Companies 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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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Boston is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 9 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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ABBA: Deluxe Edition is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Heart is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition) is listed (or ranked) 19 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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INXS is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Cheap Trick '97 is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 25 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