Wednesday Question: Best Debut Albums?

What are the best debut albums of all time? Post your nominations here for a chance to appear in our top 10 this week.

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No matter how big a band becomes, they all have to start somewhere. And often, it's their debut album that captures the hearts and minds of a generation of fans and lives on as their most genuine effort.

Sometimes the debut is more than just a fan favourite, and becomes an all time classic in its own right. Either way, the debut album is a special moment in any band's career - the sum of their whole life's experience, in fact.

This week's Wednesday question is:

What are the best debut albums ever?

We prefer if you pick full-length albums, but EPs are welcome if they're considered a landmark debut release. Don't post early demos - this is about hearing the first serious studio effort from your favorite bands of all time.

Post one couple nomination per comment, and up vote others you agree with. Look out for the final top 10 to see if your nomination makes it to the final post. Good luck!

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    Aryan Death Man
    Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
    Shame it took so long to see Jimi listed. Are you Experienced is one of the best rock records start to finish. Oh and here's a wild card. Soundgarden's UltramegaOK.
    Pearl Jam - Ten
    Way Cool JR.
    I really loved this album when it first came out but I can't stand it now. But for Pearl Jam it was their best album and I can see why people like it.
    This easily is number 1 because they still can't even come close to making anything like it. Anything now is just false hope when comparing it to Ten.
    Led Zeppelin
    Although I'm not crazy about the band as a whole, Appetite For Destruction always stood out as an amazing debut album to me.
    Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    Thank God you posted this. As I was scrolling down I didn't see it and started to panic.
    Yes!!! That opening riff for Black Sabbath (the song) is still one of the heaviest riffs
    Not surprised to see this leading since this is overall more of a metal website. It's still a great album, but I don't think it should win. Maybe bottom half of the top 10.
    Aryan Death Man
    The Doors - The Doors (1967)
    Pink Floyd - "Piper at the gates of dawn" (also 1967)
    "00 Lucifer Sam - 4:12 Matilda Mother - 7:17 Flaming - 10:27 Pow. R Toc. H - 13:12 Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk - 17:38 Interstellar Overdrive - 20:43 The Gnome - 30:24 Chapter 24 - 32:39 The Scarecrow - 36:24 Bike - 38:36" (that was a comment by somebody on youtube^)
    If were gonna talk about late 60's debuts, King crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King, it basically invented Prog.
    Why has it taken so long for this to get mentioned!?! Every single song is great and could be on their greatest hits!
    Alice in Chains - Facelift
    This x1000. Every song on that record bleeds excellence
    Man in a box is the main reason I finally purchased a Wah. Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley (rest in piece) are gods, and this album showcased that beautifully.
    Appetite for Destruction
    appetite was officialy the best debut album of all time ( maybe adele has that record now I'm not really sure, but adle is commercial junk anyway) so it def should win