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The Best Self-Titled Albums

Updated November 9, 2018 36.0k votes 1.1k voters 9.7k 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
    Aaliyah
    335
    233

    ArtistAaliyah

    TracksU Got Nerve, I Refuse, What If

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

    Aaliyah is the third and final studio album by American R&B recording artist Aaliyah, released... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    The Beatles
    361
    404

    ArtistThe Beatles

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

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

    The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Whitney Houston
    185
    203

    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

    Whitney Houston is the eponymous debut album of American R&B and pop singer Whitney Houston,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Christina Aguilera

    ArtistChristina Aguilera

    TracksBlessed, So Emotional, Genie in a Bottle

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

    Christina Aguilera is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer Christina... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Led Zeppelin
    304
    375

    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

    Led Zeppelin is the debut studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was recorded... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    The Doors
    281
    359

    ArtistThe Doors

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

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

    The Doors is the debut album by American rock band the Doors, recorded in August 1966 and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Cher
    129
    169

    Cher

    1987

    ArtistCher

    TracksWe All Sleep Alone, Working Girl, Dangerous Times

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

    Cher is the 18th studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on November 10, 1987... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Madonna
    137
    185

    ArtistMadonna

    TracksHoliday, Borderline, Physical Attraction (extended version)

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

    Madonna is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer Madonna, released on July 27,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Mariah Carey
    135
    185

    ArtistMariah Carey

    TracksYou Need Me, Sent From Up Above, Vanishing

    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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Van Halen
    240
    335

    ArtistVan Halen

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

    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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Sheryl Crow
    85
    118

    ArtistSheryl Crow

    TracksThe Book, Love Is a Good Thing, Redemption Day

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Savage Garden
    102
    143

    ArtistSavage Garden

    TracksTruly Madly Deeply, A Thousand Words, Mine

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Boston
    234
    340

    Boston

    1976

    ArtistBoston

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

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    *NSYNC
    116
    169

    *NSYNC

    1997

    Artist'N Sync

    TracksRiddle, For the Girl Who Has Everything, I Need Love

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

    NSYNC is the self-titled debut studio album by American boy band NSYNC. It was first released... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Ricky Martin
    109
    158

    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

    Ricky Martin is the fifth album by the Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin released on Columbia... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    The Cars
    218
    319

    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

    The Cars is the eponymous debut studio album by the American new wave rock band the Cars. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Black Sabbath
    208
    306

    ArtistBlack Sabbath

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

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

    Black Sabbath is the eponymous debut studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath. Released... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Backstreet Boys
    119
    174

    ArtistBackstreet Boys

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Hilary Duff
    119
    175

    ArtistHilary Duff

    TracksFly, The Getaway, Hide Away

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Pop rock

    Hilary Duff is the self-titled third studio album by American recording artist Hilary Duff. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    98 Degrees
    116
    172

    Artist98 Degrees

    TracksI 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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    New Kids on the Block

    ArtistNew Kids on the Block

    TracksAre You Down?, New Kids on the Block, Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)

    Genres (Music)Pop music

    New Kids on the Block is the self-titled debut album from American pop boy band New Kids on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Chris Brown
    133
    204

    ArtistChris Brown

    TracksWhat's My Name, Yo (Excuse Me Miss), Thank You

    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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Aaron Carter
    Aaron Charles Carter (born December 7, 1987) is an American singer. He first came to fame as a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Queen
    204
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    Queen

    1973

    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

    Queen is the eponymous debut album by British rock band Queen. Released in July 1973. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Metallica
    198
    331

    ArtistMetallica

    TracksOf 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.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button