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The best debut albums of the last 50 years by year

Yardbarker Logo By Evan Sawdey of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 52: There's an old saying in the music industry: You have your entire life to make your debut album. While some artists definitely need time to find their artistic voices — it took Britpop champions Pulp quite a bit of time to hone their sound before their 1995 masterpiece, "Different Class," dropped — some musicians come out of the gate swinging with a fantastic collection of songs brimming with uniqueness and a true sense of identity. Sometimes it's the opening salvo to a great career. Other times, it's the album they spend the rest of their lives trying to live up to.So with the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's iconic debut in sight and a Grammy Awards ceremony set to crown Cardi B's first studio full length as a monumental achievement in rap music, let's look back at 50 years of incredible records and determine the greatest debut album of each. (One note: We're saying these are great debuts, not the most influential. There's a difference.)

Debuts that define 50 years of music

There's an old saying in the music industry: You have your entire life to make your debut album. While some artists definitely need time to find their artistic voices — it took Britpop champions Pulp quite a bit of time to hone their sound before their 1995 masterpiece, "Different Class," dropped — some musicians come out of the gate swinging with a fantastic collection of songs brimming with uniqueness and a true sense of identity. Sometimes it's the opening salvo to a great career. Other times, it's the album they spend the rest of their lives trying to live up to.

So with the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's iconic debut in sight and a Grammy Awards ceremony set to crown Cardi B's first studio full length as a monumental achievement in rap music, let's look back at 50 years of incredible records and determine the greatest debut album of each. (One note: We're saying these are great debuts, not the most influential. There's a difference.)

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