Greatest Debut Albums for a Band

The Top Ten

1 Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction

This and Boston's debut are the best. - Metarock

Yep. Definitely. One of the few bands that produced some of their finest works in their first album. Need evidence? Sweet Child, Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, etc. Not to mention that it's the best selling debut album of all time.

The best selling debut album of all time. Appetite for Destruction has such legendary songs as Paradise City, Sweet Child O' Mine, Welcome to the Jungle, etc... There's really no comparison.

How is Metallica's Kill 'Em All first? This is the best-selling debut album in history! I understand why Led Zeppelin is ahead of this, but seriously? Metallica is good, but not best-debut-album good.

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2 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin 1 completely redefined all of rock and roll forever. Led Zeppelin's hard, power driven sound in their first album anchored them a place on rock and rolls history forever, and laid the foundations for metal. Most times, a band doesn't take off until their 3rd or 4th album, and even if they do well on their first album their musicians haven't reached their peak yet, but all members of led zeppelin hit the ground running on that album and as a result made one of the most influential albums of all times. I think it's also worth mentioning that most bands who do successfully put out a great debut album fall from glory and never put out an album as good. Boston for example, is only known for that first album, but Led zeppelin only got better after their first album. Led Zeppelin 1 is truly legendary and will never be matched.

The only album in the top ten worth voting for. The others are either bad but according to their fans the best ever or aren't that great. At least Zeppelin is on here, even if Linkin Park is number one, which is complete nonsense.

Not a single song on appetite for destruction or kill em all even compares with dazed and confused. This album is widely considered one of the greatest albums ever made. Dazed and confused, communication breakdown, good times bad times, and how many more times. Those are some of the greatest rock songs ever recorded. I'm sorry but this albums blows any other album on this list out of the water.

The album's opening riff, Good Times Bad Times, is one of the greatest things to happen to rock music.

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3 Metallica - Kill 'Em All

First song, Hit The Lights, fast and and awesome solo, then comes The Four Horsemen, nice solo with some awesome riffs, then Motorbreath, another fast one with awesome vocals by Het! Then the anthemic Jump In The Fire with its awesome riff, then Pulling Teeth, the amazing bass solo by Cliff and has memorable bass licks that will be the best bass work ever! Then the headbanging classic Whiplash and awesome solo in Phantom Lord, soon followed by a awesome screaming vocals and guitar solos in No Remorse, then come again another anthemic classic Seek And Destroy and to close the classic album the fast and furious Metal Militia!

I have no album with greater energy levels than this. I wonder how could they write such amazing riffs and solos and songs at such a young age and in the first album. Simply amazing.

Metallica changed metal. It was first all anout hair, looks, songs about sex drugs and more sex. Metallica changed that. The most hardcore album to debut for a band is definitely Kill Em All. No doubt Guns 'N' Roses are awesome but Metallica made heavy music the greatest genre of all time. And this album started it!

Killer album! Seek and Destroy and Phantom Lord are the best!

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4 Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

Great album, and almost sold more than Appetite for Destruction

this was the the out put of great struggle of LP to the chart... they rocks... world know that. most of people denies. who cares. balls to them

The best album ever. Every song is purely awesome. A must listen album for Rock lovers. Linkin Park's the best.

The perfect debut album and only Linkin Park could make it as good as it was and still is. - lukestheman4

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5 The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced ?

Behind linkin park... :(

This is at number 20?! Not even in the top ten?! Too many people here are not experienced!

This album is like a greatest hits album just by itself. I think this should be number 1. - Sabbath

Number 2 only because of Sgt. Pepper

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6 Van Halen - Van Halen

Easily #1

This debut made rock n roll history how is it this low it should be at #1 "runnin'. With the devil" is one of rocks greatest songs period put this album at number one NOW!

this album is pure gold
the birth of one of the greatest bands of all time!
this album took guitar to a whole new level - OzzyVanHalen

This one's gonna be hard to beat because of all the hits and that it turned the music industry in a different direction.

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7 The Doors - The Doors

Best debut. It's perfect - gameofIceandFire

My favorite debut album ever! Jim's voice is perfection. - KillerQueen1774

The debut album of Ray, John, Robbie, and Jim gives such chilling epics as Light My Fire, Twentieth Century Fox, Break on Through (To the Other Side), and Soul Kitchen. However, the track at the end of the album, appropriately titled "The End", has some of The Doors' most poetic lyrics, as well a reference to the Oedipus complex. A must own for music collectors. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

My favorite debut album ever. Will remain cutting edge for generations. Spurned from a concert in the head of one of the greatest of the greats. No downside.

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8 Pearl Jam - Ten

Awesome album..; also rated as the best debut album by rolling stones

By far the best

No it was not but I should be.

9 Boston - Boston

No doubt this is the best album of all time

#1all the way

No other debut album still has every song on it still being played on radio to this day, period. That's why Boston is still #1-- they play more different chords in 4 measures than some bands have in their entire catalog, and they defined for all time what a proper rock ballad sounds like.

All 8 songs on this album are played on the radio still to this day! This album sold 21 million copies worldwide! Such a great album.

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10 The Beatles - Please Please Me

This debut Beatles record demands to be placed higher. Maybe just in the top Ten is enough for how great a debut this is. 14 songs of pure raw blissful music! P.S. I love you.

One of the best debuts ever! It needs to be higher.

This wasn't their debut

The Contenders

11 Oasis - Definitely Maybe

Has to be in the top 10! Lads off the council estate in Manchester produce a flawless album

Should be #1, the NME voted it the greatest album of all time! - Monners55

Should place in the top ten

Way better than the Hybrid Theory or Are You Experienced

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12 Dio - Holy Diver

How is it not number 1? Clearly the best debut album of all time

13 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

How can all of you forget this album? Everything about this album is perfect, the guitars are raw, the bass is loud and the drums are not as good as Nicko but it is still acceptable. Paul Di'anno's voice is almost to Bruce's level - admonlee

Best! Excellent! MasterPiece

14 Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine

Tis rocks along wiv appetite 4 destruction nd hybrid theory - eddie95mufc

The lyrics, man.

15 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

This album gave birth to metal - Sabbath

Album is completely nasty. Kill 'Em All is overrated - UFasten8Me

16 Evanescence - Fallen

Superb debut album for Evanescence with hits like My Immortal, Bring Me To Life and Going Under - MatrixGuy

17 The Cars - The Cars

Top 10 way better than poser rock linkin park

Growing up in the 80's we all had a couple songs from this album in our tape player. A true legacy to this album is that songs are still played at sporting events and functions some 35 years later! A great debut album, a great band... Wake up Rock N Roll Hall of Fame!

18 Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
19 Queen - Queen

Probably not the best (Jesus is a bit of filler in context, and Seven Seas isn't even finished yet), but a personal favorite. Liar is a masterpiece. Queen could rock just as hard as Sabbath, Zep, and Purple, but they had more interesting ideas for their future...

A great debut album by a great band. I'd call it better than LZ's debut, and that's tough to beat!

Yeah, whoever added about going to see Queen, I'm VERY VERY VERY jealous. More than your daughter. Try to believe me. It's 100 percent true. (reply to this comment--) "Who would have thought they would become legends, I was fortunate enough to see them at wembley in 86 on it's a kind of magic tour, and magic it was (daughter is so jealous). "

YOU LUCKY.

Who would have thought they would become legends, I was fortunate enough to see them at wembley in 86 on it's a kind of magic tour, and magic it was (daughter is so jealous).

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20 King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King

It should be number 1 for sure - ChameleonKing

Gun N' Roses number one?! What?! Hahaaahaha! In the Court of the Crimson King is such a better album musically, creatively, influentially, and lyrically. I have no idea why people love Gun N' Roses so much. I used to love them when I was 14, and there was a guy who knew a lot about music who told me they were garbage. I didn't believe him, but now that I'm older, and I appreciate music so much more, I realize he was right. This, however, is true music. The firsr track on this album alone out-rocks anything Gun N' Roses ever did.

In the Court of the Crimson Kiing Aaah, I love this track of the album

21 Slipknot - Slipknot

Their 1st album is amazing! The vocals are raw and their feeling of anger in songs makes them look like they're really angry. They used this anger to make these epic songs on them. From melodic songs such as Wait and Bleed and Me Inside, to songs that creep you out such as Purity and Prosthetics, to straight up songs that make you wanna say "F*** you! " Such as Eyeless, Surfacing, and Eeyore - SirSkeletorThe3rd

22 Adema - Adema
23 Alice in Chains - Facelift

Amazing album, 1 of the best grunge albums ever - RustyNail

24 Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Only 29? Wow, this is horrible! This album is maybe the best ever, and people put it behind Metallica, Linkin Park and AC/DC who are in fact only trying to say: "Look at my overdriven guitar! " That's ridiculous when we know this album is full of poetry, surrealism, bright vocals work, psychedelic fantasy and even space rock sounds. Syd Barrett genius on lyrics and guitars have been forgotten and this is really a shame!

This album has my favorite Pink Floyd song ever. Astronomy Domine and it's the one with Syd Barrett. The versions of that song with Gilmour aren't that good.

Syd Barrett is just genius and anyone could say something else. This album shows it with "Astronomy Domine" "Mathilda Mother" "Lucifer Sam" "INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE! "... This one of the best debut ever

This is the ultimative debut album as an innovation of a new music. By the way full of great lyric, melodies, first space rock songs ever and and...
Here is Syd Barrett's universal genius. A man who could paint music.

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25 Show No Mercy - Slayer

Should be way higher - imabigpotato

26 Dire Straits - Dire Straits
27 Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
28 Weezer - The Blue Album

Amazing album

Never found such a perfect listen in my entire life. This Album is amazing. "Say it Ain't So", "Undone (The Sweater Sonf)", and "Buddy Holly" may be the most recognized songs from this album, but if you want more of that Weezer style rock, check out the rest of this album. You won't regret it, I can guarantee.

so God

29 Are You Experienced - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

This is a duplicate - Dade

30 Rush - Rush

I'm not going to claim that this should be number 1 or even in the top 10. I do believe that it should be higher than some of the other crap that' on the list that's currently above it. It's number 1 on my list, but obviously my opinion isn't everyone else's opinion. - Aweso

While this album certainly isn't Rush's best album, it's fantastic, and deserves a higher rank on this list.

31 The Allman Brothers Band - The Allman Brothers Band
32 System of a Down - System of a Down

I love how they started off their music career with a dark, grungy, heavy sound. And they continue to carry it on with their other albums.

33 Scream Bloody Gore - Death
34 Hunting High and Low - A-Ha
35 Bon Jovi - Bon Jovi

ooh she's a little runaway... - richie4life

36 Weezer - Weezer
37 1st Album - Modern Talking
38 Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine

It's already on here.

39 Ten - Pearl Jam
40 The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones
41 The Hurting - Tears for Fears
42 Disturbed - The Sickness

HOW WAS THIS NOT ON THE LIST! This is one of the best albums ever released, let alone as a debut album. Not as good a Metallica or Led Zeppelin, but it most certainly deserves to be in the top ten. - Potato1029

Should be higher than snoop dogg - imabigpotato

43 Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne

Since when is Ozzy Osbourne a band?

44 Foreigner - Foreigner

Lou gramm is best singer of all time

45 Aerosmith - Aerosmith
46 Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd

Christangrant is right. This album deserves to be higher. Track for track, all of the songs are good. - Gg2000

Why is this so low on the list it has classics like Tuesdays Gone Simple Man and Free Bird - christangrant

47 The Ramones - The Ramones

What? #52? So important in punk rock history! - JoLeKosovo

48 Remission - Mastodon
49 Bleach - Nirvana

I think this album deserves to be higher than it is

The beginning of nirvana. even if nirvana kept going with the angry grunge rock, this is a great album

50 Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Awesome debut and one of the greatest punk rock records ever.

My top:
1. Appetite for Destruction - Guns n' Roses
2. Ten - Pearl Jam
3. Forever Young - Alphaville
4. The Doors - The Doors
5. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedys
6. Van Halen - Van Halen
7. Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne (solo debut)
8. Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix Experience
9. Kill 'em All - Metallica
10. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
11. Alice in Hell - Annihilator
12. High Voltage - AC/DC (international debut)
13. Fallen - Evanescence
14. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
15. Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! - Megadeth

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