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The Best Self-Titled Albums

Updated November 9, 2018 39.6k votes 1.4k voters 13.2k views212 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    375
    355

    ArtistAaliyah

    TracksU Got Nerve, I Refuse, What If

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

  • 2
    433
    455

    ArtistThe Beatles

    TracksPiggies, Back in the U.S.S.R., Rocky Raccoon

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

    The Most Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About The Beatles' ‘White Album’#11 of 112 Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection#2 of 239 The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

  • 3
    254
    259

    ArtistWhitney Houston

    TracksSomeone for Me, You Give Good Love, Thinking About You

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

  • 4
    343
    376

    ArtistThe Doors

    TracksThe End, Take It As It Comes, The Crystal Ship

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

    #45 of 339 The Greatest Album Covers of All Time#9 of 50 The 50 Greatest Albums Released Between 1960 - 1969#1 of 13 The Best Doors Albums of All Time

  • 5
    361
    409

    ArtistLed Zeppelin

    TracksBabe I’m Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Heavy metal, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Folk rock

    #208 of 2,810 The Greatest Albums of All-Time#2 of 564 The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time#1 of 257 The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

  • 6
    266
    336

    ArtistThe Cars

    TracksGood Times Roll, You're All I've Got Tonight, Moving in Stereo

    Genres (Music)Rock music, New Wave, Hard rock, Power pop

  • 7
    177
    221

    ArtistMadonna

    TracksHoliday, Borderline, Physical Attraction (extended version)

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Dance music, Disco

  • 8

    Boston

    1976
    273
    354

    ArtistBoston

    TracksRock & Roll Band, Something About You, More Than a Feeling

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Rock music, Hard rock, Pop rock, Classic rock

  • 9
    274
    358

    ArtistVan Halen

    TracksJamie's Cryin', Atomic Punk, Runnin' With the Devil

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Hard rock, Glam metal

  • 10
    180
    236

    ArtistMariah Carey

    TracksYou Need Me, Sent From Up Above, Vanishing

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

  • 11
    242
    333

    ArtistMetallica

    TracksOf Wolf and Man, Nothing Else Matters, The Unforgiven

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Hard rock

  • 12
    234
    324

    ArtistBlack Sabbath

    TracksEvil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me, N.I.B.

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Blues-rock, Hard rock

  • 13

    Queen

    1973
    238
    336

    ArtistQueen

    TracksSeven Seas of Rhye…, Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll, Doing All Right

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

  • 14

    ArtistChristina Aguilera

    TracksBlessed, So Emotional, Genie in a Bottle

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

  • 15
    204
    291

    ArtistFleetwood Mac

    TracksWorld Turning, I'm So Afraid, Rhiannon

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 16

    ArtistThe Allman Brothers Band

    TracksWhipping Post, Every Hungry Woman, Dreams

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Southern rock

  • 17

    ArtistCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    TracksLong Time Gone, Wooden Ships, Pre-Road Downs

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Folk rock

  • 18
    93
    148

    ArtistSheryl Crow

    TracksThe Book, Love Is a Good Thing, Redemption Day

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Country, Pop music, Folk rock, Country rock

  • 19

    Cher

    1987
    130
    210

    ArtistCher

    TracksWe All Sleep Alone, Working Girl, Dangerous Times

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

  • 20

    ArtistHall & Oates

    TracksGino (The Manager), Sara Smile, Grounds for Separation

    Genres (Music)Pop music

  • 21

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    TracksI Do Love You, Maybe I Don't Know, I'm So Lonely

    Genres (Music)Rock music, New Wave, Pop rock

  • 22
    82
    149

    ArtistThe Pretenders

    TracksMystery Achievement, Tattooed Love Boys, Stop Your Sobbing

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Rock music, New Wave, Punk rock

  • 23
    103
    193

    ArtistSavage Garden

    TracksTruly Madly Deeply, A Thousand Words, Mine

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Pop rock, Contemporary R&B

  • 24
    115
    216

    ArtistRicky Martin

    TracksI'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

  • 25
    48
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    ArtistDire Straits

    TracksSix Blade Knife, Southbound Again, Sultans of Swing

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Rock music, Rockabilly, Roots rock, Country rock