Episode 216: Best Debut Album Openers




November 9, 2017


  • Led Zeppelin “Good Times Bad Times” Led Zeppelin (Atlantic Records) 1969
  • The Doors “Break On Through (to the Other Side)” The Doors (Elektra Records) 1967
  • U2 “I Will Follow” Boy (Island Records) 1980
  • Boston “More Than a Feeling” Boston (Epic/Sony Records) 1976
  • The Flaming Lips “With You” Here It Is (Pink Dust) 1986
  • R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” Murmur (I.R.S. Records) 1983
  • Ramones “Blitzkreig Bop” Ramones (Sire Records) 1976
  • Rage Against the Machine “Bombtrack” Rage Against the Machine (Atlantic Records) 1991
  • Van Halen “Runnin’ With The Devil” Van Halen (Warner Bros. Records) 1978
  • The Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored” The Stone Roses (Silvertone) 1989
  • Wu-Tang Clan “Bring Da Ruckus” Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (Loud Records) 1993
  • Violent Femmes “Blister In The Sun” Violent Femmes (Slash Records) 1983
  • Joan Jett “Bad Reputation” Bad Reputation (Blackheart Records) 1981
  • Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” Appetite for Destruction (Geffen) 1987
  • Big Country “In A Big Country” The Crossing (Mercury) 1983
  • Bruce Springsteen “Blinded By The Light” Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (Columbia Records) 1973
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Purple Haze” Are You Experienced (Track) 1967
  • The La’s “Son Of A Gun” The La’s (Polydor, Go!, London) 1990


The first track on a debut album can make it for break it for the artist and the listener. In today’s episode, Jim and Patrick discuss some of the best debut albums where the first track was (and still is) an absolute smash.

FUN FACT: Rolling Stone Magazine lists the Beastie Boys’ album Licensed to Ill as the #1 best debut album of all time in their “100 Best Debut Albums of All Time” list.

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