These 20 Artists' Debut Albums Remain Some Of Their Best Work To Date

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There are some artists that are only known for a year, while others last within the music industry for years.

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For some music artists, their debut album outlives their actual music career, while for others, it outshines their later works. Below are the 19 music artists that possess a wonderful music catalog, and a killer debut album that still holds weight for being astounding premiere releases.

1.Adele — 19


Adele's debut album 19 was her grand introduction to the world, and set the tone for her future award-winning works like 21, and 25. As an entrance record, Adele's 19 was ultimately perfection, from the production to the lyricism. Definitely exemplary.

Columbia Records

2.Erykah Badu — Baduizm

Erykah Badu

3.India.Arie — Acoustic Soul


India.Arie's first album was golden, and the Afro-centrism of her Acoustic Soul was powerful. This is some of India's best work to date.

Motown Records

4.Norah Jones — Come Away with Me

Norah Jones

Norah Jones's Come Away with Me was a melodic masterpiece. The jazzy easy-listening singer's debut album was constructed flawlessly, and was completely, sonically mesmerizing.

Blue Note Records

5.Jill Scott — Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds Vol. 1

Jill Scott

Who Is Jill Scott: Words and Sounds Vol. 1 was so superb, truly a work of art. The poeticism and creativity that was infused into that album is partially why Scott is so revered as a music artist, among other reasons.

Hidden Beach Records

6.Lady Gaga — The Fame

Lady Gaga

This pop album epitomized the dance electro-pop sound that overtook the 2010s. There were a plethora a hits on Lady Gaga's first album, paving the way for current pop stars like Dua Lipa. Everything about Lady Gaga's first album represents excellence.

Streamline Records

7.Lauryn Hill — The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill's solo album is completely sublime, and contains a level of profoundness that hasn't been duplicated in an album since.

Ruffhouse Records

8.Toni Braxton — Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton's debut album was literally perfect and helped revitalize R&B music when it was released. From the vocals to the music production to the heartfelt lyricism that was crafted by none other than thee Babyface, Toni Braxton is arguably Toni's best work.

LaFace Records

9.Paramore — All We Know Is Falling


10.Linkin Park — Hybrid Theory

Linkin' Park

Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park is everything and more. Chester Bennington's raw vocals merged with Mike Shinoda's dope hip-hop lyrics fully transformed music, specifically the hip-hop/rock category. Linkin Park's first album was angsty, spirited, and authentic.

Warn Bros. Records

11.Fergie — The Dutchess

The Dutchess

12.Dido — No Angel


13.Chris Brown — Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Musically, Chris Brown is exceptional. His debut self-titled album was full of R&B bops that proved why Chris Brown was destined for success in the music industry.

Jive Records

14.Beyoncé — Dangerously in Love


Beyoncé's first solo album Dangerously in Love was supreme. The vocal range, the musical versatility, the songwriting! Queen Bey's Dangerously in Love kickstarted her reign as the supreme music artist and a beloved majesty of her lane.

Columbia Records

15.SZA — Ctrl


16.Ciara — Goodies


Ciara's Goodies was nothing less than incredible, and the R&B/pop album was entirely danceable.

Sho Nuff Records

17.Azealia Banks — Broke with Expensive Taste


18.Florence + the Machine — Lungs

Florence and the Machine

19.Ashlee Simpson — Autobiography

Ashlee Simpson

20.Princess Nokia — 1992 Deluxe

Princess Nokia made a boom in hip-hop with her debut release1992 Deluxe. The energetic socially aware record uplifted African diasporic traditions and culture, making it Princess Nokia's most conscious album. 

Princess Nokia made a boom in hip-hop with her debut release1992 Deluxe. The energetic socially aware record uplifted African diasporic traditions and culture, making it Princess Nokia's most conscious album.

Rough Trade Records