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The Best Self-Titled Albums 

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Updated November 9, 2018 25.3k votes 980 voters 8.2k 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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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Aaliyah (2001); Tracks: U Got Nerve, I Refuse & What If

Producer: Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Bud'da, Barry Hankerson

Length (mins): 01:01:17

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

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
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The White Album is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By The Beatles (1968); Tracks: Piggies, Back in the U.S.S.R. & Rocky Raccoon

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

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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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Led Zeppelin (1969); Tracks: Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me & How Many More Times

Label: Atlantic Records

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 ...more
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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Christina Aguilera (1999); Tracks: Blessed, So Emotional & Genie in a Bottle

Producer: Ron Fair, Matthew Wilder, Guy Roche

Length (mins): 00:46:31

Label: RCA Records

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

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 ...more
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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By The Doors (1967); Tracks: The End, Take It As It Comes & The Crystal Ship

Producer: Paul A. Rothchild

Length (mins): 00:44:30

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

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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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Whitney Houston (1985); Tracks: Someone for Me, You Give Good Love & Thinking About You

Producer: Narada Michael Walden, Michael Masser

Length (mins): 00:47:09

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

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 ...more
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Cher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Cher (1987); Tracks: We All Sleep Alone, Working Girl & Dangerous Times

Producer: Peter Asher, Desmond Child

Length (mins): 00:39:18

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

Cher is the 18th studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on November 10, 1987 by Geffen Records.
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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Van Halen (1978); Tracks: Jamie's Cryin', Atomic Punk & Runnin' With the Devil

Producer: Ted Templeman

Length (mins): 00:35:35

Label: Warner Bros. Records

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 ...more
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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Sheryl Crow (1996); Tracks: The Book, Love Is a Good Thing & Redemption Day

Producer: Sheryl Crow, Rick Rubin

Length (mins): 01:04:14

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
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Hilary Duff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Hilary Duff (2004); Tracks: Fly, The Getaway & Hide Away

Producer: Matthew Gerrard, Desmond Child, Charlie Midnight, Chico Bennett

Length (mins): 00:59:03

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Pop rock, + more

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 ...more
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The First Album is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Madonna (1983); Tracks: Holiday, Borderline & Physical Attraction (extended version)

Producer: Reggie Lucas

Length (mins): 00:41:15

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Dance music, Disco, + more

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 ...more
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Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Savage Garden (1997); Tracks: Truly Madly Deeply, A Thousand Words & Mine

Length (mins): 00:49:48

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 ...more
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98 Degrees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By 98 Degrees (1997); Tracks: I 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
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Backstreet Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums

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
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Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Ricky Martin (1999); Tracks: I'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, + more

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 ...more
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*NSYNC is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By 'N Sync (1997); Tracks: Riddle, For the Girl Who Has Everything & I Need Love

Length (mins): 00:56:27

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

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.
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Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Boston (1976); Tracks: Rock & Roll Band, Something About You & More Than a Feeling

Producer: John Boylan, Tom Scholz

Length (mins): 00:37:42

Label: Epic Records

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 ...more
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New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By New Kids on the Block (1986); Tracks: Are You Down?, New Kids on the Block & Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)

Length (mins): 00:42:52

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
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Aaron Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
Aaron Charles Carter (born December 7, 1987) is an American singer. He first came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late 1990s, establishing himself as a star among pre-teen and teenage ...more
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Black Sabbath (1970); Tracks: Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me & N.I.B.

Length (mins): 00:38:16

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 ...more
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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By The Cars (1978); Tracks: Good Times Roll, You're All I've Got Tonight & Moving in Stereo

Producer: Roy Thomas Baker, David McLees

Length (mins): 00:35:13

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
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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Mariah Carey (1990); Tracks: You Need Me, Sent From Up Above & Vanishing

Producer: Walter Afanasieff, Narada Michael Walden, Ric Wake, Rhett Lawrence, Ben Margulies

Length (mins): 00:46:44

Label: Columbia

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 ...more
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Chris Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Chris Brown (2005); Tracks: What's My Name, Yo (Excuse Me Miss) & Thank You

Producer: Jermaine Dupri, Scott Storch

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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Queen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Queen (1973); Tracks: Seven Seas of Rhye…, Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll & Doing All Right

Label: EMI

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

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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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
By Metallica (1991); Tracks: Of 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 ...more