Top 10 Self-Titled Debut Albums

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It wasn't until we were discussing its release this week that Rocks Off realized we're basically the same age as Led Zeppelin's debut album. Recorded in October 1968 and released the following January, Led Zeppelin is 42 years old.

It suffers from some of the same ailments as all of us who reach that age: It's a little stiff in spots, the lines that were so awesome when you first heard them may sound a little stale - though we'll stand by our assertion that "In the days of my youth/ I was told what it means to be a man" may be one of the best opening lines of all time - and frankly, "Dazed and Confused" got old the 50th time we heard it blaring from a dorm during freshman year midterms.

But in spite of all that, only a crazy person (or Rolling Stone back in '69) would deny the album's greatness. As a first album alone, it ranks among the best of all time, which means it's an easy pick for the greatest self-titled debut albums in rock and roll.

...See, that's what "eponymous" means.

The Stooges (1969)

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It wasn't just the first album for Iggy Pop and the gang, but the birth of punk rock itself. After all, the Stooges were accused of being unable to play their instruments almost a decade before those spotty English blokes.


Van Halen (1977)

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Punk wasn't the only thing that came to rescue us from disco in the late '70s. The same year Star Wars came out, America was also introduced to a leonine, roundhouse-kicking front man and its new guitar god. The first side -- "Running with the Devil," "Eruption," "You Really Got Me," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," and "I'm the One" -- may be one of the most satisfying of all time.


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12 comments
al
al

The Stone Roses' self-titled debut anyone? Or Garbage debut album?

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

Seriously, RATM. It doesn't have to be old to be good.

RamonLP4
RamonLP4

Boston? Really? that alone kills this list. I mean your argument is sales? Well for fuck's sake let's just include Christopher Cross or Air Supply in here while we're at it!

Bongofett
Bongofett

Re-add the awesome Stone Roses and up the ante with New York Dolls.

Sparker7
Sparker7

Chicago Transit Authority. Before my favorite band turned soft, they really were a rock and roll band with horns and one heck of a guitar player in Terry Kath.

m i k e
m i k e

No Black Sabbath, No Pretenders? F@$% this list

Guest
Guest

The Stone Roses and Martika, boot out Boston and the Allmans. OK, I'm kidding about the Stone Roses.

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

KISS

and look at me falling into my Top 10, Best Of, traps.

hedrives
hedrives

C'mon kids... The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, The Doors... you aren't even trying.

tinyvoices
tinyvoices

Boston, but not The Pretenders? You're killing me.

RamonLP4
RamonLP4

OK that was a little harsh but I really abhor Boston.

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