Out to a friend’s birthday dinner in collection!
M.I.A.’s second album was a landmark: an agitprop dance record that restyled hip-hop as one big international block party, mixing up beatbox riddims, playground rhymes, left-field samples and gunshots. It was also, against all odds, a hit, which spawned a huge single and transformed M.I.A. from a cult heroine to an A-lister.
It was fifty years ago today that the Beatles’ released their first album, Please Please Me. In honor of that world-changing LP, we’ve compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Debuts of All Time.
A note on how we made the list: Albums got docked points if the artist went on to far greater achievements; conversely, we gave a little extra recognition to great debut albums that the artist never matched. We also skipped solo debuts by artists who were already in well-known bands. We focused, instead, on debuts that gave you the thrill of an act arriving fully-formed, ready to reinvent the world in its own image.