Rolling Stone Magazine - The 100 Best Debut Albums Of All Time

It was 50 years ago that the Beatles‘ released their first album, Please Please Me. In honor of that world-changing LP, we’ve compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time. A note on how we made the list: Albums got docked points if the artist went on to far greater achievements (which is why Please, Please Me and Greetings from Asbury Park, great as they are, didn’t made the Top 10); conversely, we gave a little extra recognition to great debut albums that the artist never matched (hello, Is This It and Illmatic!). We also skipped solo debuts by artists who were already in well-known bands, which is why you won’t see John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band or Paul Simon. We focused, instead, on debuts that gave you the thrill of an act arriving fully-formed, ready to reinvent the world in its own image.
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Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill

Ramones Ramones

The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced

Guns N' Roses Appetite For Destruction

The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) The Velvet Underground & Nico

N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton

Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols

The Strokes Is This It

The Band Music From Big Pink

Patti Smith Horses

Nas Illmatic

The Clash The Clash

Pretenders* Pretenders

Jay Z Reasonable Doubt

Arcade Fire Funeral

The Cars The Cars

The Beatles Please Please Me

R.E.M. Murmur

Kanye West The College Dropout

Joy Division Unknown Pleasures

Elvis Costello My Aim Is True

Violent Femmes Violent Femmes

The Notorious B.I.G.* Ready To Die

Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend

Pavement Slanted And Enchanted

Run D.M.C.* Run D.M.C.

Van Halen Van Halen

The B 52's The B 52's

Wu Tang Clan Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)

Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

Portishead Dummy

De La Soul 3 Feet High And Rising

The Killers Hot Fuss

The Doors The Doors

Weezer Weezer

The Postal Service Give Up

Bruce Springsteen Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.

The Police Outlandos D'Amour

Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced 'Lĕh 'nérd 'Skin 'nérd)

Television Marquee Moon

Boston Boston

Oasis (2) Definitely Maybe

Jeff Buckley Grace

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

The Jesus And Mary Chain Psychocandy

Pearl Jam Ten

Pink Floyd The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers

Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand

X (5) Los Angeles

The Smiths The Smiths

U2 Boy

New York Dolls New York Dolls

Metallica Kill 'Em All

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott* Supa Dupa Fly

Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago

MGMT Oracular Spectacular

Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To Tell

Fiona Apple Tidal

The Libertines Up The Bracket

Roxy Music Roxy Music

Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual

The Beat (2) I Just Can't Stop It

Liz Phair Exile In Guyville

The Stooges The Stooges

50 Cent Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77

Wire Pink Flag

P J Harvey* Dry

Mary J. Blige What's The 411?

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

Norah Jones Come Away With Me


Go Go's Beauty And The Beat

Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

Drake Thank Me Later

The Stone Roses The Stone Roses

Elvis Presley Elvis Presley

The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man

Gang Of Four Entertainment!

The Congos Heart Of The Congos

Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full

Whitney Houston Whitney Houston

Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine

Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city

The New Pornographers Mass Romantic

Daft Punk Homework

Yazoo Upstairs At Eric's

Big Star #1 Record

M.I.A. (2) Arular

Moby Grape Moby Grape

The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me

The Who My Generation

Little Richard Here's Little Richard

Madonna Madonna

DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....

Joe Jackson Look Sharp!

The Flying Burrito Bros The Gilded Palace Of Sin

Lady Gaga The Fame