Me Miss), Thank You

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap, Dance-pop

    Chris Brown is the eponymous debut studio album by American R&B recording artist Chris Brown, released on November 29, 2005 in the United States on Jive Records. It was a commercial success,...  more
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    *NSYNC

    1997

    Artist'N Sync

    TracksRiddle, For the Girl Who Has Everything, I Need Love

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Dance music, Contemporary R&B, Dance-pop

    NSYNC is the self-titled debut studio album by American boy band NSYNC. It was first released in Germany on May 26, 1997, before receiving a worldwide release in 1998....  more
  • 25

    ArtistNew Kids on the Block

    TracksAre You Down?, New Kids on the Block, Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)

    Genres (Music)Pop music

    New Kids on the Block is the self-titled debut album from American pop boy band New Kids on the Block. Released in the spring of 1986, its very bubble-gum, pseudo early Osmonds/New Edition-esque...  more