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Top 10 Artists Whose Debut Album Reached Number 1 Spot on Charts

Published on 11 July, 2013 at 9:51 am By

For an artist, a debut studio album means the first impression on his music lovers. It’s his chance to make it straight to their hearts. In this endeavor many came and went, but only a few enjoyed the fruit of fame with their debut albums. For instance, Gun N’ Roses holds the record of highest selling 18 million copies of their debut album “Appetite for Destruction,” the highest in the US history, but never really made to the top of the charts. That’s right. Some artists hit the charts heavy with their first studio album, while others make it big after years of their career in singing. Singers and bands such as Led Zeppelin (self-titled), Backstreet Boys, Rolling Stone (self-titled), Ten, Doggystyle, The Doors (self-titled), Jimmi Hendrix , Van Halen, are only a few to name. These artists may not have made it to the top charts with their debut albums, but have always remained number one in the hearts of their fans. So who really topped the charts? Let’s see in the list below, Top 10 artists whose debut album reached number 1 spot on the charts:

10. Home by Rudimental:

“Home” was the debut album by Rudimental, a British band. It was released in April 2013 and was placed high on the charts. With its single “Feel the Love”, the album climbed to number one in UK. “Waiting all night” from the same album also climbed to the number one position in the UK. Other tracks like “Not giving in” and “right here” were listed in top 20.

Home by Rudimental

9. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols by Sex Pistols:


Can you believe that it was the only album from the English punk rock group, Sex Pistols? After this, the band never came up with a second album. It was released in October 1977. It still enjoys the reputation of being an important album in the history of rock music. In 1987, Rolling Stones magazine called it the 2nd best album of the last 20 years.

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols by Sex Pistols

8. Bad Blood by Bastille:

This one came from Bastille, their album faced great competition from Stereophonics “Graffiti on the Train” before it could hit the number one spot on the charts. The album was released in March 2013, and its fourth single, “Pompeil”, claimed its position among the best selling singles of a debut album. Sadly, the title track of the album only made to number 90 on the billboards, and dropped out of the list in a week’s time.

Bad Blood by Bastille

7. Welcome Reality by Nero:

“Welcome reality” came as a debut album from Nero, an electronic music trio. The album was released in Ireland in August 2011. After its release, it hit the top position in UK Albums Chart. One of the singles “Promises” was given gold Status. Other tracks from the album, including “Guilt” and “Me and You” listed among the top 25.

Welcome Reality by Nero

6. Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus:

The album was the first of Biilly Ray Cyus, an American country music artist. It was released in 1992 and soon became the talk of the town. It peaked at number one on the Billboard charts, and the song “Achy Breaky Heart” became number one in many countries. It retained number one position for five weeks in “US Hot Country Songs” chart. The record achieved best selling triple Platinum status in Australia.

Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus

5. Spirit by Leona Lewis:

It didn’t just hit the charts, but came out a global success, and that means much more than number one in a single country. British singer and songwriter Leona Lewis achieved the milestone of topping the charts in over 30 countries with her debut album “Spirit”. It was released in 2007, and sold over eight million copies worldwide. “Bleeding Love”, one of singles of the album, was the most loved song of the album.

Spirit by Leona Lewis

4. Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish:

In 1994, “Cracked River View” was released under Atlantic Records, and the artist received a huge welcome from the public. It is one of the best selling albums in the history of United States, 16th to be specific. By 2012, over 10 million copies had been sold. The album had a slow start, but succeeded in touching number one in Canada and New Zealand.

Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish

3. Licensed to Ill by Beastie Boys:


One of Columbia Records’ fastest-selling debut albums, “Licensed to Ill” by Beastie Boys, was released as the first Rap Rock LP in 1986, and topped Billboard album chart. With a huge sale of over 9 million copies in the United States, the Beastie Boys dazzled the world. However, many critics wonder why Appetite for Destruction missed it. To say, Gun’s N Roses has been ranked number one by the fans, if not by the charts.

Licensed to Ill by Beastie Boys

2. Self-Titled Album by Whitney Houston:

Self-titled “Houston”, the debut album by American pop single Whitney Huston, reached number one on Billboard 200 chart for 14 weeks. It was released in February 14, 1985. Many songs of the album have remained the favorites of music lovers the world over. Rarely does any debut album enjoy being such a huge global success.

Self-Titled Album by Whitney Houston

1. Up All Night by One Direction:


Released by Syco Records, the debut album of English-Irish band made history on the charts by topping the list. The album was an International success and sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide. It was also UK’s fastest-selling debut album of 2011. In US, “Up All Night” jumped straight to number one on Billboard 200, selling over 176,000 copies in the very first week of its release. With all this success, the band entered the Guinness World Records as well.

Up All Night by One Direction


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