Top 5 Debuts
What qualifies as a ‘Top’ debut?
Culturally significant? Genre-defining? A band’s peak? A completely unprecedented sound? A debut that doesn’t sound like a debut because the band is just so polished from the start?
Too many questions, too few satisfactory answers.
Instead, I’ll rank them based on the most quantifiable measure I have: by the amount of times the album re-enters the listening rotation.
Even though I’ve still got 725 prescribed albums to explore over the next several years, these 5 will invariably keep making appearances. Enjoy!
5. The Libertines – Up The Bracket (2002)
A sloppy debut, not as strong as their sophmore self-titled effort. But what a first half!
4. Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine (1992)
Speaking of strong starts, how about the intros to tracks 1-2-3 here? That’s how to make an entrance.
3. Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)
Celebrating Anniversary #20, still sounds remarkably fresh. The title track has found its way into my top 5 songs of all-time.
2. GNR – Appetite For Destruction (1987)
1. Weezer – Weezer (1994)
10 perfect songs. Can’t beat that.