Musicians The Best Self-Titled Albums  

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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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The White Album is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1968 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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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1967 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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Boston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1976 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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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1978 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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Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1973 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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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1978 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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ABBA: Deluxe Edition is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1975 ABBA is the eponymously titled third studio album by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It was originally released on 21 April 1975 through Polar Music and featured the hits "Mamma Mia" and

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1969 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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Heart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1985 Heart is the self-titled eighth studio album, released by the American rock band Heart. Released in 1985, the album continued the band's transition into mainstream rock, a genre that yielded the ...more

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1975 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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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1991 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

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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1977 Foreigner is the self-titled debut studio album by British-American rock band Foreigner, released in 1977. It spun off a barrage of hit singles, including "Feels Like the First Time", ...more

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1974 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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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1974 Kiss is the debut album by American rock band Kiss, released on February 18, 1974. Much of the material on the album was written by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, as members of their pre-Kiss ...more

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1970 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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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1977 Cheap Trick is the first studio album released in 1977 by the American rock band Cheap Trick. It was their debut album for Epic Records, produced by Jack Douglas.

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1976 Blondie is the eponymous debut album by American rock band Blondie, released in December 1976 on Private Stock Records.

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Cheap Trick '97 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1997 Cheap Trick, commonly referred to as Cheap Trick '97, is the second eponymous album by the American rock band Cheap Trick, produced by the band and Ian Taylor and released on Red Ant Records and ...more

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1972 Eagles is the debut studio album by the rock band of the same name, released in 1972. The album was recorded at London's Olympic Studios with producer Glyn Johns. The album was an immediate ...more

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1968 Creedence Clearwater Revival is the debut studio album by the American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released in 1968. The reissue liner notes state that while "Susie Q" ...more

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1966 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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Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1956 Elvis Presley is the debut studio album by Elvis Presley. It was released on RCA Victor, in mono, catalogue number LPM 1254, in March 1956. The recording sessions took place on January 10 and ...more

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Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1979 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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The B-52’s is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1979 Play Loud is a 1979 album by The B-52's.

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1987 Cher is the 18th studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on November 10, 1987 by Geffen Records.

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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1974 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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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1980 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

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Foghat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1972 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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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1968 Fleetwood Mac, sometimes known as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, is the debut album by the band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1968. The album is a mixture of blues covers and originals penned by ...more

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1983 "Weird Al" Yankovic is the eponymous debut album by American parodist Alfred "Weird Al" Yankovic. The album was the first of many produced by former The McCoys guitarist Rick ...more

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1962 Bob Dylan is the eponymous debut album of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on March 19, 1962 by Columbia Records. Produced by Columbia's legendary talent scout John H. Hammond, who ...more

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The First Album is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1983 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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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1972 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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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1976 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the eponymous debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976 by Shelter Records. Initially following its release, the album received ...more

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1968 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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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1990 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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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1978 Peter Gabriel is the second solo album by the British singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, released in 1978. The album is the second of four with the same eponymous title. Guitarist Robert Fripp ...more

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R.E.O. Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1971 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 ...more

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1982 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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Nancy Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
2004 Nancy Sinatra is an album by Nancy Sinatra, released in 2004 on Attack Records.

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1975 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 ...more

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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1972 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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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1970 Elton John is the second album by English singer-songwriter Elton John, released in 1970. However, because it was his first album released in America, many people there assumed it was his first ...more

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INXS is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1980 INXS is Australian rock band INXS's first album. It was released on Deluxe Records in Australia on 13 October 1980. The band recorded the album in midnight to dawn sessions during 1979 to 1980 ...more

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Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1989 Skid Row is the eponymous debut album by American heavy metal band Skid Row, released on January 24, 1989. The album charted at #6 on The Billboard 200 and is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA. ...more

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No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1992 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 ...more

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Foghat (Rock 'n' Roll) is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1973 Foghat is the second album, as well as the second self-titled album by the band Foghat. It was released in March 1973, and is generally known by fans as Rock and Roll, because of its cover ...more

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Bachman-Turner Overdrive [1984... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1984 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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Bachman-Turner Overdrive II is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1973 Bachman–Turner Overdrive II is the second album by Canadian rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive, released in 1973. The album features the well-known single "Takin' Care of Business." ...more

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Ratt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1999 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