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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.

1
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
2
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
2001
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
5
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1999
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
6
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1997
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
7
98 Degrees is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1997
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
8
Hilary Duff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
2004
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
9
*NSYNC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1997
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.
10
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1985
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
13
Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Queen is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Aaron Carter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
Aaron Charles Carter is an American singer. He came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late 1990s, establishing himself as a star among pre-teen and teenage audiences during the ...more
17
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
Chris Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
2005
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
19
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1999
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
20
New Kids on the Block is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1986
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
21
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Backstreet Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Self-Titled Albums
1996
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
23
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 25 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