Greatest Debut Albums?
More reasons to argue about music (John, this means you...) Are these the 100 Greatest DEBUT Albums?
Now, is a great debut album one that leads to an even greater career (with better albums)?
What if the first album is the best he/she/they ever release? (One hit wonders exist in music, novels...)
I'm all for Dylan's Freewheelin' and Springsteen's first making the list.
I really liked Steely Dan's Can't Buy A Thrill album when it came out. Still do. But I like other albums of their even better.
Same thing with Fountains of Wayne, U2, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and a lot of others.
The list... Illmatic by Nas versus Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley - really? Is their any doubt?
Ah, but what is your criteria for a great debut? I'm thinking it's just that - your first album was really good. No matter what came after that.
Of course, this is Amazon's take on the 100 Greatest Debut Albums and they're out to sell product.
Amazon also has a forum where folks can complain about their choices - that way the social web gets buzzing, which probably helps sales too.
The forum has people nominating the Doors (which is on the list), Boston, Dire Straits, Chicago Transit Authority and some albums that were not even debut albums which leads to even more arguing.
Here's the list - post a comment here if you don't want to post at Amazon's site.
Argue amongst yourselves.
1. Boy by U2
2. Birth Of The Cool (Rudy Van Geld… by Miles Davis
3. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground
4. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
5. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
6. The Piper At The Gates of Dawn by Pink Floyd
7. Bleach by Nirvana
8. Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan
9. Kill 'Em All by Metallica
10. Funeral by Arcade Fire
11. Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
12. The Smiths by The Smiths
13. Grace by Jeff Buckley
14. My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello
15. Horses by Patti Smith
16. Here Come The Warm Jets by Brian Eno
17. Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley
18. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
19. The Who Sings My Generation by The Who
20. Movement by New Order
21. Slanted & Enchanted by Pavement
22. Catch A Fire by Bob Marley
23. The College Dropout by Kanye West
24. Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. by Bruce Springsteen
25. England's Newest Hitmakers by The Rolling Stones
26. Pablo Honey by Radiohead
27. Murmur by R.E.M.
28. Talking Heads 77 by Talking Heads
29. Coltrane by John Coltrane
30. Ten by Pearl Jam
31. Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim
32. The Doors by The Doors
33. Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix
34. Ready To Die The Remaster by The Notorious B.I.G.
35. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill
36. Van Halen by Van Halen
37. The Chirping Crickets by Buddy Holly
38. The Clash by The Clash
39. Enter The Wu-Tang by Wu-Tang Clan
40. Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
41. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's … by Sex Pistols
42. Madonna by Madonna
43. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
44. Doggystyle by Snoop Doggy Dogg
45. A Pesar De Todo by Vicente Fernandez
46. Peoples' Instinctive Travels by A Tribe Called Quest
47. Illmatic by Nas
48. Marquee Moon by Television
49. Pink Flag by Wire
50. Exile In Guyville by Liz Phair
51. The Modern Lovers by The Modern Lovers
52. Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake
53. Parachutes by Coldplay
54. Entertainment! by Gang Of Four
55. Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
56. Dummy by Portishead
57. Gish by The Smashing Pumpkins
58. Music From Big Pink by The Band
59. The Stooges by The Stooges
60. Pretenders by The Pretenders
61. Santana by Santana
62. Creedence Clearwater Revival by Creedence Clearwater Revival
63. Dreamboat Annie by Heart
64. New York Dolls by The New York Dolls
65. Outlandos D'Amour by Police
66. Tom Petty &The Heartbreakers by Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers
67. Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine
68. Brown Sugar by D'Angelo
69. Funkadelic by Funkadelic
70. RUN-DMC by RUN-DMC
71. Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
72. Give Up by The Postal Service
73. Incognegro by Ludacris
74. Calle 13 by Calle 13
75. Alejandro Fernandez by Alejandro Fernandez
76. Get Rich Or Die Tryin by 50 Cent
77. Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. by Dwight Yoakam
78. Superfuzz Bigmuff by Mudhoney
79. Falta amor by Maná
80. Lee Ann Womack by Lee Ann Womack
81. Takin' Off by Herbie Hancock
82. Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
83. Is This It by The Strokes
84. Weezer by Weezer
85. Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos
86. Violent Femmes: Deluxe Edition by Violent Femmes
87. Blue Lines by Massive Attack
88. The B-52's by The B-52's
89. Monster Movie by Can
90. Confusion Is Sex by Sonic Youth
91. Debut by Bjork
92. Storms Of Life by Randy Travis
93. Viva Hate by Morrissey
94. (Pronounced 'Leh-'Nérd 'Skin-'Nérd) by Lynyrd Skynyrd
95. Oh, Inverted World by The Shins
96. Roxy Music by Roxy Music
97. Homework by Daft Punk
98. Diamond Life by Sade
99. CooleyHighHarmony by Boyz II Men
100. #1 Record/Radio City by Big Star
Why end the arguing here - try out the 100 greatest jazz albums list, or argue with your loved one about the greatest romantic albums.