To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles debut album, Rolling Stone Magazine compiled their list of the top 100 debut albums of all-time. Their criteria was game changing albums that wowed you the first time you heard them. I was shocked at how low some of my favorites scored on the list and shocked that Patti Smith, The Strokes, and The Band all landed in the top 10 overall? Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Pearl Jam 10, and Led Zeppelin all missed the top 10. Here are my other biggest snubs:
#96 Madonna (1983) 80’s Pop music at it best. Totally captured the vibe of the New York City clubs in the 80’s. Freestyle DJ’s had a field day sampling tracks like Everybody, Borderline, Holiday, Burning Up, and Physical Attraction.
#85 Rage Against The Machine (1992) Who can forget dropping the needle on this album and being blown away by Morello’s sonic guitar solos, the political messages intertwined between hardcore hip hop beats and punk attitude. Game changing album!
#27 Van Halen (1978) This would have been #1 on my list. As great as Van Halen’s career has been, they never topped their debut. Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love, Eruption, Runnin’ With The Devil, You Really Got Me, Jamie’s Cryin……..Think about how many guitarists were influenced by this landmark album.
#16 The Cars (1978) Guitarist Elliot Easton joked this debut album should have been called The Cars Greatest Hits. Only nine tracks long but EVERY song is a rock radio favorite. They were classified as New Wave but the pop and rock flourishes set this apart from their peers.
ROLLING STONES LIST:
10. “HORSES” PATTI SMITH 1975
9. “MUSIC FROM THE BIG PINK” THE BAND 1968
8. “IS THIS IT” THE STROKES 2001
7. “NEVER MIND THE BULLOCKS” SEX PISTOLS 1977
6. “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON” N.W.A. 1988
5. “THE VELVET UNDERGROUND” 1967
4. “APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION” GUNS N ROSES 1987
3. “ARE YOU EXPERIENCED” JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE 1967
2. “THE RAMONES” 1977
1. “LICENSED TO ILL” BEASTIE BOYS 1986