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The Best Self-Titled Albums

Updated November 9, 2018 35.4k votes 1.3k voters 12.1k 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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  • 26

    ArtistHilary Duff

    TracksFly, The Getaway, Hide Away

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Pop rock

    Hilary Duff is the self-titled third studio album by American recording artist Hilary Duff. It was released on September 15, 2004, by Hollywood Records. Duff cited the album as being more mature than...  more
  • 27

    ArtistCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    TracksLong Time Gone, Wooden Ships, Pre-Road Downs

    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 "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,"...  more
  • 28
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  • 29

    T. Rex


    ArtistT. Rex

    TracksRoot of Star, Summer Deep, The Wizard

    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
  • 30

    ArtistDavid Coverdale

    TracksBlindman, 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 Whitesnake" and soon...  more
  • 31



    ArtistQuiet Riot

    TracksCallin' the Shots, Coppin' a Feel, King of the Hill

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

    QR (also known as Quiet Riot, Quiet Riot IV, or QR IV) is the sixth studio album released on October 21, 1988 by the American heavy metal band Quiet Riot. The album featured a major line-up change....  more
  • 32

    ArtistBad Company

    TracksDon’t Let Me Down, Ready for Love, Movin’ On

    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 release of...  more
  • 33

    ArtistEmerson, Lake & Palmer

    TracksThe Three Fates: Clotho / Lachesis / Atropos, The Barbarian, Tank

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer is the debut album of British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1970. The album was intended not as an effort by a unified band, but as a general...  more
  • 34

    ArtistREO Speedwagon

    TracksSophisticated Lady, Gypsy Woman's Passion, Dead at Last

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Hard rock, Soft rock

    R.E.O. Speedwagon is the debut studio album by American rock band REO Speedwagon. Released in 1971, it was the only album recorded with singer Terry Luttrell until Kevin Cronin joined the band for...  more
  • 35


    TracksMe Inside, Liberate, Surfacing

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Alternative metal, Nu metal, Rapcore

    Slipknot is the major label debut studio album by American heavy metal band Slipknot. It was released on 29 June 1999 through Roadrunner Records, following a demo containing a few of the songs which...  more
  • 36

    ArtistTwenty One Pilots

    TracksJohnny 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....  more
  • 37

    ArtistThin Lizzy

    TracksSaga of the Ageing Orphan, Honesty Is No Excuse, The Friendly Ranger at Clontarf Castle

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

    Thin Lizzy is the first studio album by Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1971....  more
  • 38


    TracksStockholm Syndrome, Not Now, Asthenia

    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 band's...  more
  • 39

    ArtistThe Band

    TracksThe Unfaithful Servant, King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (alternate performance), The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (alternate mix)

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Americana, Roots rock, Southern rock

    The Band is the eponymous second studio album by The Band, released on September 22, 1969. It is also known as The Brown Album. According to Rob Bowman's liner notes for the 2000 reissue, The Band...  more
  • 40

    ArtistHall & Oates

    TracksGino (The Manager), Sara Smile, Grounds for Separation

    Genres (Music)Pop music

    Daryl Hall & John Oates is the self-titled fourth studio album by Hall & Oates, released in 1975. This is sometimes labeled The Silver Album because of its metallic glam rock style cover. In 2000...  more
  • 41


    TracksYour Wall's Too High, Hoochie Coochie Man, Desperation

    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 "Born to...  more
  • 42


    TracksBlitzkrieg Bop, Chain Saw, Havana Affair

    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 City,...  more
  • 43

    ArtistBon Jovi

    TracksCome Back, Burning for Love, Breakout

    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
  • 44

    ArtistPeter Gabriel

    TracksWaiting for the Big One, Down the Dolce Vita, Slowburn

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Pop music, Hard rock, Experimental rock

    Peter Gabriel is the first studio album by British singer, musician and songwriter Peter Gabriel and the first of four with the same eponymous title. Released on 25 February 1977, it was produced by...  more
  • 45

    ArtistBlue Öyster Cult

    TracksI'm on the Lamb but I Ain't No Sheep, Workshop of the Telescopes, Screams

    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 Rock and Roll",...  more
  • 46


    TracksIn The Morning Day, To Play Some Magic, Topaz

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Jazz fusion

    Journey is the self-titled debut album by the band of the same name. It was released in 1975 on Columbia Records. Unlike their later recordings, this is a progressive rock album which focuses mainly...  more
  • 47

    ArtistNo Doubt

    TracksAche, Brand New Day, Let's Get Back

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Pop music, New Wave, Ska, Ska punk

    No Doubt is the self-titled debut studio album by the American rock band No Doubt, released March 17, 1992 on Interscope Records. The album was originally recorded as an independent release, but was...  more
  • 48

    ArtistDire Straits

    TracksSix Blade Knife, Southbound Again, Sultans of Swing

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Rock music, Rockabilly, Roots rock, Country rock

    Dire Straits is the debut studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 7 October 1978 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album...  more
  • 49

    ArtistThe Clash

    TracksJanie Jones, Hate & War, Police & Thieves

    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....  more
  • 50




    TracksGave Up Givin' Up, So Good, So Fine

    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 further away from...  more