Migs Blog: Greatest Debut Records!

February 24, 2017

We got a text from someone regarding a story they came across about the best-selling debut records.  He wanted to know what we considered to be the best debut albums of all time.  I have a few thoughts…but before I get to that…here are the results of the best selling debut records…keep in mind that this list is a couple years old.

1.  Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction – over 18 million copies sold

2.  Boston – Boston – over 17 million copies sold

3.  Hootie & The Blowfish – Cracked Rear View – over 16 million copies sold

4.  Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston – over 15 million copies sold

5.  Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time – over 14 million copies sold

6.  Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys – over 14 million copies sold

7.  Pearl Jam – Ten – over 13 million copies sold

8.  Matchbox 20– Yourself or Someone Like You – over 12 million copies sold

9.  Jewel – Pieces of You – over 12 million copies sold

10. Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory – over 10 million copies sold

Besides Hootie & The Blowfish…I don’t think any of these records deserve to be considered the best debut.  I kid, of course.

It’s impossible to just come up with one record that I can deem the greatest debut of all time, so I decided to list the 5 best debut records of all time…obviously this is VERY subjective, but these are my picks!

Guns N Roses – Appetite For Destruction.   If you made me only pick one record as the greatest debut of all time…I would have no problem debating why G N R deserve to be on the top of the list.  The original 5 members were firing on all cylinders on this effort.  It’s raw, loud, catchy, and just simply unapologetically rocking. Stand out track:  Mr. Brownstone.

Metallica – Kill Em All.  The one / two punch of the first 2 songs alone make this album (Hit The Lights & Four Horsemen).  ‘Tallica sound young and pissed off on this record, and being a young pissed off kid when I first heard this…that moment that I put the needle on the record, I knew I found the soundtrack to my early teen years. Stand out track:  Seek & Destroy

Weezer – the Blue Album.  This album is a pop rock masterpiece.  Every song is catchy as all hell, and to this day I will never get sick of hearing any of these songs.  As a young metal head…I loved how these guys worked some “metal-sensibility” into the song writing (some of those twin guitar solos).  It's like as if they all loved playing metal riffs, but they put them through a Beach Boys filter.  Standout track:  Only In Dreams.

Rage Against The Machine.  This album is a MONSTER from beginning to end.  The opening notes of the first song, Bombtrack, set the tone that we are about to enter a new world of music.   It’ll make your head bounce…it’ll make you head bang…and it’ll make you THINK.  Socially conscious lyrics…with a super tight rhythm section locking in a groove…all while guitarist Tom Morello goes ape-s*** on the guitar.  Stand out track:  Bombtrack

Pearl Jam – Ten.  I think I speak for many when I say this album helped me through some tough times…thanks to Eddie Vedder’s lyrics and the bands powerful music.  I’ll never forget getting the cassette and just listening to this record on repeat for several hours every day.  Plus...I love how this record is sequenced…the order of the songs was chosen perfectly.  Stand out track:  Garden.