Greatest Debut Album for a Band

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1 Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction

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.

Had a good percentage of their greatest hits on this CD; Couldn't have asked for a more perfect bunch of musicians or songs.

This is the best rock album ever & gets on Metallica's back catalogue

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2 Metallica - Kill 'Em All 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!

Metallica is so overrated

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3 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 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.

Led zeppelin I is not only one of the greatest debut albums of all time, but one of the greatest albums of all time in general.

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4 Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

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

Number 4? Really? No disrespect to the other 3 before em, but they all sound the same and still do whereas lp ave evolved as a band, stlil going strong and keeping you guessing as to what new kickass stuff are they gonna come up with next! Anyway, here its bout debut albums and I firmly believe no album can match the quality, style and substance of hybrid theory! I mean its literally 15 years ago and pple are still crazy bout tracks like in the end, crawling, one step closer and many more, whereas I can't think of any guns and roses, or led zeplin, well may be Metallica songs that could even come close to the class and different variety in a single album of hybrid theory.. For me hybrid theory wil always be the best debut album of all time!

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5 Pearl Jam - Ten Pearl Jam - Ten

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

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6 The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced ? The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced ?

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

Number 2 only because of Sgt. Pepper

mettalicca? you got to be kiding me. what has music come to nowadays. people are starting to like emo music. this album is the home to hits like purple, hey joe, and FIRE! although electric ladyland is the best hendrix album. - russian

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7 The Doors - The Doors The Doors - The Doors

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.

Fantastic album. One of the greatest of all time.

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8 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

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

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9 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden 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

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10 The Beatles - Please Please Me The Beatles - Please Please Me V 1 Comment

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11 Evanescence - Fallen Evanescence - Fallen

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

12 Oasis - Definitely Maybe Oasis - Definitely Maybe

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

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13 Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine

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

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14 Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 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

The only 2 albums this should be behind on this list are Led Zeppelin I and are you experienced.

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15 Boston - Boston Boston - Boston

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.

Every song on this album is continually played on classic rock radio stations - ciacrossfire121

Great album! - Dade

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16 King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King

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

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17 Are You Experienced - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced - The Jimi Hendrix Experience V 1 Comment
18 Van Halen - Van Halen Van Halen - Van Halen

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.

How is this #23? An absolute disgrace. Linkin Park or Evanescance can't even compare to Van Halen. This is one of the greatest debut albums ever. Should be in at least the top 5.
It's ashame everyone fanboy just votes for Linkin Park no matter what it is now it seems like, tisk tisk.

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19 Queen - Queen Queen - Queen

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). "


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).

This debut is dynamic, heavy and so much more. With songs like "Liar" or "Great King Rat" it just explodes into your ears. In my opinion it's an even better debut than LZ.

20 Show No Mercy - Slayer Show No Mercy - Slayer
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