100 Greatest Rock Debut Albums

  1. Are You Experienced? (1967) – (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
2. Led Zeppelin (1969) – (Led Zeppelin)
3. The Doors (1967) – (Doors)
4. Ten (1991) – (Pearl Jam)
5. Appetite For Destruction (1987) – (Guns N’ Roses)
6. My Aim Is True (1977) – (Elvis Costello)
7. Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) – (Byrds)
8. The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) – (Velvet Underground)
9. Van Halen (1978) – (Van Halen)
10. Run-D.M.C. (1984) – (Run-D.M.C.)
11. Boston (1976) – (Boston)
12. Black Sabbath (1970) – (Black Sabbath)
13. Music From Big Pink (1968) – (The Band)
14. Please Please Me (1963) – (The Beatles)
15. Ramones (1976) – (Ramones)
16. Kick Out The Jams (1969) – (MC5)
17. Fresh Cream (1966) – (Cream)
18. Elvis Presley (1956) – (Elvis Presley)
19. Chicago Transit Authority (1969) – (Chicago)
20. Kill ‘Em All (1983) – (Metallica)
21. In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969) – (King Crimson)
22. Mr. Fantasy (1967) – (Traffic)
23. Buffalo Springfield (1966) – (Buffalo Springfield)
24. Vincebus Eruptum (1968) – (Blue Cheer)
25. Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols (1977) – (Sex Pistols)
26. Dire Straits (1978) – (Dire Straits)
27. The Stooges (1969) – (Stooges)
28. The Pretenders (1980) – (Pretenders)
29. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967) – (Pink Floyd)
30. Santana (1969) – (Santana)
31. The Cars (1978) – (Cars)
32. Freak Out (1966) – (Mothers Of Invention)
33. Aerosmith (1973) – (Aerosmith)
34. Can’t Buy A Thrill (1972) – (Steely Dan)
35. The Who Sings My Generation (1965) – (The Who)
36. Rolling Stones (1964) – (Rolling Stones)
37. Boy (1980) – (U2)
38. The B-52s (1979) – (B-52s)
39. Bluejean Bop (1956) – (Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps)
40. The Chirping Crickets (1957) – (Buddy Holly & the Crickets)
41. The Clash (1977) – (Clash)
42. Licensed To Ill (1986) – (Beastie Boys)
43. Texas Flood (1983) – (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble)
44. Psychocandy (1985) – (The Jesus & Mary Chain)
45. If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1966) – (Mamas & Papas)
46. Look Sharp! (1979) – (Joe Jackson)
47. Horses (1975) – (Patti Smith Group)
48. Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) – (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
49. The Monkees (1966) – (Monkees)
50. Dreamboat Annie (1976) – (Heart)
51. Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970) – (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
52. Beauty And The Beat (1981) – (Go-Go’s)
53. New York Dolls (1973) – (New York Dolls)
54. Outlandos d’Amour (1978) – (Police)
55. Peter, Paul and Mary (1962) – (Peter, Paul & Mary)
56. The Smiths (1984) – (Smiths)
57. Truth (1968) – (Jeff Beck Group)
58. Eagles (1972) – (Eagles)
59. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1976) – (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
60. Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973) – (Bruce Springsteen)
61. Steppenwolf (1968) – (Steppenwolf)
62. Procol Harum (1967) – (Procol Harum)
63. Rage Against The Machine (1992) – (Rage Against The Machine)
64. Foreigner (1977) – (Foreigner)
65. Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (1969) – (Jackson 5)
66. Radio (1985) – (LL Cool J)
67. The Animals (1964) – (Animals)
68. Queen (1973) – (Queen)
69. Green Onions (1962) – (Booker T. & The MG’s)
70. The Stone Roses (1989) – (The Stone Roses)
71. Marquee Moon (1977) – (Television)
72. Closing Time (1973) – (Tom Waits)
73. KISS (1974) – (KISS)
74. Yo! Bum Rush The Show (1987) – (Public Enemy)
75. The Meters (1969) – (Meters)
76. Iron Maiden (1980) – (Iron Maiden)
77. Big Brother & The Holding Company (1967) – (Big Brother & the Holding Company)
78. Funkadelic (1970) – (Funkadelic)
79. Tubular Bells (1973) – (Mike Oldfield)
80. In The Heat Of The Night (1979) – (Pat Benatar)
81. Get The Knack (1979) – (The Knack)
82. Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (1973) – (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
83. 3 Feet High And Rising (1989) – (De La Soul)
84. Pretty Hate Machine (1989) – (Nine Inch Nails)
85. The Modern Lovers (1977) – (Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers)
86. Love (1966) – (Love)
87. Vanilla Fudge (1967) – (Vanilla Fudge)
88. # 1 Record (1972) – (Big Star)
89. Shake Your Money Maker (1990) – (Black Crowes)
90. Roxy Music (1972) – (Roxy Music)
91. Talking Heads: 77 (1977) – (Talking Heads)
92. The Young Rascals (1966) – (Young Rascals)
93. With A Little Help From My Friends (1969) – (Joe Cocker)
94. Entertainment (1979) – (Gang Of Four)
95. Child Is Father to the Man (1968) – (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
96. Unknown Pleasures (1979) – (Joy Division)
97. Definitely Maybe (1994) – (Oasis)
98. Get It While You Can (1966) – (Howard Tate)
99. George Thorogood & The Destroyers (1977) – (George Thorogood & The Destroyers)
100. Stray Cats (1981) – (Stray Cats)

Criteria: – These debut albums were chosen and ranked based upon their initial and lasting popularity
and their impact and influence on rock ‘n’ roll and its related genres. Also considered is whether or not
any songs on the album were previously available for some time as singles before the album was released.

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