By: Zooby Qizilbash
It’s about cliché as it gets when someone asks you, “What’s your favorite album?” How about they just ask you what your favorite food, child and parent are? That’s about as tough as singling out someone’s favorite music album.
Grab a brew, your favorite snack. Bring a pen and paper with you. Sit back, relax and try to think of the Top Five Classic Rock albums of all-time. Tough task, eh? Now try to filter that search a little more by limiting the list to Top Five Classic Rock DEBUT albums of all-time. Think it over, let the Jeopardy music play in your head.
Alright now, STOP (in the name of love.) We’ve done the work for you. With a little help from the Post-Gazette.com, here, in no particular order, here is a list of the Top Five Classic Rock Debut Albums:
1. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin – 1969
Page. Bonham. Jones. Plant. The men of Led Zeppelin rocked like never before. “Good Times Bad Times” and “Your Time Is Gonna Come” are just some of the classics on this debut album. Chords and keys were hit that left the audience wondering what they just heard.
2. The Beatles – Please Please Me – 1963
This is the proper debut for the British Boys. “Meet the Beatles” is widely known as the first taste Americans got of The Beatles, but this LP is recognized as the starting point. “Twist and Shout” is one of their classics. Ringo Starr even contributes vocals on “Boys.” The combination of Lennon-McCartney on “I Saw Her Standing There” is only the beginning of a foundation of rock that changed a generation.
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced? – 1967
Arguably the best person to strum those strings, Jimi Hendrix is to the guitar as Michael Jordan is to basketball. The best there is. The best there was. The best there ever will be. Songs like “Foxy Lady” and “Manic Depression” are still recognized as some of the greatest rock songs ever written.
4. The Ramones – The Ramones – 1976
We can sum up this album in four iconic words: “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!” This iconic record included hits such as “Let’s Dance” and “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.” This group holds a lot of responsibility for introducing the age of punk and their influence is still felt today.
5. The Who – The Who Sings My Generation – 1965
The debut album includes tracks like “Out in the Street,” “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere,” “My Generation.” It’s been said that Pete Townshend’s writing was the most impressive thing about this debut album. It’s a record full of energy and a band that hit the ground running. “My Generation” is still heard today throughout various pop culture avenues and shows no signs of fading away.
Think we missed some legendary albums? Feel free to comment and let us know the good, the bad and the ugly of this list!