The A.V. Club’s 20 Acts That Peaked With The Debut Album

By Amrit Singh / April 15, 2008

Here we are in the midst of ’08, a year that will undoubtedly see debut albums by a few bands we won’t know about next year. Or, on the other hand, bands we wish we’d stop hearing about next year. It’s true: Sometimes a group crystallizes their finest moments the first time around, spends the rest of their career trying to somehow tap that early magic. The people at the A.V. Club are smart. They know this, too. In fact, they’ve given us a Top 20. Via A.V. Club:

20 Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary
19 Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle
18 Supergrass – I Should Coco
17 The Sugarcubes – Life’s Too Good
16 Wu-Tang clan – Enter The Wu-Tang
15 Boston – Boston
14 Marshall Crenshaw – Marshall Crenshaw
13 Black Flag – Damaged
12 The Sundays – Reading, Writing, And Arithmetic
11 Taking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends

10 Television – Marquee Moon
09 Kanye West – The College Dropout
08 John Prine – John Prine
07 The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die
06 Nas – Illmatic
05 The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
04 The Strokes – Is This It
03 Richard Hell And The Voidoids – Blank Generation
02 50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin’
01 Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine

Actually, the list is pretty tight. We’re not entirely sure we agree with the inclusion of The College Dropout. Since the pointing out of the ones they missed is inevitable, we’ll get it started with a pair of roses: Guns ‘N Roses, Stone Roses. Your move.