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.
- 342276Aaliyah is the third and final studio album by American R&B recording artist Aaliyah, released... more
- 387404The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group... more
- 204219Whitney Houston is the eponymous debut album of American R&B and pop singer Whitney Houston,... more
- 326370Led Zeppelin is the debut studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was recorded... more
- 297348The Doors is the debut album by American rock band the Doors, recorded in August 1966 and... more
- 187243Christina Aguilera is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer Christina... more
- 229307The Cars is the eponymous debut studio album by the American new wave rock band the Cars. It... more
- 241325Van Halen is the debut studio album by American rock band Van Halen. Released on February 10,... more
- 237329Boston is the debut studio album by Boston-based American rock band Boston. Produced by Tom... more
- 144203Mariah Carey is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey,... more
- 135193Madonna is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer Madonna, released on July 27,... more
- 206295Black Sabbath is the eponymous debut studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath. Released... more
- 125179Cher is the 18th studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on November 10, 1987... more
- 101147Savage Garden is the eponymous debut album released by Australian pop duo Savage Garden. It... more
- 82124Sheryl Crow is the second album by American singer Sheryl Crow, released on September 1, 1996... more
- 201310Queen is the eponymous debut album by British rock band Queen. Released in July 1973. It was... more
- 201311Metallica is the eponymously titled fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica.... more
- 114180Backstreet Boys is the self-titled international debut studio album by American boy band... more
- 107169Ricky Martin is the fifth album by the Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin released on Columbia... more
- 132211Chris Brown is the eponymous debut studio album by American R&B recording artist Chris Brown,... more
- 10817498 Degrees is the self-titled debut album by American male vocal group 98 Degrees. The album... more
- 111179NSYNC is the self-titled debut studio album by American boy band NSYNC. It was first released... more
- 107174New Kids on the Block is the self-titled debut album from American pop boy band New Kids on... more
- 112182Hilary Duff is the self-titled third studio album by American recording artist Hilary Duff. It... more
- 167282Fleetwood Mac is the tenth album by the British-American band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1975.... more