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The Best Self-Titled Albums 

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Updated November 9, 2018 25.6k votes 993 voters 8.4k views 212 items

List Rules Vote 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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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By T. Rex (1970); Tracks: Root of Star, Summer Deep & The Wizard

Producer: Tony Visconti

Length (mins): 00:37:28

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Glam rock, Psychedelic folk

T. Rex is the fifth studio album by English glam rock band T. Rex and the first released under that name since changing their name from Tyrannosaurus Rex. It was released on 18 December 1970 by ...more
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Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By David Coverdale (1977); Tracks: Blindman, Sunny Days & Whitesnake

Genres (Music): Rock music, Blues-rock, Hard rock

White Snake is the first solo album by David Coverdale, released in 1976. Coverdale would use the album title as the name of his future band, first known as "David Coverdale's ...more
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Crosby, Stills & Nas... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Crosby and Stills (1969); Tracks: Long Time Gone, Wooden Ships & Pre-Road Downs

Length (mins): 00:40:58

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, Folk rock

Crosby, Stills & Nash is the first album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, released in 1969 on the Atlantic Records label. It spawned two Top 40 hit singles, "Marrakesh Express" and ...more
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The Allman Brothers Band... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By The Allman Brothers Band (1969); Tracks: Whipping Post, Every Hungry Woman & Dreams

Length (mins): 00:33:22

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 ...more
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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Steppenwolf (1968); Tracks: Your Wall's Too High, Hoochie Coochie Man & Desperation

Length (mins): 00:47:29

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

Steppenwolf is the first studio album by American rock band Steppenwolf, released in January 1968 on ABC Dunhill Records. The album was a successful debut for the band, featuring the songs ...more
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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Fleetwood Mac (1975); Tracks: World 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 ...more
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Ratt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Ratt (1999); Tracks: Gave Up Givin' Up, So Good & So Fine

Producer: Liam Sternberg

Length (mins): 00:50:55

Genres (Music): Rock music, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Glam metal, Blues

Ratt is the self-titled and sixth album by Ratt. Often referred to as "1999" by fans, this album saw the band's musical direction shift to a more blues-influenced rock sound and ...more
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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Bon Jovi (1984); Tracks: Come Back, Burning for Love & Breakout

Length (mins): 00:38:18

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

Bon Jovi is the debut studio album of American rock band Bon Jovi, released on January 21, 1984. Produced by Tony Bongiovi and Lance Quinn, it is significant for being the only Bon Jovi album on ...more
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blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Blink-182 (2003); Tracks: Stockholm Syndrome, Not Now & Asthenia

Producer: Jerry Finn

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Punk rock, Pop punk, Emo

Blink-182 is the eponymously titled fifth studio album by the American rock band Blink-182. It was produced by Jerry Finn and released November 18, 2003, through Geffen Records. Following the ...more
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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Alice in Chains (1995); Tracks: Over Now, Brush Away & Shame in You

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Sludge metal, Alternative metal, Grunge

Alice in Chains is the self-titled third studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was released on November 7, 1995 and was the follow-up to the highly successful Dirt. As with ...more
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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Twenty One Pilots (2009); Tracks: Johnny Boy, Oh Ms Believer & March To the Sea

Genres (Music): Indie pop, Indietronica

Twenty One Pilots is a 2009 studio album by Twenty One Pilots.
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Eric Clapton (1970); Tracks: Slunky, Bad Boy & Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me

Genres (Music): Rock music, Blues-rock, Rock and roll, Pop rock

Eric Clapton is the eponymous debut studio album from Eric Clapton, released in August of 1970.
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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Ramones (1976); Tracks: Blitzkrieg Bop, Chain Saw & Havana Affair

Length (mins): 00:29:16

Genres (Music): Punk rock

Ramones is the debut studio album by the American punk rock band Ramones, released on February 4, 1976 by Sire Records. After Hit Parader editor Lisa Robinson saw the band at a gig in New York ...more
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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Kansas (1974); Tracks: Can I Tell You, Belexes & Lonely Wind

Length (mins): 00:44:52

Genres (Music): Progressive rock

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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Bachman-Turner Overdrive... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Bachman–Turner Overdrive (1984); Tracks: For the Weekend, My Sugaree & Service With a Smile

Genres (Music): Rock music

Bachman–Turner Overdrive is the ninth studio album by Canadian rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive, released in 1984. This is the only BTO studio album done without Robbie Bachman on drums. He ...more
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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Billy Idol (1982); Tracks: It's So Cruel, Love Calling & Nobody's Business

Producer: Keith Forsey

Length (mins): 00:39:42

Genres (Music): New Wave, Hard rock, Punk rock, Post-punk

Billy Idol is the eponymous debut studio album by English rock vocalist Billy Idol, released on 16 July 1982 by Chrysalis Records. After his departure from the band Generation X and the release ...more
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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By The Monkees (1966); Tracks: Take a Giant Step, I'll Be True to You & I Wanna Be Free

Label: Colgems Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock

The Monkees is the first album by the band the Monkees. It was released in October 1966 by Colgems Records in the United States and RCA Victor in the rest of the world. It was the first of four ...more
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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Blue Öyster Cult (1972); Tracks: I'm on the Lamb but I Ain't No Sheep, Workshop of the Telescopes & Screams

Producer: Sandy Pearlman

Length (mins): 00:36:43

Label: Columbia

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

Blue Öyster Cult is the eponymous debut album by the American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 16 January 1972. The album featured songs such as "Cities on Flame with ...more
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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Paul Simon (1972); Tracks: Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, Papa Hobo & Duncan

Producer: Roy Halee, Paul Simon

Length (mins): 00:34:36

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Folk rock

Paul Simon is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon as a solo artist. It was released in January 1972, nearly two years after he split up with longtime musical partner ...more
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Foghat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Foghat (1972); Tracks: Fool's Hall of Fame, Trouble & Trouble

Length (mins): 00:38:12

Genres (Music): Rock music, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Blues

Foghat is the debut album by the band Foghat. The first of their two self-titled albums, it was released in 1972 on Bearsville Records.
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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Peter Gabriel (1980); Tracks: No Self Control, Family Snapshot & And Through the Wire

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Dark wave, New Wave, Hard rock, Pop rock, + more

Peter Gabriel is the third album by British musician Peter Gabriel, released in May 1980. The album contains two of Gabriel's most famous songs, the UK Top 10 hit "Games Without ...more
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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By The Clash (1977); Tracks: Janie Jones, Hate & War & Police & Thieves

Producer: Lee “Scratch” Perry, Bill Price

Length (mins): 00:35:22

Genres (Music): Punk rock

The Clash is the eponymous debut studio album by English punk rock band the Clash. It was released on 8 April 1977, through CBS Records.
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Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By The Pretenders (1979); Tracks: Mystery Achievement, Tattooed Love Boys & Stop Your Sobbing

Producer: Chris Thomas

Length (mins): 00:47:07

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, New Wave, Punk rock

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
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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Bad Company (1974); Tracks: Don’t Let Me Down, Ready for Love & Movin’ On

Length (mins): 00:34:52

Genres (Music): Hard rock

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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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Iron Maiden (1980); Tracks: Prowler, Remember Tomorrow & Strange World

Producer: Wil Malone

Length (mins): 00:40:49

Genres (Music): Heavy metal

Iron Maiden, released on 14 April 1980, is the debut album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was issued by EMI in the UK, and a few months later in North America, originally on ...more